The Karp Report

By Franklin Karp
Published on: February 18, 2021

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How is Noreen?

A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph’s Hospital. She timidly asked,
“Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?”

The operator said, “I’ll be glad to help, dear. What’s the name and room

The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said, “Noreen, Room 302.”

The operator replied, “Let me place you on hold while I check with her
nurse.”  After a few minutes, the operator returned to the phone and said,
“Oh, I have good news. Her nurse just told me that Noreen is doing very
well. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back as normal,
and her physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged on

The grandmother said, “Thank you. That’s wonderful!  I was so worried. God
bless you for the good news.”

The operator replied, “You’re more than welcome. Is Noreen your daughter?”

The grandmother said, “No, I’m Noreen in Room 302. No one tells me shit.”


Franklin Karp

Franklin Karp

Franklin is the COO for Audio Video Systems in Plainview, NY - one of the premier custom integration technology firms in the country. He was previously the CEO for Harvey Electronics, a leading hi-end consumer technology retail chain in the NYC area.

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