McDonald’s Closing All Restaurants in Bolivia as Nation Rejects Fast Food

McDonald’s happy image and its golden arches aren’t the gateway to bliss in Bolivia. This South American country isn’t falling for the barrage of advertising and fast food cooking methods that so easily engulf countries like the United States. Bolivians simply don’t trust food prepared in such little time. The quick and easy, mass production method of fast food actually turns Bolivians off altogether. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Cities? ERs closing, innovating

As more Americans are visiting emergency rooms, the number of them around the country is dwindling. According to a recent Chicago Sun-Times article, the number of ERs in non-rural areas in the U.S. fell 27 percent between 1990 and 2009. That averages out to 89 closures per year. In Illinois, 23 hospitals and their ERs have closed since 1990. New York City lost three ERs over a three-year period that served close to 100,000 patients annually (New York Times – May 17, 2011).

This ER closing trend was recently highlighted in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors found that ERs at commercially operated hospitals and ones with low profit margins Continue reading