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Selling Teaching Hospitals And Practice Plans

Author: John A. Kastor
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 0801888115
Size: 45.56 MB
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Why would a university renowned for its school of medicine ever sell its teaching hospital? In his newest book, Dr. John A. Kastor presents an insider’s view of why university medical centers decide to sell teaching hospitals, why the decision might be a good one, and how such transitions are received by the faculty and administration. Kastor tells the story of two universities that, under financial duress for more than a decade, chose to sell their teaching hospitals. George Washington University sold to a national, for-profit corporation, Universal Health Services, Inc., and Georgetown University sold to a not-for-profit, local company, MedStar Health. Through interviews with key players involved in and affected by these decisions, Kastor examines the advantages and disadvantages of selling and describes the problems that can afflict medical schools that separate from their faculty practice plans. For the current leaders of medical schools facing similar financial challenges, Kastor analyzes how much it costs to teach clinical medicine and offers valuable advice on how to reduce expenses and increase surpluses.

Caring For The Heart

Author: W. Bruce Fye
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 019998235X
Size: 39.82 MB
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This study explores the parallel histories of the Mayo Clinic, the care of patients with heart disease, and specialization in cardiology during the twentieth century. Chapters are devoted to such technologies as open-heart surgery, coronary angiography, and echocardiography, and to the key individuals, instituions, and innovations that played vital roles in the technologies that transformed heart care.--From publisher description.

The National Institutes Of Health

Author: John Kastor
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019045380X
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This book describes the premier organization for the performance and funding of biomedical research in the United States. By articulating events that occurred at the National Institutes of Health from 1991-2008, this volume also examines the leadership of directors Bernadine Healy, Harold Varmus and Elias Zerhouni. To conduct his research, Dr. Kastor interviewed more than 200 people currently working at the NIH, those who have left and those funded by the institute. In an engaging and dynamic prose style, Dr. Kastor presents his findings on the operations, problems, controversies, financies, politics and structure of the NIH. The book begins by examining topics such as the NIH's evaluation of grant funding, the argument between those who favor support of basic biomedical science versus clinical research, the inclusion of HIV/AIDS in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the unique features of the Clinical Center, the hospital of the NIH. The volume concludes with a review of the recent conflict of interest controversy, the NIH's response to recent budget constrictions and the role of the institute in the Obama administration.