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John Livingston

Nibbling Around the Edges

My wife and I had an incredible experience in the Luke’s downtown ER last night. Lynn has a 40-year history of kidney stones, and she was in incredible pain when she presented herself to the ER. Everyone from the admission desk to patient transport to the CAT scan techs and most certainly the doctors and […]

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John Livingston

The Quality of Mercy

There are many words that I believe can be used to describe the way that (st.) Luke’s is acting in their treatment of Mr. Ammon Bundy. I believe Mr. Bundy has made mistakes both in his actions that initiated legal proceedings against him, and on several occasions in the way he has disrespected the court—especially […]

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John Livingston

Lesser men without the law

For over 250 years in our country the moral, ethical and legal predicate that underlies our legal system stood on Natural Law and Biblical principles that were well known to the everyday citizen. These were taught to our children from their earliest years in elementary school through college and even professional schools. Today many in […]

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John Livingston

Justice and Mercy

My Quaker Grandfather once told me when I was about 5 years old that there is no such thing as justice in this world. I had petitioned him for a redress of a great wrong that had been perpetrated against me after my father paddled my fanny for something my brother had done. My father […]

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John Livingston

Stand Up or Stand Down

American Medicine rose from the shadows of Western European medicine in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and in the early 20th century. Great men and women founded great institutions. Most of those men and women were devout in their religious convictions and in their devotion to first their “calling” and secondly to their […]

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Bob's Words of Wisdom

St. Luke’s vs Bundy & Associates – Persecution or Prosecution?

There are two ways to look at the St. Luke’s vs Bundy case. Is Bundy being persecuted or prosecuted as there is a distinct difference between the two. Persecution is the act or practice of persecuting; harassing or oppressive treatment; especially, the infliction of injury (as loss of property or civil rights, physical suffering, or […]

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John Livingston

Op-Ed: The Unexamined Life

(The contents of this article are the opinion of the author and not necessarily of the Gem State Patriot.) I was approached last week by several members of the St. Luke’s medical and nursing staffs about an article that Dr. David Pate placed on his own blog regarding the actions of Dr. Ryan Cole and […]

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John Livingston

Today’s Hospital Quagmire of Ethics vs Profits

Conflicts occur when medical practices are balanced against profitability. Our two major non-profit hospitals in Idaho are in the middle of a cultural war that they have no idea how to extricate themselves from. It comes at a time when some very bad business decisions were made long before Covid arrived on the scene and […]

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Opinions / Op-eds

St. Luke’s Defamation Farce?

How can a company with several very public issues recover their reputation? St Luke’s hospital seems to think the answer is to attack the patients who have offered honest feedback. However, as a member of the community and having watched St Luke’s PR struggles, I can honestly say that they cannot place blame on anyone […]

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I Made a Peace Offering; Let’s See if They Will Take It

“A good example of how evil forces can devour righteous men” Yesterday while I was out, two people came to the front door of my home and served my family with more legal papers from St. Luke’s. The amount of mail and people serving legal papers (whether it be private servers or a sheriff deputy) […]

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John Livingston

Baby Cyrus

This is a complicated situation that needs to be defused. I stand 100% behind Diego and his family. The only people that know all the medical facts in this case are the doctors and they have not come forward with these facts when at the end of the day these will come out. I believe […]

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John Livingston

Time for a Change

One of the great tragedies that has come out of the Covid political pandemic has been the loss of reputation and respect given to the medical profession by the public. There are many reasons for this. It has been a long time in the making. It actually began many years ago and there are many […]

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