Dr Sidney R Garfield

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Book PreviewHow one physician's revolutionary vision paved the way from a 12-bed hospital in the Mojave Desert at the height of the Great Depression to what is today the nation's largest, most successful non-profit health care organization, Kaiser Permanente.

For too long, Sidney Garfield, M.D., has stood in the giant shadow cast by his more celebrated partner and friend, Henry J. Kaiser, the great entrepreneur and industrialist. Mr. Kaiser’s name and fame live on, mainly in association with the only nonprofit organization ever incorporated by the builder of more than 100 for-profit companies — Kaiser Permanente. But the physician whose extraordinary vision and daring innovations in health care delivery gave birth to that same organization remains largely unrecognized beyond the select circle of medical historians and the heritage-minded physicians and staff of Kaiser Permanente.

This book tells the story of Dr Garfield's long and eventful career in turning his desert dream into a thriving and enduring reality that continues to offer a practical model for the future of American health care.

Henry J. Kaiser is the name most often associated with Kaiser Permanente, the medical care program that was, in his own view, his greatest achievement. He once said, "I only expect to be remembered for ... filling the people’s greatest need: good health." He also was always careful to acknowledge that he could never have done what he did in health care without his co-founder, surgeon Sidney R. Garfield, M.D.
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