My hospital CEO blogging colleague, Nick Jacobs, has written a book called Taking the Hell out of Healthcare. It is available here on Amazon. It is very good.
Here's a blurb I wrote about it:
"Nick Jacobs provides a clear guidebook to those of us who find ourselves in a hospital. He poses the questions that we should be asking --but often forget to -- and answers them in plain English so that we can enter the strange world of medicine with greater comfort and less anxiety-- then go home again feeling not only cured, but good."
And here are some other comments:
"Nick Jacobs has dedicated his life to improving the lives of others. His unique, seasoned inside look into hospitals will arm you with the information to get the best health care for you and your family."
Tony Chen, Founder of Hospitalimpact.org
"With twenty years in health care administration, Nick Jacobs brings directly to the patients and their families the information essential to comprehend the nuances of the complex quagmire of experiences that make up the American healthcare system. Jacobs is truly a committed patient advocate, and this book is a must read. "
Dr. Dean Ornish, Founder and President,
Preventative Medicine Research Institute
"Nick Jacobs' long experience in American healthcare pays off for patients and their loved ones who want to know the best way to advocate for themselves in today's healthcare maze. A critical read for anyone who wantsto get the most out of their healthcare journey."
Craig D. Shriver, MD FACSColonel MC, General Surgery Director
and Principal Investigator - Clinical Breast Care Project
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
"Nick Jacobs likes being Nick Jacobs, and that is a very good thing for hundreds of hospital staff and patients at Windber Medical Center. His is a special kind of ego that says he can do better by his patients and staff than just about anyone else. That's no idle boast. See for yourself. His brand of management has done very good things for all concerned. Learn for yourself."
Zane Knauss, Publicist and Writer
"Taking the Hell Out of Healthcare" provides the patient with a practical (and sometimes humorous) view on how to navigate the healthcare system. Don't leave home without it!"
Beth Bierbower,Vice President