Hospital Stay: Health Care Made Simple

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This book is for patients and family members who find themselves in the confusing confines of a hospital environment. With a clear and concise approach, HOSPITAL STAY explains the major, often confusing, elements of a hospital visit. Our hope is that it will help relieve uncertainty and reduce stress, freeing patients to focus their energies on getting better. 
 
Written in layman's terms by doctors and a hospital administrator, HOSPITAL STAY demystifies the concerns that crop up when one is in need of ongoing medical attention. Each chapter highlights a facet of the hospital experience--from admission to procedures, discharge, billing, and insurance--shedding light on the questions and concerns that arise from any hospital stay. 
 
By laying out what a patient might expect in simple terms, HOSPITAL STAY helps familiarize everyone involved with the situation, removing the anxiety and confusion so often generated by sudden illness. In this way, family members are afforded peace of mind, and patients are better able to focus on themselves.    

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A hospital stay in the United States can be a great equalizer. It mixes disease and diagnosis, joy and despair, and physical and mental tribulations, all of which are encompassed by matters of life and death. Regardless of class, education, or ethnicity, however, few people understand the science and service behind the delivery of modern medicine, let alone the billing and insurance systems that usually follow. As health care reform takes center stage across the nation, hospital stays continue to be full of uncertainty and trepidation.

For the past eight years, I have had a front row seat to what public opinion has perceived to be the decline of Western medicine, particularly as it applies to the health care system in the United States. As the successor to hospital CEO after my father's unexpected death, I transitioned from health care lawyer to the head of a small community hospital in Los Angeles County, California. During this time, I have come to understand a great deal about the current state of health care in this country. One of the biggest surprises I have found is that health care and hospitals are not as complicated as most people believe.

My inspiration to write this book came from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward, a novel published in 1968 and set in a Soviet hospital circa 1955:

"Unforeseen and unprepared for, the disease had come upon him, a happy man with few cares, like a gale in the space of two weeks. But Pavel Nikolayevich was tormented, no less than by the disease itself, by having to enter the clinic as an ordinary patient, just like anyone else."

Five decades later, medicine still faces similar issues. Since few people are ever prepared for a hospitalization, this book aims to provide patients with all the necessary information to make their hospital stay as smooth as possible. It is also intended to serve as a complement to the doctor-patient relationship as it tries to answer questions that a patient or family member might not be able to ask in person.

It is my hope this book will dispel, or at least lessen, the feelings of hopelessness and fear that inevitably occur when one is admitted to the hospital. If the information in this book results in a more comfortable, relaxed stay for both the patient and family alike, then it has succeeded.

--Craig Garner

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Prior to assuming the post of Chief Executive Officer at a community hospital in Los Angeles County, California, Craig Garner practiced law as an attorney and partner specializing in health care issues. He serves on the advisory board for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, and on the board of directors for LVS Health Innovations, an evidence-based health management company focused on creating sustainable active and healthy lifestyles. Craig is also on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Opera and the Board of Visitors of Seaver College at Pepperdine University. He lives in Southern California with his wife Natalya.

Dr. Thomas Gionis serves as President of Aristotle University, Dean and Professor of Public Health at Aristotle University School of Public Health. Dr. Gionis is a United States Fulbright Scholar in Law, a current member of the United States Fulbright PEER Review Committee Member/Global-Public Health, and former UCLA Visiting Scholar in Public Health.

Dr. Galal Gough served on the Medical Board for California between 1984 and 1991, including its President and the California representative to the Federation of State Medical Boards. Since 1985, Dr. Gough has served on the California Committee of Bar Examiners and was appointed Chairman of the Committee in 2010.

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