Former President & CEO, INTEGRIS Health

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Monthly articles written by Stan Hupfeld and published in the Journal Record.

Employer-Based Health Insurance

Published in The Journal Record
April 6, 2016

I must admit I have become addicted to political talk shows this campaign season. It doesn’t take much consistent viewing to reach the conclusion that most candidates have a standard canned answer to difficult policy questions. Continue reading

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Close or Negotiate?

Published in The Journal Record
March 9, 2016

My wife and I love the television show, “Downton Abbey.” A highlight of our week is an early dinner on Sunday evening followed by the most recent episode of this English-based soap opera.  One of the show’s current travails involves the takeover of the town’s local hospital by a much larger one in a distant city.  Continue reading

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A Huge Motivator

Published in The Journal Record
February 10, 2016

For years the state of Oklahoma has performed poorly on most national health indices.   Our performance relative to the rest of the country is such that many of our health officials whisper a small prayer when they go to bed each night, “Dear God, thank you for Mississippi.”  Continue reading

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How is this Possible?

Published in The Journal Record
January 13, 2016

There is an old riddle about a man and his son riding in their car, having a major accident. The man is killed instantly.  The boy, badly injured, is taken to the hospital for immediate surgery.  The surgeon enters the operating room, looks at the boy, and explains, “I cannot operate on this boy; he is my son.”  The riddle is posed, “How is this possible?”  The answer, of course, is that the surgeon is the boy’s mother.  While the answer appears obvious, many are stumped because gender stereotypes assume the surgeon must be a man.  Continue reading

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Good Intentions Hampered

Published in The Journal Record
December 16, 2015

In the late 1800’s France poured money, men and material into building the Panama Canal. They were spectacularly unsuccessful.  Years later the concept of a canal intrigued President Theodore Roosevelt.  The prevailing sentiment at the time was that the canal should go to Nicaragua presumably because clearly anything connected with the French had to be slipshod. Continue reading

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A Cruel Hobson’s Choice

Published in The Journal Record
November 18, 2015

Recently I had a minor fender bender with another car.  Since no fault was assigned by the investigating officer, my insurance company agreed to pay for my Continue reading

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A Cruel Hobson’s Choice

Published in The Journal Record
November 18, 2015

Recently I had a minor fender bender with another car.  Since no fault was assigned by the investigating officer, my insurance company agreed to pay for my repairs.  When I picked up the car the body shop had a promise to pay from my insurance company but would only release my car after I had paid my $200 deductible.  They, therefore, had no risk for the work done on my automobile.  Continue reading

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A Good Idea at the Time

Published in The Journal Record
October 21, 2015

 

“It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

This common refrain is used by each of us all too often when a decision which seemed appropriate and logical at the time turns out to have bad consequences. Continue reading

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Risky Behavior

Published in The Journal Record
September 23, 2015

Question: When you get into the back seat of a car do you buckle your safety belt? If you’re honest, Continue reading

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A Complex Problem

Published in The Journal Record
August 26, 2015

Take a look at the credit cards in your wallet or purse. If you think about it they are amazing instruments. A financial institution Continue reading

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