The Story of Dr. Sidney R. Garfield

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Tom Debley in collaboration with Jon Stewart
How 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.

Like the architect he always wanted to be, physician Sidney R. Garfield spent most of his life designing and building a model of a new kind of health care. Built on the foundations of group practice (as opposed to solo practice), prepayment (as opposed to fee-for-service), and prevention and health promotion (as opposed to sick care only), it was in many ways the opposite, mirror-image of the way health care was nuanced and delivered in the rest of America.

In partnership with Henry J. Kaiser, one of the great industrialists of the early 20th century, Garfield stood against waves of early opposition from mainstream medicine and went on to build one of the most acclaimed and successful health care organizations in America.

This book tells the story of Dr. Sidney 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.

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