Saturday, January 11, 2014


Driving early one morning from Olifants to Satara, two camps in the Kruger, we saw normally active tree squirrels (Paraxerus cepapi) curled up on the sunny sides of tall trees. The mornings were cold - it was early winter.

New York is grey and bleak today, with a warm, tugging winter wind. The polar vortex has disappeared.

Home calls.

Previous Kruger Park posts:

Cape Town to Bloemfontein
Bloemfontein to Dullstroom
Dullstroom to Tamboti
Tamboti - Camp Life
Tamboti to Olifants
Morning in the Kruger
Balule - the Tiny Camp
The Bridge over the Letaba River


  1. FYI NYU Langone seeks to provide services at LIH. Gh

    1. ? I don't subscribe so can't see the article.

  2. NYU Langone seeks to provide services at LICH
    When trustees of the State University of New York meet on Jan. 14 to possibly vote on the fate of Long Island College Hospital, the proposed real estate developer for the site, Fortis Property Group, will have a heavyweight new health care partner: NYU Langone Medical Center.

    The hospital hopes to run medical services at 60,000 square feet of LICH, including a freestanding emergency department, cancer center, ambulatory surgery center and multispecialty physician practice. NYU Langone will provide the capital for the repurposing of LICH, which will no longer be a full-service hospital with inpatient services. Lutheran Medical Center will provide dental and behavioral health care as part of the project. The real estate development component is unchanged from Fortis' original proposal, which SUNY selected out of the responses to its formal request for proposals.

    The inclusion of NYU Langone is a politically astute play. Last month, SUNY trustees tabled a planned vote to approve Fortis in part because Bill de Blasio, who opposed LICH's closure, would presumably have a hand in LICH's fate as mayor. His first deputy mayor is now Anthony Shorris—NYU Langone's former senior vice president.

    Asked about NYU Langone's inside track to Mr. de Blasio, Dr. Andrew Brotman, the hospital's senior vice president and vice dean for clinical affairs and strategy, said, "The person in our corner works for the mayor, and the mayor makes the call. Tony's job is to implement it. We had conversations with Fortis, not the city. Fortis won the RFP."

    The most significant modification of the original Fortis plan is the inclusion of a freestanding emergency department. NYU Langone's ability to offer complex emergency care at LICH's site may not be the full-service hospital demanded by community members, politicians and unions, but it somewhat addresses the void LICH's closure creates.

    A competing proposal from Brooklyn Hospital Center also includes a FED. That plan may have emerged too late for SUNY to consider, but stranger things have happened in LICH's complicated recent history.

    "We're excited about this. We think it's great," said Dr. Brotman. "But we understand the politics are extraordinarily complicated."

    1. Ah - thank you.

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