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Change in Wisdom offers new life to track career

Original post made on Apr 1, 2013

Academics and athletics are cornerstones of the Stanford experience. But equally important to some scholar-athletes is a resource sometimes over-looked: Stanford Hospital. It's what helped sell Alyssa Wisdom and may have saved her life.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Congrats. The rules have changed. In the 1950s, I ran college cross-country with a leaky heart valve and rhythm issues. Today, I would not be allowed to compete; that is a mistake.

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Posted by Deed of Sassine
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 2, 2013 at 8:55 am

Congratulations! Actually, Wisdom's problem should not have been so hard to diagnose. I suspect she had some really substandard docs in Florida. I had a similar problem, and it was diagnosed by my primary care physician in his office in Mtn View. Then I was referred to a cardiologist at El Camino Hospital. End of problem.

One of the perks of being a Stanford student is free medical care at Stanford Hospital. They take better care of students than they do their paying patients. I now wonder if they are so overpriced because the paying public is supporting the free care the students get. Perhaps that is the real reason my insurance company dropped them five years ago, despite their claim about patient complaints.

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Posted by Strength Coach Erik
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:18 am

As Wisdom's former strength coach she was a great talent for success. I was there during the change and she took on the challenge immediately! So proud of her for striving for excellence, even if it's not in the 100m dash! Way to go Alyssa!

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

@ Deed: Nothing is for free. The Athletic Department pays the medical bills, the Stanford Hospital does not give away free services. The Hospital operation is separate from the University and the Athletic Department.

If you want to complain about pricing, let's start with how much "free" medical attention they give to all of the drop-ins and non-insured at the ER (for common colds, etc.). Those free services are covered by the costs paid by those who can afford the services and/or have the medical insurance to cover.

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