I admit, I have been hoping for a last-minute rescue--in that way you learn to do in early childhood, from watching too many cartoons--which would keep me at Gimbels. Well, none is forthcoming, and I have been busy devising the following back-up plan:
1. Macy's, my traditional nemesis, is still using Hospitalists-R-Us to provide inpatient services, and they are quite eager to employ me. Because they have only one full-time position available, I am splitting it 50-50 with my friend and colleague who is also set adrift by our mutual decision to leave Xpress Hospitalists.
2. Another hospital, which is new to these ridiculous chronicles of rural medicine and which I shall call Nordstrom, has a hospitalist program nominally run by Xpress but with a much more canny and involved site director who has managed to make a successful program despite the general incompentence of the Xpress administrators. Nordstrom is a member of a successful nonprofit healthcare organization which has managed to do pretty well during the last decade, and they are committed to expanding the Xpress program there, so there is plenty of work for my friend and I to thrive. The major downside of working at Nordstrom is the commute: it is located in the county immediately north or Rural--let's call it Extra-Rural--about a seventy-five minute drive away. Too far for a daily commute, so nights in a dismal hotel room are in my future.