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John H. Cochran, MD
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John H. Cochran, MD

Executive Director of The Permanente Federation, the national umbrella organization for the regional Permanente Medical Groups, which employ 15,000 physicians who care for 8.6 million Kaiser Permanente members.

Threshold for Contact

Everyone has their own way, but I think the key is to truly "get away," and there are two requirements:

1) Maximally reduce your own "at risk" behaviors such as checking email, voice mail, or checking in.

2) Have a confidante "on the ground" who clearly understands the issues and your point of view AND who has a pact with you for a "threshold for contact." That threshold is based on trust and experience and can actually be fairly high for a week or two absence.

To unwind you not only have to truly get away, but you also need the peace of mind that issues will be properly managed -- including contact initiated when truly essential.

By John H. Cochran, MD

 |  August 10, 2009; 1:51 PM ET
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Getaways should be fairly high and fast too. Why waste time?

The wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150 business jet ... The G150® is quickly becoming a favorite in the mid-size market. With the longest range at the fastest speed, an advanced avionics suite, and the most comfortable cabin, the G150 provides the most value in its class.

These ads give me ideas that make my heart race. The most value is the most security. You really need to think longest range at the fastest speed. In business it is the quick and the dead. It's a war out there. The next thing you know it's winter. Go someplace warm. The wings are fitted with pneumatic de-icing systems. De-icing on the cake.

Posted by: Dermitt | August 10, 2009 2:40 PM
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