Podcast: Hallberg's Picture of Health, episode 2

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A lift for bariatric patients displays its weight restriction. Hospitals such as Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse are retrofitting their facilities to accommodate bariatric patients. That includes upgrading equipment like toilets, exam tables and even gowns.
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In this episode, we explore compassion in health care. Host Tom Crann and Dr. Jon Hallberg discuss a buzzed-about medical essay published by the Washington Post by a physician exploring how a 600-pound patient tested his compassion, as well as that of the other doctors and nurses caring for him.

The essay has raised tough questions about compassion and empathy in a clinic or hospital, and prompted some soul searching in the health care community.

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