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  Marcia Frellick
Professional/Personal Overview
  Experienced print/online journalist specializing in health care. I have more than 30 years of experience writing and editing in major markets with feature and news clips ranging from an essay on my frugal father to how the Affordable Care Act affects your taxes.
Work Info
Copy Editor 28 Years
Editor 28 Years
Writer 28 Years
Finance 4 Years
Personal Finance 4 Years
Health 6 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
28 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
American Medical News (11+), Chicago Tribune (11+), CreditCardGuide.com (11+), CreditCards.com (11+), Medscape Medical News (11+), Nurse.com (11+), Illinois Issues (6-10), Hospitals and Health Networks (6-10), Chicago Sun-Times (3-5), Visual.ly (3-5), Northwestern magazine (1-2), Academy of General Dentistry (1-2), Arthritis Today (1-2), Huffington Post (1-2)
Other Work History
Chicago Sun-Times, 8.5 years as Sunday news editor
Cincinnati Enquirer, 9 years, deputy news editor
Computer Skills
Word, Power Point, QuarkXPress, Quark Copydesk, Adobe Photoshop
Laptop, digital camera
Upon request
Association of Women Journalists, SPJ/Chicago Headline Club, Association of Health Care Journalists
I have covered several health care conferences, including the AMA Annual Meeting, CROI, RSNA, Digestive Diseases Week, Supportive Oncology and AHA Scientific Sessions. I'm comfortable finding the biggest news and writing on a daily deadline.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Chicago, IL. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
(Illinois Issues, 5/1/2012)
The financial future looks more shaky for this group than for baby boomers.
(Illinois Issues, 11/1/2009)
Home building is just one of the industries waiting for positive turns in the economic forecast and to see how consumers' lifestyles and desires will emerge after the slump.
(Chicago Tribune, 4/29/2014)
Hundreds of thousands of Medicaid recipients in Illinois are being shifted into some kind of managed care this year as part of a sweeping overhaul intended to fix a program widely acknowledged to be broken. Sherry Loveless can see the promise right through her bedroom door.
(Medscape Medical News, 10/31/2013)
Taxing sugar-sweetened soft drinks at 20% would cut the number of obese adults in the United Kingdom by 180,000 (1.3%) and the numbers of overweight adults by 285,000 (0.9%), researchers report in a study published online October 31 in BMJ.
(Medscape Medical News, 6/19/2013)
Physicians voted overwhelmingly to label obesity as a disease that requires a range of interventions to advance treatment and prevention. However, there was impassioned debate in the hours before the vote here at the American Medical Association (AMA) 2013 Annual Meeting.
(American Medical News, 5/5/2013)
Despite controversial recommendations by a government-backed task force in 2009 to reduce the rate of mammograms, the numbers of women getting them regularly have not changed significantly, according to a study in the April 19 issue of Cancer.
(American Medical News, 4/24/2013)
Medical equipment alarms that beep and buzz throughout hospital units may be a serious threat to the patients they are meant to protect, says a sentinel event alert issued by the Joint Commission.
(Medscape Medical News, 4/11/2013)
Programs can help "disruptive" physicians manage their anger and help hospitals avoid costly problems.
(Medscape Medical News, 4/5/2013)
Two medical schools will open this fall with an unusual focus: primary care. The need for the schools mirrors the dire need for primary care doctors in their surrounding counties.
(Medscape Medical News, 3/4/2013)
Mt. Sinai is tossing out the MCAT requirement and changing course requirements in hopes of attracting medical students who are brilliant and passionate about medicine but may not do well on standardized tests.
(Medscape Medical News, 11/2/2012)
A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finds that physician self-referrals for advanced imaging are rapidly increasing and cost Medicare more than $100 million in 2010.
(Nurse.com, 8/27/2012)
Pharmacogenetic testing involves a swab or a blood or saliva sample sent to a lab that analyzes patients' DNA - specifically cytochrome P450, the enzymes that metabolize medication - to find out how they metabolize a certain drug. That can influence which drugs are prescribed and in what amounts.
(Hospitals & Health Networks, 7/1/2011)
With physician shortfall projections hovering at 63,000 by 2015, the promise of 32 million more Americans gaining health insurance, and a patient population rapidly aging, hospitals are scrambling to line up caregivers. One strategy gaining momentum is the increasing use of NPs and PAs.
Personal essay  
(Northwestern Magazine, 9/1/2004)
We didn't have air conditioning in our three-bedroom ranch house in Evansville, Ind., nestled right on the steamy banks of the Ohio River, which is not a problem unless you hope to be happy on any given day between May and September. We worked around it by having huge blue metal fans throughout the
(Huffington Post, 6/27/2013)
Most Americans aren't even thinking about it, but the numbers say we should be. While the costs and the means to pay for long-term care can be daunting to think about, the one thing that can put one's mind at ease is preparedness. In the infographic below, you'll get some of the facts about actua
Contact Info
  Marcia Frellick
Chicago, IL 

E-Mail: mfrellick@gmail.com
Website: http://www.marciafrellick.com