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Month: October 2019

Central Valley workplaces can be hostile for minority doctors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (October 23, 2019) – Despite the dire need for primary health care providers in California’s Central Valley, workplace discrimination and harassment can cause some of them to change practices or leave the region entirely. 
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UC Davis Children’s Hospital unveils new high-tech, child-friendly ambulance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (October 28, 2019) – The UC Davis Children’s Hospital has a new ride — see the new Children’s Hospital ambulance. 
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Research excellence awards mark faculty, staff achievements

Twenty-two faculty and staff were recognized for their success in gaining extramural funding and their contributions to the Medical Center’s research mission during the Office of Research’s Excellence in Research Awards ceremony Friday, Oct. 25.]]>Original Article…

An Electronic Survey Methodology

Emergency Medicine News spoke with Jeff Strickler, RN, the associate vice president of University of North Carolina (UNC) hospitals about Bivarus, an electronic survey methodology. He discussed why UNC’s ED made the switch, how it works, and the differences between Bivarus and paper-based survey tools. Why did you decide to try this analytics company? Did it have anything to do with Press Ganey dissatisfaction? The satisfaction with Press Ganey is maybe a strong word but I think it had a lot to do with the limitations related to what was our current customer service survey methodology, which happened to be Press Ganey. But Press Ganey’s not much different than any of the other companies that would’ve been out there. They all have the same limitations, particularly as it relates to emergency departments. We had a very small response rate. The only people that are getting surveys are those patients that are discharged from the emergency department. So for our emergency department, which is admitting 30 percent of our patients, we felt like we were losing a significant voice of people that were not just admitted but tend to be the more severely ill or injured and able to describe their patient experience. So we really kinda felt like that was, you know, missing.           Can you briefly explain how Bivarus works? So, the person only gets a 10-question survey, so you don’t get the survey fatigue that you get from many of the traditional paper-based survey tools or like HCAPS. So there’re only 10 questions, but those 10 questions are dynamic. They change for each patient. So, there’s a 100-question bank and 10 different categories looking at various things in care, so like, safety, looking at processes of care, looking at communication, etc. The other traditional tools also…

Tame Impala: “It Might Be Time”

Kevin Parker offers a meatier slice of existential dread from the band’s forthcoming album, The Slow RushOriginal Article…

Watch Kanye Do “Closed on Sunday” in NYC’s Oculus on Kimmel

West brought his Jesus Is King track for a pre-recorded segmentOriginal Article…

Great Grandpa: Four of Arrows

The indie rock quintet’s second album is more spacious, folksy, and adroit, centering on the evocative voice of lead singer Alex Menne.Original Article…

Coma Cat – Scratch

Move over, Pussy Riot, here come the COMA CATS, an all-female punk garage band hailing from Scotland’s capital! With a deliberately unpolished sound and lyrics that range from ambiguous to full-on aggressive, it’s fair to say the outfit doesn’t give a rat’s arse about technical fineries and other boring aspects… which so obviously clash with punk rocks’ unwritten ethics. Original Article…

Kelly Rowland hasn’t ruled out making new music with Destiny’s Child

The singer insists she has no plans to do a new track with her bandmates Beyoncé and Michelle Williams, but has confessed Original Article…

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Dexys – One Day I’m Going to Soar

Dexys are back with wisdom and wings. Some of us never doubted. Original Article…