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September 30, 2008

Medical Women

Thanks to those of you who submitted applications for the Bisnow Green Leadership Awards. Thanks to the Lerner and Abramson familes who will host the awards dinner October 28. Announcement of winners will be made shortly.


Please don't send complaints about that title. Put down your pitchforks, angry mob. Being disruptive is a compliment when traditional healthcare reform tactics are ineffective. Last week, we met some truly disruptive women at a blog unveiling at the National Press Club. Over 25 women will be blogging about bold healthcare changes at Disruptive Women in Healthcare, and the list includes some local talent.


DC Family Health & Birth Center founder Ruth Lubic, right, with Amplify Public Affairs CEO Robin Strongin. The Birth Center, in Ward 5, is posting stellar low averages compared to DC's poor maternity outcomes: Cesarean Sections: 13% v. 32%. Low Birth Weights: 6% v. 14%; Preterm births: 7% v. 24%. Good numbers pay off as Ruth says they have the backing of Councilman David Catania for a new center in Ward 7 or 8. For more visuals, click here to see Ruth's recent appearance on the CBS Evening News. She's 81-years-old but still commutes home to NY every weekend.


Ruth imparts wisdom to Teri Louden of the Louden Network. Teri's a tech consultant specializing in e-health. Her latest project answers the question "If people can get addicted to games and entertainment, why not good things in healthcare?" includes a health game arcade, reviews, and other efforts to combine gaming and health. We say it's about time. For years, we've made the case that Super Mario is obese, Pacman is jaundiced, and Donkey Kong would be great for non-human primate research.


Former GW president Steve Trachtenberg dropped by our Bisnow office yesterday (our staff pretending to look industrious in the background) and told us that one of the major neighborhood critics of the school's putting up a new hospital a few years ago became one of its first patients when it opened. He said he wrote her a note cheerfully asking if she weren't glad there was such a convenient hospital she could use. He said he got a nasty reply, but he rolled with the punch. "Some of these critics just can't help themselves. Their anger is a biological thing."  

Curtis Raye has declared himself a disruptive woman in Healthcare. Thanks, Title IX. If you're hosting events like the one in today's article, let us know:

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