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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

3 comments on “Will Your Local Hospital Exist in 10 years? Should it?

  • I think this is exactly right and already well underway. I know a local hospital where most of the surgeons use an independent Operating Suite and the hospital is loosing the battle fast fast fast.

    In the end I find this very exciting as a medical student, because the current state of hospital medicine is not something I would be proud to potentate.

    • Thanks Alex…. Forward thinking institutions with an engaged c-suite certainly stand a better chance. The kaisers and Mayos of the world will push the envelope and continue to lead… smaller hospitals, with little investment can follow their lead. Someday they’ll wake up, but for many it will be too late

  • Thanks for writing this, Howard. It certainly puts the current challenges into perspective. One of the biggest challenges facing smaller hospitals is the enormously expensive IT/HMR requirements. On that 1% margin it’s hard to invest that kind of money. Either we’ll have a healthcare environment where the very best thrive, or we’ll all be working for Uncle Sam.

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