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St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City to close birthing center

Kansas City, Mo.-based St. Joseph Medical Center plans to close its birthing center Oct. 31, according to The Kansas City Star. By Erin Dietsche -

Tennessee health system to consolidate surgical services

Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Ala., has discontinued surgical services at its facility in Jacksonville and relocated all outpatient surgeries to its main campus in Anniston, repots ABC33. By Brooke Murphy -

California hospital to close obstetrics department

Mayers Memorial Hospital District in FallsRiver Mills, Calif., will discontinue obstetrics services Sept. 15, according to Record Searchlight. By Brooke Murphy -

Froedtert taps Connexient for patient flow technology

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network in Milwaukee will implement Connexient's indoor navigation technology to enhance both patient flow and patient experience. By Brooke Murphy -

Hospital stays in Wisconsin decrease as costs increase: 4 statistics

The WHA Information Center — a subsidiary of Madison-based Wisconsin Hospital Association — reported the state's hospitals saw a decrease in average length of patient stay, but an increase in average cost per hospitalization last year, WPR reports.  By Morgan Haefner -

4 Tips for being an effective change agent

Change and health care are inextricably linked. In today's environment, health care organizations continually face the need to adapt to the changes emanating from numerous sources: advances in medical care and technology, increasing demands and expectations from patients who are actively involved in their own health and wellbeing and evolving reimbursement models that emphasize value rather than volume.  By Kirk Jensen, MD, MBA, FACEP, Chief Innovation Officer, EmCare -

Six keys to improving progression of quality care in hospitals

In a recent Care Logistics blog, Karl Straub discusses the keys to improving the Progression of Quality Care in Hospitals.  By Staff -

10 cities with the most access to quality healthcare

U.S. News & World Report named 10 metro areas offering the greatest access to healthcare, determined by the number of highly ranked hospitals within a 250-mile radius of each city.  By Morgan Haefner -

26 heroin overdoses in 5 hours extend wait times at local West Virginia hospitals

On Monday, Emergency Medical Services and law enforcement in Cabell County, W.Va., responded to 26 heroin overdoses in the span of five hours. The spike in overdoses taxed EMS resources and extended wait times at local hospitals, according to WSAZ 3.  By Brian Zimmerman -

How hospitals are working with Uber to get patients to appointments

Hospitals and health systems across the nation are partnering with Uber to ensure their patients safely make it to appointments on time, a recent Atlantic article reports. By Erin Dietsche -

Consumer thinking drives patient-centered care models

The process for delivering quality care -- and the patient that receives it -- have both changed dramatically in recent years. Increasingly, hospitals are challenged to adapt traditional in-patient models to ones that can be delivered amongst numerous providers, outside the hospital setting, and in various ways across the care continuum.  By Bob Reese, Senior Vice President and Global Partner, Healthcare Transformation Services, Philips -

1 in 5 Minnesota psych patients stay in hospitals due to lack of post-acute care facilities

Minnesota hospital psychiatric units are housing hundreds of psychiatric patients for extended periods of time due to a lack of places to transport them once stabilized, the StarTribune reported.  By Morgan Haefner -

Patient flow quarterly issue 3

Achieving measurable outcomes is the focus of this issue — and while there are a wide range of patient flow metrics available, the true goal is providing a timely, well-coordinated, high-quality experience for patients and caregivers.  By Staff -

Hospital-affiliated combined ED, urgent care centers reduce unnecessary emergency visits

Centennial, Colo.-based Centura Health worked with The Larkin Group in Bellaire, Texas, to open three new hospital-affiliated, combined emergency/urgent care centers and found the new centers reduce unnecessary visits to the ED and save money.  By Heather Punke -

Top 10 Honor Roll hospitals outpatient surgery volume

Here is the number of outpatient surgeries for the top 10 hospitals on the U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll based on the number of visits in the last year reported.  By Laura Dyrda -

Top 10 Honor Roll hospitals inpatient surgery volume

Here is the number of inpatient surgeries for the top 10 hospitals on the U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll.  By Laura Dyrda -

Clinical efficiency tricks for the emergency department: In-room

Drawing on more than 15 years of experience as an emergency physician and medical director, Dr. Kenneth Heinrich, a regional director and medical director of Emergency Department consulting services for ECI Healthcare, a division of Schumacher Clinical Partners, identifies in this series the ED practices ripest for efficiency gains.  By Dr. Kenneth J. Heinrich, medical director of ECI Healthcare Advisory Group; regional director for ECI Healthcare, division of Schumacher Clinical Partners -

Nurse-driven protocols shorten ED stays, study finds

When nurses are allowed to administer certain treatments in the emergency department, instead of physicians, it can shorten ED stays for patients with fever, chest pain, hip fractures and vaginal bleeding, according to a study in Annals of Emergency Medicine. By Heather Punke -

Amid shortage, number of psychiatric beds in US down 13% from 2010

A critical nationwide shortage of psychiatric beds is forcing many mentally ill patients with severe symptoms to be "boarded" in hospital emergency rooms and jails as they wait for an available bed, sometimes for weeks, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts. By Tamara Rosin -

268 hospitalized during Lollapalooza

The city of Chicago reported 268 Lollapalooza attendees were hospitalized during the four-day music festival, the Chicago Tribune reported.  By Morgan Haefner -

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