The book I have been working on for several years about Grady Hospital and hospitals like it around the country has a new title.
“A Spirit of Charity”: Restoring the Bond Between America and Its Public Hospitals.
The title is based on one of my favorite FDR quotes; “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.”
I’m going to keep the Failure to Thrive blog theme here. Originally that was going to be the title of the book too, but there are already too many books out there with that name or something like it. Still, I like it for the blog, mostly because of my strong feeling that our nation still hasn’t created a health care system that allows the poor the same kind of access to needed care that the rest of us have. You need only look to Georgia and neighboring southern states to see how we have left millions of working poor people and their families behind to fend for themselves. It is impossible for these folks to thrive in the face of such icy indifference. And public hospitals like Grady shoulder the burden of this fundamental failure. That’s what I’ll be talking about in the book.
Last weekend The New York Times and Enroll America provided a revealing map of the counties around the country where the highest concentrations of people without health insurance live. You can look at it here.
Meanwhile, watch this space. “Spirit of Charity” will be coming soon to a bookstore near you, or to the digital device that you may now be holding in your hand.