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‘Ailing Nation’ by Nate Link, M.D. Wins 2021 Gold Medal Reader Views Award

‘Ailing Nation’ by Nate Link, M.D. Wins 2021 Gold Medal Reader Views Award

New York, NY—One interesting book from this young year, The Ailing Nation: Lessons from the Bedside for America's Leaders by Nate Link, M.D., just won the Gold Medal Reader Views Award in the Societal Issues category. Link is the Chief Medical Officer at Bellevue Hospital, one of the premier U.S. safety net hospitals in New York City.

In his award-winning book, Nate Link distilled nearly 40 years of problem solving in the medical profession and proposed a series of political solutions for the U.S. and the world.  

Audience response to the book has been universally positive, even when the reader disagrees with the good doctor on various hot button issues. Reader Views has been reviewing books since 2005 and their team are known for being discerning and difficult to please. Dr. Link succinctly builds his case with detailed stories, such as how the hospital survived Hurricane Sandy or adjusted to the Covid crisis, and then carefully transposes those examples/lessons on to the problems of local, state and national governments.  

Dr. Link educates the reader on problem solving by dissecting how doctors and hospital administrators look at the tiniest details to determine if a problem is systemic, diagnostic or a personnel issue. Particularly fascinating is when an exhaustively researched conclusion turns out to be completely wrong when the issue is explored further, truly a cautionary tale for us all. Crafting a way through a problem with lives at stakes is about as intense as it gets, especially if minutes or seconds can be the difference between success and failure.    

"Standards of leadership in our political world are sadly deficient," says Dr. Link. "As health care institutions have learned about efficiency from automobile manufacturers, about safety from the airline industry, and about customer service from the hotel trade, we are ready to pay it forward, by sharing important lessons in leadership to those who govern our nation."

Dr. Link uses engaging narratives of patient care and leadership challenges at Bellevue to underline what good leadership should look like. These lessons address topics such as atonement, forgiveness, trust, compassion, systematic approaches to problem solving, and evidence-based decision-making—all qualities that are essential in a good leader and that are sorely lacking in America's recent administration. Most tellingly, he examines recent Presidents' leadership qualities before asking a powerful, provocative question: who would you rather have as your doctor, Trump or Obama?

Dr. Link is on a mission to bring evidence and politics together. He examines real political issues such as climate change, tax policy, campaign financing, gerrymandering, abortion, and gun control through a lens of evidence as he urges the American people to examine their responsibility in electing humble leaders who are willing to admit to and learn from their mistakes.

"The selection of our national leaders through elections should be based on proven attributes of great leadership," says Dr. Link. "If voters do their job well, our nation will be well-governed and can recover from its current ailing state."

"At once captivating and provocative, Dr Link's presentation is a pleasure to read as well as a standard for close inspection of our political system and our country in general. There is a cure for our ailing nation–read and discover!" —Grady Harp, Amazon Top 50 Hall of Fame Reviewer

"The author has cleverly likened the state of America to that of a terminally ill cancer patient. If only the people in power could embrace, and go forward with Dr. Link's suggestions, this country would be in remission and on the way to recovery." —Susan Keefe, Midwest Book Review

"The Ailing Nation is a fascinating, immersive read that sheds light on the sickness that has taken hold of America. It offers hope in the midst of great fear, distrust, and disillusionment. Highly recommended."—Rachel Song, Editor and Writer

The Ailing Nation: Lessons from the Bedside for America's Leaders, ISBN 978-1977224989 (e-book) $6.99, (paperback) $18.95, Outskirts Press, 292 pages, Available at Amazon.

About Nate Link, MD: Dr. Nate Link is the Chief Medical Officer at Bellevue Hospital, America's oldest public hospital, in New York City, standing at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. He has practiced at Bellevue for 37 years since arriving as an intern at the onset of the AIDS epidemic.

Dr. Link graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 1983, completed his residency training in internal medicine at New York University/Bellevue Hospital in 1986, and has continued as practitioner, teacher, and physician leader at Bellevue ever since. In 1989, Dr. Link earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree in Health Policy and Management at Columbia University School of Public Health while working full time as an NYU faculty member in the Bellevue Primary Care Clinic.

In 2001, Dr. Link was named Chief of the Bellevue Medicine Service, a position that he held until 2012, at which time he was appointed Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Bellevue Hospital. During his tenure as CMO, Dr. Link has helped lead the hospital through the harrowing Hurricane Sandy evacuation in 2012, the successful care of New York City's only Ebola patient in 2014, and the COVID-19 surge in the Spring of 2020.

Dr. Link is the author of The Ailing Nation: Lessons from the Bedside for America's Leaders. For more information on Dr. Link, visit his website snickersnack.com.

Media Contact: For a review copy of The Ailing Nation: Lessons from the Bedside for America's Leaders or to arrange an interview with Nate Link, MD, contact Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications Book Marketing at scottlorenz@westwindcos.com or by phone at 734-667-2090. Follow Lorenz on twitter @abookpublicist

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