• 7 healthcare trends we're watching now

    1. Margins for health systems improved in 2023 after a disastrous 2022. At the end of 2022, it looked like we would see massive health system failures. Systems rebounded in 2023 far better than many of us expected. The median hospital margin was -0.5% in January 2023 and 2.3% by year's end, according to Kaufman Hall. 
  • Lawmakers question Aspirus CEO over hospital service changes

    U.S. and Michigan lawmakers are seeking answers to concerns regarding the recently announced transition of services at Aspirus Ontonagon (Mich.) Hospital.
  • Torrance Memorial's succession plan 'left nothing to chance'

    Keith Hobbs spent nearly three years acclimating to Torrance (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center before becoming its CEO, according to a Feb. 13 blog post from the hospital. 
  • Ascension names new board members

    Ascension, a nonprofit Catholic health system based in St. Louis, has named two new members to its board of directors.
  • Michael Dowling: Bending the curve of gun deaths in America

    To borrow a phrase used regularly during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are beginning to "bend the curve" since firearm-related deaths reached an all-time high of nearly 49,000 in 2021.
  • Quint Studer: Middle managers are game changers to reverse the senior leader trust gap

    I've worked in healthcare a long time and have met hundreds if not thousands of senior leaders. Every day I see that this group is passionate about serving staff, patients, and the community to the best of their ability. 
  • Ochsner's 'lofty goal' to redesign care

    Hospitals and health systems have continued to evolve their approaches and strategies to tackle today's industry challenges. For New Orleans-based Ochsner Health, that has meant an increased focus on patient access, particularly in the ambulatory setting, as well as workforce stabilization, according to Mike Hulefeld, the organization's president and COO.
  • Hospitals make incremental progress on leadership diversity

    Hospitals are making progress to diversify their C-suites, management and boards, though there is still significant room for improvement, according to a Feb. 28 report from the American Hospital Association. 
  • Mitch McConnell to exit Senate leadership post: 5 things to know

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will step down from his leadership post in November, multiple news outlets reported Feb. 28. 
  • Where some COOs, CFOs are passing the baton

    Nearly a quarter of health systems are appointing new executives to lead provider compensation — a function previously headed by COOs and CFOs, according to a recent report shared with Becker's. 
  • Mississippi College of Nursing names interim dean

    The Mississippi College School of Nursing in Clinton, Miss., has named Lisa Eichelberger, PhD, RN, as its interim dean, according to a Feb. 27 announcement.
  • Healthcare CEOs pledge $10M to tackle gun violence

    Health systems across the U.S. have joined the Ad Council and a coalition of health systems to launch a new public awareness and education campaign focused on gun violence prevention.
  • Former dealmakers agree: U of Minnesota needs hospitals back from Fairview

    Former University of Minnesota leaders who were "at the table" when it transferred its hospitals and clinics to Fairview Health Services agree that it's time for the assets to come home, according to a Feb. 25 op-ed in the Star Tribune. 
  • Navigating Healthcare's Data Divide: A Roadmap for Executives

    In the current healthcare environment, health system executives face a critical imperative: unlocking objective insights from clinician data to address workforce and efficiency challenges effectively. Despite acknowledging the importance of holistic, actionable data, many struggle with incomplete and cumbersome data systems.
  • Michael Dowling on a turning point for healthcare CEOs

    Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling remembers the skepticism he encountered when elevating gun violence as a public health issue a few years ago. Now the fight is onto bigger conversations and pursuits. 
  • 'Hard-line CEOs' and the 5-day return to office

    Some organizations are exploring the benefits of a shortened workweek, while others — often high-profile companies — are taking a hard lean the other way. 
  • Hospital CEO turnover down year over year

    Hospitals and health systems reported 11 CEO changes last month, marking a 52% decrease from the same month in 2023. 
  • Palomar considers 'creative pivot' to new leadership structure

    Escondido, Calif.-based Palomar Health is proposing a structural reorganization under which health system executives would be employed by a nonprofit, outside management organization rather than a public entity. 
  • What Ozempic, AI and layoffs have in common for CEOs

    GLP-1 drugs and artificial intelligence are helping people and organizations, respectively, slim down. And people are reluctant to credit them entirely for the results.
  • A heart attack changed this health system CEO's life

    Todd LaPorte brings more than 35 years of healthcare experience to his role as CEO of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based HonorHealth, a role he's held since April 2017. While he has undoubtedly faced numerous challenges during his career, including those related to the pandemic, it was a sculpture that brought about the most difficult professional challenge he's ever faced.

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