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The New York Times reports that one out of 25 heart-bypass surgery patients at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York don't survive. That's the highest death rate of any hospital in the state.

Trying to imagine the world without Bill Clinton scares me. He is one smart guy who has seen how government works (and doesn't) from the true inside. Just knowing that his advice is available to world leaders is comforting. So, Bill, please switch hospitals!!!

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/06/health/06hosp.html

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>The New York Times reports that one out of 25 heart-bypass

>surgery patients at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York

>don't survive. That's the highest death rate of any hospital

>in the state.

>Trying to imagine the world without Bill Clinton scares me. He

>is one smart guy who has seen how government works (and

>doesn't) from the true inside. Just knowing that his advice is

>available to world leaders is comforting. So, Bill, please

>switch hospitals!!!

>

>http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/06/health/06hosp.html

 

I read that the average nationwide death toll was 1%. How could one hospital be that different? From 1% to 4% is a huge jump!

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I think Clinton will do just fine, but for a special reason. He´s famous. They will make sure nothing, but nothing, goes wrong or is neglected in his case. Celebrity counts in NYC.

 

I am in and out of NYC hospitals a lot for professional reasons and almost all of them are sub par by national urban standards. The most common problems: low level (nurses´aides, cleaners, etc.) help that is insufficiently trained and poorly motivated, and problematic administration and management in many places, frequently being hampered by outrageous union rules and practices, which can make good decisions difficult or impossible to carry out. These two factors result in mistakes in follow-up (and every once in a while the wrong operation being performed). The heroes are the nurses who really know what´s going on, care, and see that things get right when they go wrong. There are a lot of class issues in the medical system as well, with poorer and uninsiured people seeming to receive a lower level of care and skill even in quite good hospitals. That won´t be the case with Clinton, of course.

 

Actually, Columbia Presbyterian is one of the two best hospitals in NYC by my lights, the other being New York Hospital / Cornell Medical Center.

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