September 21, 2006
HealthCare Emergency: (left) Dr. James Lew is still angry after seeing a patient die because of a failing bureaucracy. (right) Dr. Jeffrey Arnold, Natividad’s chief medical officer (here with fellow emergency room physician Jeff Brody), says the ER is “the safety net within the safety net.’’
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Local medical professionals and public health officials worry that a bad situation is about to get much worse.
The physician stares at the floor a few moments and says nothing. Then slowly, deliberately, James Lew, a doctor at Clinica de Salud in East Salinas, recounts a heart-wrenching experience. About two years ago, a ...