The fabric of my life displays the fact that many days are spent in and around medical centers. Stanford is my home church, but yesterday I returned from a three-day trip to Harvard where the Mega Medical Center is in brilliant display. Last month I sojourned at the University of Colorado in Denver which seems to stretch to the horizon. I transit UCSF and UCLA as a regular part of my life. These ivory towers are city blocks full of people and equipment all of which cost treasuries full of money. The U.S. spends $2 trillion dollars per year on the medical system, the bulk of which winds its way through various channels to these medical centers.
Stanford is well embarked on a $2 billion upgrade. Our CEO recently regaled the medical staff members on the incredible doodaddery that our towers will encompass. Great hurrahs. I put up my hand and asked, "What are you doing to keep people out of the hospital?" Silence.