Something odd happened at the office at lunchtime yesterday. It's not unusual for drug companies, medical equipment companies, home healthcare agencies, or nursing homes to feed my staff and I while they do some sort of a spiel to drum up business. I listen, ask questions to prove that I'm listening, and will consider whatever they're selling. Yesterday, though, a major medical center of the Greater Los Angeles Area sent a team out to feed us. Now, this medical center isn't close. There's others closer that are world-renowned. But they were trying to persuade me to send them patients with complex problems to bolster their patient loads. From Rancho Cucamonga? Most of our patients expect to be sent to Loma Linda, or possibly City of Hope. It just boggles my mind that they'd feel the need to get patients from our practice...things must be pretty bad!