COUNTY: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public by David Ansell M.D., Quentin Young

By David Ansell M.D., Quentin Young

The Chicago solar Times, December 26, 2011

 " Must learn publication of 2012: Public Hospital's unhappy Tale"

Make it the final booklet you learn in 2011 or your first of 2012 yet no matter what you do. do not fail to spot County:Life, loss of life and Poilitics at Chicago's Public Hospital... Esther Cepeda

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The murmur of many separate conversations burbled through the air. As I scanned the room I saw a United Nations of young doctors representing many ethnicities, states and countries. Long hair and afros abounded. For the first time since starting medical school, I felt at home, despite the rumors about the hospital’s persistent troubles. There was still talk about the hospital closing and layoffs of staff, but I was preoccupied with my own thoughts about not killing patients. I shoved my worries about the viability of the hospital to the recesses of my brain.

The patient stalked onto the floor determined to exact revenge. He did. Bruno was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Chinese man cornered Bruno and yanked the cleaver from its hiding place in his pants. Screams and slashes ensued. Bruno staggered, mortally wounded, into the corridor and collapsed in a pool of blood as horrified interns and nurses looked on. A plaque memorializing Bruno Epstein and his untimely end was on the wall of the residents’ lounge for all new interns to see. ” The intern of the year award was named for poor Bruno.

When one of the County Board Commissioners said that Dr. Young would get appointed, “over my dead body,” Dr. ” Quentin inspired a Renaissance of sorts at County. Many idealistic doctors had left County in the years before his arrival. His interest in the role of social conditions and deprivation on health attracted a new generation of attending and resident physician staff back to County Hospital. Another group of reinforcements had arrived at the front lines of the health care wars. Quentin’s chairmanship was not without its challenges.

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