Primary Care

Key Trends to Watch: Health Systems Moving into Hospice, Home-Based Care

As more care moves into the home setting, more hospitals and health systems are throwing their hats into the ring. Coupled with the entry of more payers into the space, the influx of health systems into home health, hospice and community-based palliative care stands to change the competitive dynamics in markets nationwide. This is the last of … Read More
Published On: May 19, 2023

4 Surprising Truths about Loneliness… and 4 Things You Can Do About it

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., recently outlined a national framework to combat the loneliness epidemic in the United States. He noted four important facts about loneliness and social isolation: Being lonely is as bad for your long-term health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day! People who are lonely are 26% more likely to die … Read More
Published On: May 15, 2023

Important Masking and Visitor Policy Updates

Dear Neighbors, I am pleased to inform you that the California Department of Public Health has ended the mask mandate for health care settings effective April 3, 2023. Health care staff, patients/residents and visitors should consider wearing a mask based on personal level of risk, the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels and Hoag’s policies. The CDC strongly recommends … Read More
Published On: April 7, 2023

Vivante Newport Center has ‘Montage’ Feel

Image Courtesy: OCBJ ­After the 2007-08 financial crisis, Nexus Companies PresidentCory Alder—together with CEO Curt Olson—went on the hunt for new building opportunities for the Santa Ana-based real estate developer. With Orange County’s population aging, they studied hundreds of senior living facilities in coastal towns like Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, where they discovered a surprising fact. “There … Read More
Published On: March 13, 2023

Why Daylight Saving Time Makes You Feel Terrible

This Sunday it’s time for the start of daylight saving time, so clocks will spring forward an hour. And if you get a case of the Mondays following the start of daylight saving time, there may actually be medical evidence for it. Not only are we losing an hour of sleep by springing forward, but … Read More
Published On: March 10, 2023

Top It Off: Helmets Help Prevent Head Injuries

You wouldn’t hike barefoot (we hope). So why would you bike, skate, play football or ride a horse without a helmet? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1.5 million Americans survive a traumatic brain injury every year, and 176 people a day die from TBI. “There is no such thing as … Read More
Published On: March 8, 2023

3 Ways to Shine During Daylight Saving Time

Spring forward, fall… asleep at your desk? Daylight saving is just around the corner, and Hoag neurologist and renowned sleep specialist Jose Puangco, M.D., suggests preparing your body now for the under-appreciated effect that a shift in time can make. “Sleep is a function of the brain, and the brain needs time to adjust to … Read More
Published On: March 8, 2023

How to Love Your Heart in 5 Steps

It’s February, and romance is in the air… so, show your heart some love by keeping 5 things in mind. “Make an investment for your heart and keep it consistent,” Itchhaporia, M.D., M.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., F.E.S.C., Eric & Sheila Samson Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Health and medical director of congestive heart failure and telemetry programs. “Keeping … Read More
Published On: February 27, 2023

Hoag Brings Private Sector to Healthcare Research

Photo by: OCBJ Robert Braithwaite likes to use a new phrase to describe what Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian is doing—“privademics.” The idea is to combine the speed of the private sector with the talent of academic researchers, the chief executive of Hoag said. “When you look at the Mayo Clinic, they’ve brought together the private sector and academia,” Braithwaite … Read More
Published On: February 24, 2023