Originally Posted by heartpa
Some of the best heart surgeons I've worked with are in their retirement age. Some still operating in their early 70's. Experience and good judgement more better than being young.
I never said anything about that particular physician lacking capability because of his age. No one who knows Michael Dang would even think of saying anything like that.
No, what I was referring to is not capability but desire. There does come a time when even the very best practitioners seek to slow down, by choice.
I would think he'd be getting close. LOVES his golf!
And ITA with you about the value of experience and judgement. That's why I'd take my CT needs to Oahu. Nothing personal---it's just that the MMMC team CV/OHS team is still in its formative stages and I'm sure there are many kinks to be worked out. That just goes along with opening up a new service.
From what I hear the team is made up largely of contract/traveler personnel? I suppose it would have to be---nobody there had been doing OHS, so the need to recruit from elsewhere is not surprising. MMMC probably wouldn't be able to attract many experienced nurses from Oahu---the pay is about 30% lower than what a job rate RN would make here. But it would be a nice option for a CV RN who was thinking of heading to Maui anyway.
Maui certainly needs more in the way of higher acuity services, given its growing population.
Personally I think it needs another hospital on the other side. Plans were scrapped a while ago but they really need to rethink that, IMHO.