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Christina Beach Thielst
Santa Barbara, CA
A former hospital administrator with a passion for improving healthcare!
Interests: The patient experience, social and mobile health, raising Arbequina olives, air plant decor, Louisiana and my family.
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My background is in the business of healthcare and that includes promotion of products and services. But, never in my 35+ year career would I expect to produce a 420 Gift Guide for 2018. As a matter of fact, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
In February, I became an Ambassador of the Chronic Disease Coalition representing the Guillain Barre/CIDP community. I will be leveraging my experience as a healthcare executive and learnings as a patient to continue my passion for ensuring patients receive the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
The taboos surrounding medical marijuana; including CBD means there is a huge need for educating patients and their family caregivers. Go to any online support group for chronic illness and diseases and you will likely find questions from patients who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Getting dressed or undressed can be a challenge for those with functional limitations. Shoe horns can help with getting shoes on and there are special devices to help those who even have trouble pulling on socks. My must have was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
This third post concludes our series of guest posts from Dr. Sepulveda. I hope it has prompted thought, reflection and perhaps a bit of conversation. by Sebastian Sepulveda, MD, author of At Death's Door: End of Life Stories from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Disability and disabled aren’t great words. They really don’t convey the why or how someone is “disabled”; and more importantly their abilities. Leveraging our abilities and performing meaningful work (in the home and/or business world) is desirable and keeps us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
We continue with the second part in our series on end of life care with another guest post from... Sebastian Sepulveda, MD, author of At Death's Door: End of Life Stories from the Bedside Understanding What’s to Come: Open and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
As a Baby Boomer, even on the tail end, I'm a digital immigrant because I did not grow up with the technologies we have today. So, I'm quite proud of my first (successful) video to describe functional limitations and my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
I'm not one to sit still, unless I'm working and/or typing a blog post. I move and explore new places whenever I have an opportunity, so my functional limitations related to walking, standing, driving and focusing did have an impact... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
End of life care is resource intensive and costly... financially and emotionally. As an administrator, I've been involved in mediating conflict between patients and their families and sometimes between either with their professional caregivers. It is an unpleasant position, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
I've been a gardener my whole life. It started in the hot sticky summers of South Louisiana with my family; although pulling weeds was horrible. In California, weeds aren't such an issue since.... we don't have so much water! Anyway,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Drum beat, please.... healthcare is complex, relies upon evidence-based and individual workflows and is highly regulated. The most effective apps have end users and their needs in mind. This guest post highlights opportunities for improvement and better returns on investment.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Years ago, as I prepared to write a book on use of social media in healthcare, I signed on and really liked FourSquare. They split the app a couple of years later and it lost value for me. But, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
The Institute on Aging recently posted on how seniors can strengthen their immune system: and family and friends can help. They offer immune-boosting strategies that make sense for seniors and even pre-seniors or those with autoimmune conditions. Looking at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Since 2005, I've blogged as a healthcare administrator and along the way met some great blogger friends. John Lynn of Healthcare Scene was one of the very first; because we shared an interest in healthcare social media, or #hcsm, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Being an activated and engaged patient means you are constantly learning and becoming a better self advocate. Just when things are sailing along smoothly, BOOM! My new learning has to do with insurance coverage and the start of each new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
As one with autoimmune conditions, this post topic is an important to me. My top fatigue is "just need to sit". You can ask my family how many times I say, "I just need to sit." My mind is still... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
As a hospital administrator, I wanted telemedicine for my small rural hospital so we could better know when our patients really did need to be transferred to larger hospitals with access to specialists. Then, I began working with telehealth networks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
My work in hospitals and community health has included a significant amount of disaster planning. We need to prepare for epidemics because this type of disaster is due. Perhaps this flu season is the warm up to next year and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
I'm familiar with the use of bed rails in the hospital as an important part of fall protection and patient safety. Twice serving as the hospital safety officer this is something we monitored closely, because they work. Today, patients are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
The healthcare delivery system in the US, nor elsewhere, is perfect. In my health administration classes, students and I explore this and the reasons in depth. One payment option that is growing in popularity is direct pay healthcare for both... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Make the rounds of any online support group for individuals, and their caregivers, with chronic conditions and you will probably see an increasing number of questions about medical marijuana and Cannabidiol (CBD). It has been the subject of numerous clinical... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
In the heat of the moment and emotion, we can all say something ugly. We are human. However, what we say, or tweet, does provide a glimpse into our innermost thoughts and the true self. Lashing out when someone doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Another book, another physician author! Like my last review on pain, this one is directed at patients and their caregivers for improving their experience. Kilbourn Gordon III, M.D., an ER physician, wrote “Med School 101 for Patients,” as a step-by-step... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
In a previous post, I introduced the idea of functional limitations in the context of disaster preparedness. This came from some research I did while working on community wide disaster planning in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Yesterday,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Christina's Considerations