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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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When I decided to become a hospital administrator at 17 (who does that?) I wanted to eliminate barriers and overcome challenges so that nurses and doctors could provide better care. I guess I was advocating for patients my entire career,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2022 at Christina's Considerations
Years ago as a blogger, physicians and a few other clinicians found me and shared their books. Today, patients and their caregivers find me. Not in Vain is a daughter's advocacy in honor of her mother and her experience with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2022 at Christina's Considerations
Rare conditions, syndromes and diseases can include a really long and winding road; especially during the diagnosis period. Rare doesn't mean there isn't a diagnosis, it just means more thought and referrals for second opinions or referrals to specialists are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2022 at Christina's Considerations
The last couple of years were challenging for my family. My mom had dementia and we needed to try and keep up with her changing brain and its impact on her functioning, social needs, and physical status. We also needed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2022 at Christina's Considerations
Effective hospital risk managers and executives, learn the importance of communication when it comes to preventing most lawsuits. Clear communications that can be acted upon make for more efficient and effective workplaces, but also better quality and safer care. But,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2022 at Christina's Considerations
A few years ago, I read about the life and work of Hildegard von Bingen (c. 1098 - 1179), a German nun and scientific/medical writer. She began using the herbs grown in her monastery garden to aid those she cared... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2022 at Christina's Considerations
This guest post from Nightfall (a cloud-native data loss prevention solution) is written for organizations that partner with those in the healthcare industry, but I share this post to help educate consumers. One reason is I often hear "you can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2021 at Christina's Considerations
Too many consumers of health care services feel stuck. They know something is wrong, but their physician (or another clinician) doesn't find anything or suggests a diagnosis or treatment that just doesn't seem to fit. While we don't want to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2021 at Christina's Considerations
The healthcare system has been evolving over a long period of time. And, it seems, this evolution has been picking up speed given the rapid advancements we have experienced over the last few decades. Part of this evolution has been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2021 at Christina's Considerations
I'm teaching this week - health informatics to nurses, public health and health administration students. Last week we discussed standards and interoperability; and it reminded me of a story. The memory was triggered by student discussions. One said it must... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2021 at Christina's Considerations
Did you know that Wood was the first drawing material? Wood, in the form of charcoal, was the first artistic medium. An example of cave art, using charred wood, at Rouffignac in France dates back 13,000 years. Kiln produced charcoal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
I've tested some new products and share a few in my latest holiday gift guide; especially for those with chronic illness and/or challenged by the aging process. The first on the list is influenced by our current pandemic and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Medical errors, delays in care, bias and misunderstandings are most often the result in communication failures. In fact, most lawsuits filed by patients and/or their families are the result of communication issues that sometimes lead to poor outcomes. This is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Cannabinoid products (CBD) are appearing everywhere and in different forms. We can find salves, chews, gummies, bath bombs, oils, concentrates and beverages on store shelves and online. While high quality CBD can be effective in addressing some of our health... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
In late May, as talk of opening up the economy began, I started to think of my mother and her primary caregiver; my father. They both need my support and assistance as they face the challenges of a serious chronic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Dr. David Gelber is a general surgeon and author. Over my career I've seen many surgery schedules, participated in clinical chart review activities and listened to doctors explain cases to me. A great deal was learned, but there is so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Bryson CA is an a historic rural community in the southwest corner of Monterey County - between lakes Nacimento and San Antonio; and just on the other side of the Las Padres Mountain range from Hearst Castle. Thistle Springs Ranch is located at the end of Bryson-Hesperia Road; on 80... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Thistle Springs Ranch
These days there is a great deal of buzz about hand sanitizer. There are options to the traditional alcohol based products, or those you can make from home. One intriguing option is Clean Well, because my skin is really dry.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
I was recently asked how did I learn to advocate for myself as a patient. This made me reflect on my career in health administration, where I recognized the importance of patients advocating for themselves early in my journey. In... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Improving mobility, strength and balance as we age or in response to chronic illnesses is important to our overall health status. Exercise helps us reduce our functional limitations; allowing us to stay more active and independent. More importantly, it can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
I've been quietly watching as panic buying of toilet paper (TP) and water has unfolded. What I've seen reinforces my preparedness belief, because if you aren't already prepared you may not have TP to use in your potty when it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Tensions often exist between individual rights and liberties and those of a family, neighborhood or community. No where does this delicate balance seem to get tested more than in the areas of mental health and cognitive impairment. The latter of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
Most of my prior book review posts involve the writings of doctors and a couple of other health professionals. I'm starting 2020 off with a little something different. An attorney who wrote Law and Addiction. It is a fictional thriller... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at Christina's Considerations
The holidays can be a stressful, sad and/or lonely time for some. This may be especially true for family caregivers who are trying to navigate through family gatherings with a loved one who exhibits challenging behaviors. My holiday wish is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at Christina's Considerations