Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 12 recent hospital expansions

    Here are 12 hospitals or health systems that have completed expansions, are in the process of expanding or are planning to expand, as reported by Becker's in the last few weeks.
  2. Americans spend 12M hours a week on the phone with health insurers

    On average, Americans cumulatively spend 12 million hours a week talking to their health insurer, according to a Stanford study. 
  3. Amazon to add 150,000 seasonal jobs

    Amazon announced Oct. 18 that it plans to hire 150,000 workers for seasonal positions across the country. According to Bloomberg, this is about 50 percent more than last year. 

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  1. Viewpoint: How scrubs reinforce sexist double standards

    As hospitals relax their dress codes to pre-pandemic standards across the country, female physicians are preparing for a return of appearance-related sexism, according to an Oct. 16 opinion piece in The Atlantic by Trisha Pasricha, MD. 
  2. COVID-19 still undermining performance improvement efforts, report finds

    Despite efforts by hospitals and health systems, the COVID-19 pandemic is still damaging their improvement efforts, showing a need for major changes in operations, according to Kaufman Hall's 2021 Healthcare Performance Improvement Report Oct. 18.
  3. Former New Jersey hospital employee wrongfully viewed, shared 9K patient records

    Newark, N.J.-based University Hospital began notifying thousands of patients that their protected health information was exposed by a former employee.
  4. Allina Health suspends hospital ER, urgent care amid nurses strike

    Minneapolis-based Allina Health is temporarily suspending emergency and urgent care services at its Abbott Northwestern WestHealth location in Plymouth, Minn., as nurses go on strike.
  1. US renews COVID-19 emergency declaration for 7th time

    HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on Oct. 18 renewed a public health emergency declaration over the COVID-19 pandemic for the seventh time.
  2. CDC releases data on COVID-19 cases, deaths by vaccine type: 5 things to know

    Unvaccinated people are about six times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 and 11 times more likely to die from the illness compared to people who are vaccinated, though there are slight differences in risk based on vaccine type, according to newly released CDC data. 
  3. Striking Catholic Health workers to receive $300 weekly

    Striking workers at Catholic Health's Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (N.Y.) will get $300 payments weekly from the union that represents them, according to NBC affiliate WGRZ.
  4. 4 states still overwhelmed by COVID-19 hospitalizations

    As national COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline, four states are still seeing double-digit increases in hospitalization rates. 
  1. Illinois hospital regains level 2 trauma status 

    Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill., has regained its designation as a level 2 trauma center, according to an Oct. 15 Daily Herald report. 
  2. CVS Health names chief health equity officer

    CVS Health has named Joneigh Khaldun, MD, vice president and chief health equity officer.
  3. Healthcare may see a 'Great Retirement,' too

    Numerous health systems are down to their final months with the same CEO who led the organization through a tumultuous decade for the industry.
  4. 11 fastest growing healthcare jobs over next decade — No. 1 is nurse practitioners

    The demand for healthcare professionals is booming, projected to grow 16 percent in the next decade, CNBC reported Oct. 15.
  5. How USC, Yale healthcare experts are helping TV writers rethink COVID-19 storytelling

    Television shows — medical dramas, in particular — are writing storylines about COVID-19 with the help of physicians and public health experts, The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 15.
  6. The 3 essential skills for health system CEOs to thrive today, according to AdventHealth's Terry Shaw

    Terry Shaw serves as president and CEO of Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based AdventHealth, overseeing one of the nation's largest faith-based health systems, comprising more than 50 hospitals across nine states. 
  7. 10 execs share their systems' best innovation projects in 2021

    This year has been ripe with opportunities to improve healthcare delivery through digital innovation. Below, 10 executives from health systems across the country share the project they've been most proud of in 2021.
  8. CDC updates holiday gathering guidance: 8 things to know

    The CDC updated it's holiday celebration guidance Oct. 15, saying full vaccination before attending a gathering is the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk. 
  9. HSHS to raise minimum wage for 3,000 employees

    Springfield, Ill.-based Hospital Sisters Health System is increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour, which will affect about 3,000 employees in Wisconsin and Illinois.

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