First of all, I would like to let everyone know about a new website and blog about culture change. The Western New York Alliance for Person-Centered Care is a landmark alliance of multiple long-term care providers in the greater Buffalo area. Through a generous grant, they have hired Rhonda Rotterman as Executive Director. Rhonda is a former Administrator, a Certified Eden Alternative Educator, an aerobics diva and she makes a mean spaghetti sauce!. Since September, she has been offering two Eden Associate trainings monthly, continuing through the spring of 2010, to educate hundreds of area care partners in the Eden philosophy. Rhonda is also setting up a dynamite symposium for March 10, 2010. I won't spoil her announcement of the incredible line-up of speakers that she has booked, but keep an eye on www.wnyapcc.com for more details, and for another informative weblog as well! Guess who's happy? Geriatricians! A UC Davis study of physician specialties found that only pediatric emergency medicine topped geriatrics in satisfaction, despite the relatively low pay. No other specialty came close. I'll leave it to the discussion threads to analyze why caring for elders brings great satisfaction, even as most people view geriatrics as a "depressing" path to follow. Any thoughts?