A message from Dr. Alieta Eck--
I spent an hour listening to an expert from NYC address our medical staff this week. The physicians were subdued as this man explained why our hospital needs to join one of the six hospital conglomerates in NJ.
I heard words like market share, economies of scale, leverage, competition, and survival. He and our hospital CEO talked about "high quality care," but did not define the term. NEVER in the entire discussion was "patient" mentioned. The expert even told us that medicine has now become commoditized and we have to get used to it.