Politics Articles

Solid alternatives to ERs still lacking

Austin American-Statesman, January 22, 2014

On the second day of the new year, I slipped on a rock and fell into Shoal Creek. When I saw the gigantic splash coupled […]


Plugging the mental health care gap in Austin

Austin American-Statesman, December 8, 2013

The Seton Healthcare Family’s announcement Tuesday to open the region’s first psychiatric emergency department raises a simple question: How has Austin gotten by for so […]


The story behind a plaque

Austin American-Statesman, September 8, 2013

Emergency rooms, psychiatric facilities and geriatric units can be pressure cookers for patient-on-worker violence, with nurses bearing the brunt. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor […]


Emergency rooms often dangerous; new law helps protects staff

Austin American-Statesman, September 7, 2013

On the outside of an emergency department door, it’s a felony to assault emergency personnel. On the inside, it’s a misdemeanor. That is, until now. […]


Universal health care works well in Mexico

Austin American-Statesman, July 20, 2013

In 2003, half of Mexico’s 100 million people lacked health insurance. Self-employed farmers, street vendors and those with odd jobs had to pay out of […]


She was our rare Rose, and she left city better

Austin American-Statesman, June 1, 2013

At 1 p.m. Saturday, people will gather at the Central Presbyterian Church downtown to honor Rose Lancaster, who died last week at the age of […]


Governor, do the math on Medicaid expansion

Austin American-Statesman, March 3, 2013

I’ve never been a fan of former hospital executive Rick Scott, but he did the right thing last month in making the decision as Republican […]


Proposal offers Texans better health care access

Austin American Statesman, February 15, 2013

While Gov. Rick Perry was in California this week attempting to woo insurance, high tech and film industry leaders to the Lone Star State’s business-friendly, […]


Toni Inglis Dec. 2012 UT-Austin School of Nursing Convocation Address

Bass Concert Hall, December 8, 2012

Thank you, Dean Stuifbergen, distinguished faculty, friends and families. Congratulations, Class of 2012! Here you are. You’ve completed something extremely difficult, been in school, many […]


Proposition 1 would improve care now and in the future

Austin American-Statesman, October 26, 2012

Opponents of Proposition 1 ask why the state doesn’t pay for a medical school here. If we wait for the state, we’ll grow old and […]