Dr. Brad Berk

Dr. Brad Berk

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 8:30pm - 9:00pm

Dr. Brad Berk, CEO-on-leave from the University of Rochester Medical Center, talks one-on-one with host Julie Philipp.  Dr. Berk talks candidly about his spinal cord injury and how it has affected him both personally and professionally. Click Here to listen to an excerpt from the program.



Perhaps an Interesting Point of View for a Healthcare CEO

I'm looking forward to this interview and am particularly interested in Dr. Berk's view of the healthcare he received. His accident has put him in the unique position of going from being CEO of a major medical center to being a patient. I wonder what it was like for him to suddenly find himself on the patient side of the equation? Have any of his views as a Physician or heath care manager changed? What did he think of the system and how patients are treated? Insurance, billing? etc? I think his point of view will be very interesting to hear.

I'd be interested in knowing

I'd be interested in knowing why it's so difficult for someone with physical disabilities to receive physical therapy while they are admitted here. My daughter was at Strong for 15 days. I requested she'd get PT and only received 1 15 minutes session of PT during her stay! I can't imagine that this is healthy! is there a policy in place of how much therapy a patient should receive based on the lenght of stay?

Concerned parent

PT in hospital

PT is not determined by length of hospital stay. It should be determined by the patient's physician and the rest of the team looking after the patient, and usually happens after dismissal from the hospital.

When my husband had his quadruple bypass at Strong, a hospital social worker came and talked to us about what he'd need for PT after he recovered, and then someone from PT came up to see him and talk about what he'd need. When he came home, PT was covered by our insurance, and he had people coming to our place on a regular schedule to take him through various exercises, some of which he also did on his own between their visits.

Sometimes the decision also has to do with the patient's insurance, unfortunately.