Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Gloucester Gulls and Gawande

"The gull next door: Some Gloucester residents can’t stand all the seabirds" by Billy Baker Globe Staff  June 19, 2018

GLOUCESTER — The following statement is not news: There are lots of seagulls in Gloucester.

No, that’s a story as old as the city’s fabled fishing fleet.

What is news is that the city is now under siege, or at least it feels that way to some downtown residents, who say gulls have invaded in a whole new way, nesting on roofs, tearing into trashbags like they’re tortillas, and creating an incessant racket that destroys sanity and a good night’s sleep. And don’t get them started about droppings, which leave rooftops and cars looking like they were shot-up by a paintball gun filled with Wite-Out..... 

Is that really appropriate?


Hey, they don't want to be shark food.

Now Gawande:

"Bezos, Buffett, Dimon health venture will be based in Boston" by Felice J. Freyer and Janelle Nanos Globe Staff  June 20, 2018

Three of the country’s best-known business leaders have turned to Dr. Atul Gawande, a Boston surgeon and best-selling author, to head their new company aimed at reinventing how health care is delivered.

In announcing Gawande’s appointment Wednesday, investor Warren Buffett, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said their still emerging and still unnamed health care venture will be based in Boston. It remains unclear what exactly the company will do, but Gawande’s appointment suggests it is aiming high.

Oh, those richers will take good care of us all!

“What it says is that they’re thinking very big,” rather than narrowly focusing on technical issues like purchasing, said Dr. Robert M. Wachter, chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

The new company, which the founders said would be “free from profit-making incentives and constraints,” was established to improve health care and reduce costs for the 1.2 million employees of the three founders, but given the founders’ clout, the venture’s successes could become a model for health care around the country.

“What’s interesting about these big companies is they can use their employees as a laboratory,” said Kenneth Kaufman, managing director of Kaufman Hall, a health care consulting firm.

You're nothing but a guinea pig to them!

Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, declined a request for an interview through a spokeswoman......


The Globe asked Dr. Lisa Bielamowicz, cofounder and president of Gist Healthcare, a health care consultancy in Washington, D.C., and several other experts where Gawande should start in taking on overhauling health care and says here are four things you should know.

RelatedDr. Atul Gawande has long searched for a cure for the health care system

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