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  • Genre:MEDICAL
  • SubGenre:Health Policy
  • Language:English
  • Pages:116
  • eBook ISBN:9781619275638

Close to Change

Perspectives on Change and Healthcare for a Doctor, a Town, and a Country

by Matt Lambert, M.D.

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Overview
On August 7, 2012 Camden Clark Medical Center announced the impending closure of the St. Joseph Hospital campus in Parkersburg, WV. Among the reasons provided for closure of the hospital were upcoming changes established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Being a person who was born at St Joseph’s and raised in Parkersburg, I was moved by the news of the upcoming closure. Being a physician and a healthcare consultant whose life and career have been greatly impacted by the same legislation, I was moved even more. So moved in fact, that I decided to write a book.
Description
On August 7, 2012 Camden Clark Medical Center announced the impending closure of the St. Joseph Hospital campus in Parkersburg, WV. Among the reasons provided for closure of the hospital were upcoming changes established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Being a person who was born at St Joseph’s and raised in Parkersburg, I was moved by the news of the upcoming closure. Being a physician and a healthcare consultant whose life and career have been greatly impacted by the same legislation, I was moved even more. So moved in fact, that I decided to write a book. As I began to research about the closing of the hospital of my birth and what that change would mean for my hometown, I quickly realized that I was being pulled in two other directions. It was going to be impossible to write this book without looking at changes within myself and upcoming changes in healthcare for our nation. The closing of St. Joe's became the prism between those two other ideas. It is a book about healthcare, but it is more about change.
About the author
Matt Lambert, M.D. is an emergency medicine physician, healthcare consultant, musician, and author. He is a practicing clinician and also works for Clinovations, a Washington, DC based healthcare consulting company at the intersection of delivery, policy, and technology. He plays music under the name of Doc Lambert and the Mountain City band and releases include Hot Outada Oven, Tranquilo, and Tucker County Time. He has lived and practiced medicine from Hawaii to Washington, DC, where he currently resides, when he is not in Davis, WV.
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