• White House struggles to find new leader of pandemic preparedness: Report

    The White House is still searching for a director to helm a newly established office that would oversee pandemic preparedness and response efforts once the COVID-19 public health emergency ends May 11, people familiar with the matter told Politico in a May 5 report. 
  • Viewpoint: The healthcare industry's 'inauthenticity epidemic'

    Healthcare is suffering from an "inauthenticity epidemic" — so it is no surprise that "a lot of good, honest people" are looking to exit the industry, according to Sachin Jain, MD. 
  • National Hospital Week begins: 4 things to know

    National Hospital Week — which aims to recognize and celebrate hospitals, health systems and the people who work at them — began May 7 and runs through May 13. 
  • CDC head to depart

    Rochelle Walensky, MD, is exiting her role as director of the CDC at the end of June. 
  • Embracing the health ecosystem

    Despite significant intervention and investment over the past several decades, the U.S. healthcare system continues to be challenged by unrelenting rising costs and stagnant quality. 
  • Stay or leave the company? Half of women say flexibility is a factor

    Half of women say flexibility is a top-three factor when deciding whether or not to leave a company, according to a new report featured by the Society of Human Resources Management. 
  • NYC Health + Hospitals leaders named to Asian American achievement list

    Two senior leaders at NYC Health + Hospitals have been named to a prestigious list highlighting the achievements of Asian American professionals.
  • Nurses care for all of us. The least we can do is return the favor

    Nurses, the heart and soul of American healthcare, are leaving the profession at an alarming pace. A recent University of Michigan study puts this long-building exodus in a new light: 39 percent of state-licensed nurses in Michigan told researchers they plan to leave their jobs in the next year. That’s bad news for a state with an estimated 8,500 open nursing positions. It gets worse.
  • Productive outrage: An essential leadership quality to create health equity

    At the beginning of my career, I was a newly minted CEO of a struggling hospital in the U.S. Virgin Islands when a young man arrived in the emergency department with a severe gunshot wound. To survive, he needed a blood transfusion – fast. But we were at the mercy of island blood banks; the local government prohibited hospitals from managing their own procurement. The bank refused to send additional blood because the hospital had an unpaid bill. I knew the clock was ticking and called the territorial finance administrator. After navigating mind-boggling, unnecessary red tape, we got the blood needed to save that young man’s life. While he made a full recovery, his care and healing were jeopardized because of bureaucratic and financial messes that had absolutely nothing to do with him.
  • Controversial board chair resigns from California health system

    Farid Assemi, the board chair of Fresno, Calif.-based Community Health System, has resigned amid sustained concerns about potential conflicts of interest, the Fresno Bee reported May 2.
  • Leadership concerns spur exodus from Mississippi Hospital Association

    Several hospitals are departing the Mississippi Hospital Association, citing concerns with the association's leadership, Mississippi Today reported May 2.
  • Technology Proven to Improve Operating Room Performance Data Analytics Drive Patient Safety, OR Efficiency, and Profitability

    North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) is a leader in patient safety and healthcare innovation. In 2008, NAPA achieved remarkable results when it installed the first HIPAA- and PHI-compliant, third-party RVA camera-with-feedback in a U.S. hospital. Within weeks of implementing NAPA Peak Performance2 in the operating room (OR), compliance for surgical safety checklist, sign-ins, time-outs, sign-outs, and terminal cleaning regularly neared or achieved 100% in that location. These sustainable results inspired one of New York’s largest health systems to implement and expand this concept to more than 150 ORs in 23 hospitals. RVA metrics also enabled OR staff to reduce turnover times and first case start delays. NAPA Peak Performance2 (PP2) produces better clinical and financial outcomes.
  • Jefferson CEO says executive 'should have known better' in Twitter use

    The leadership team of Jefferson Health and Thomas Jefferson University is responding to a report about one executive's use of Twitter, which involved "liking" tweets about COVID-19 vaccines and gender reassignment surgery. 
  • Emory's next CEO: Listening, communicating the 'why' crucial for system engagement

    On July 1, Joon Sup Lee, MD, will begin serving as CEO of Emory Healthcare, an 11-hospital system headquartered in Atlanta.
  • Members press National Academies on Sackler donations

    Members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are looking to the organization for answers on why it accepted millions of dollars in donations from the Sackler family — which owns Purdue Pharma — while also advising the federal government on its opioid policies, The New York Times reported April 28.
  • Journal corrects images in study co-authored by Stanford president after allegations of research misconduct

    The European Molecular Biology Organization Journal has issued a correction to a paper for which Stanford (Calif.) University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, PhD, a prominent neuroscientist, is listed as a co-author. 
  • Women CEOs now outnumber those named John at big companies

    Among CEOs, women finally outnumber their counterparts with the first name John among S&P 500 companies — progress in what is a memorable measurement of gender representation that stems from a 2015 New York Times article. 
  • Avera hospital CEO dies at 56

    Mikel Holland, MD, regional president and CEO of Pierre, S.D.-based Avera St. Mary's Hospital, died April 23 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., according to his obituary. He was 56.
  • 'We can't just sit back in our clinics': How Memorial Hermann shapes its community health initiatives

    Memorial Hermann Health System's commitment to community health has roots going back decades. But these days, this commitment is more than a persistent focus; it's branded into the Houston-based organization's identity, CEO David Callender, MD, told Becker's. 
  • For healthcare leaders, it is time to play more like pickleball than tennis

    I enjoy playing tennis and prefer the sport over pickleball any day. Yet, I often find myself on the pickleball court instead of the tennis court. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. The sport is booming with more players, teams, leagues, equipment and buzz than ever before.  

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