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Luis Fábregas

Allegheny Health Network’s first year shows promising direction

By Luis Fábregas
The adorable Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only one celebrating a first birthday this month. Far removed from the British royalty, Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health Network is turning 1, a significant milestone in a city that loves itself a health …

Fabregas: Bickering ‘couple’ at it again

By Luis Fábregas
Told you so. Did I not say last week that it was only a matter of time before UPMC and Highmark started bickering again like a divorced couple? Did I not cast doubt about the notion that UPMC and Highmark …

Fabregas: Highmark-UPMC deal feels like a divorce

By Luis Fábregas
Now that the exasperating feud between Highmark and UPMC appears to be ending, we can agree on something: We feel like children of divorced parents. We’re happy that our parents stopped fighting and saying unkind things about each other, but …

Fabregas: Scaife’s values will live on

By Luis Fábregas
When Hillary Clinton stepped into the Trib’s offices in March 2008, Dick Scaife shook her hand firmly and smiled. I watched in awe because I intuitively recognized the significance of the moment. He was a conservative fireball, she a bastion …

Fabregas: Resources for finding a doctor skimpy

By Luis Fábregas
Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask me to recommend a “good doctor.” “Hey, I’m looking for a new primary care doctor. Know any good ones?” “Can you tell where I can find a good orthopedic surgeon?” Sometimes …

Fabregas: Cellphone addiction the norm

By Luis Fábregas
As I plan my summer vacation and make a mental list of things to take to the beach (sunscreen, iPod, best-selling book), one question nags me: Can I leave my smartphone behind? We are, after all, undeniably addicted to our …

Fabregas: Restaurant inspection grading system gets an F

By Luis Fábregas
There’s nothing more unpleasant than being at a restaurant and finding a hair in your chicken noodle soup. Or going to the restroom at said restaurant to find there’s no soap or paper towel. It has happened to all of …

Fabregas: UPMC ace Romoff could replace Shinseki at VA

By Luis Fábregas
Allow me to suggest a suitable — though highly unlikely — replacement for ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. It’s someone right here in our backyard. Shinseki resigned last week as a result of one of the biggest scandals in …

Fabregas: Address violence with action, not words

By Luis Fábregas
It never fails. Every time there’s a mass murder in our country, the national conversation turns to what we can do to prevent them. Some fault the mental health system. Others call for gun control. And pretty much everyone disagrees …

Fabregas: Hey, Highmark! It’s time to let go of dispute with UPMC

By Luis Fábregas
They will never publicly admit it, but I bet some members of Highmark’s board of directors wish they’d never gotten rid of former CEO Ken Melani. The Highmark board this week found itself in the awkward position of having to …

Fabregas: Vigilance, not panic, is right approach for MERS outbreak

By Luis Fábregas
Every time a lethal virus like MERS turns up, some of us jump to conclusions: “Uh-oh. This is it. We’re all going to die.” And who can blame us? The headlines about the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have been pretty …