In 2011, my first novel was published. It is a medical novel, and, unsurprisingly, since I practiced as a nephrologist for many years, it takes place in a dialysis unit. I learned a lot from writing this book, seeing it published and living with the consequences. Since its publication, many professionals have confided to me that they harbor a secret desire to write a book. I want to share my ...

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Chronic kidney failure is a serious disease. When progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) occurs, dialysis is required to sustain life. It is shocking, then, that in the United States, it is estimated that over 1,000 patients annually are involuntarily discharged from their dialysis clinics. Further, they are often "blackballed" from other local clinics. The consequences for such patients, predominately African-American, are dire. A patient may be unable to find a ...

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Greg Smith, formerly of Goldman Sachs, has described a positive organizational culture as being the “secret sauce of greatness.” What is the nature of this secret sauce? A simple, popular definition is that “organizational culture is the way we do things here.” The relationship between organizational culture and organizational success is unassailable. In our commercial dealings, has not each of us easily recognized when a business culture is truly customer-focused, and ...

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Hospitals commonly espouse a commitment to patient-centered care (PCC). Most fail to achieve it. Causative factors are legion. PCC is often considered a strategy or a tactic, for example, when it really should be integral to an organization’s culture, and enabled by a supportive vision. Some organizations appreciate this, yet still struggle. This is understandable. Today’s health care providers were not trained to provide PCC. They lack the requisite skills, ...

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