How to Protect Yourself When You're in the Hospital
Guest: Lisa McGiffert, Director of the Safe Patient Project and Senior Policy Analyst for  Consumers Union of the United States.
Listeners with questions for Chuck Finney and Lisa McGiffert, please call 415-841-4134.

Lauren M. Whaley/CHCF Center for Health Reporting

Clowns remind us not to take ourselves too seriously. But it takes a professionally trained clown to lighten the mood in a hospital while being therapeutic. In a quiet hospital wing, some unlikely sounds float down the hallway: an accordion, a ukelele, and laughter. Luz Gaxiola and Molly Shannon make their daily rounds at the California Pacific Medical Center. They’re part of the Alameda based Medical Clown Project.