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The Hospital’s Place in the New Health Landscape
Op/Ed: The New York Times

A Feb. 26 Op-Ed article by Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel asked, “Are Hospitals Obsolete?” The answer is unequivocally no.

In times of disasters, outbreaks and tragedies, communities lean on their hospitals: That fact will never change. Hospitalizations for the flu reached record levels this winter, with people flocking to their local hospitals for care, forcing some hospitals to erect tents to care for all who walked through their doors.

Hospitals and health systems also cared for people after too many incidents of violence in our communities. Moreover, they will continue to perform sophisticated surgery, diagnostics and therapeutics at the cutting edge of scientific development. This work will always be there and will only grow.

At the same time, the real issue is the redefinition of the hospital.