• 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.  
  • Florida surgeon general altered COVID-19 vaccine study findings: Report

    Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, MD, PhD, altered findings from a state health department study last year to suggest mRNA COVID-19 vaccines pose an increased risk of cardiac-related death among younger men, according to records obtained by Politico. 
  • From Start to Finish: Streamlining Provider Lifecycle Management to Deliver Value Back to Healthcare Organizations

    While processes like enrollment and credentialing may often seem more administrative in nature, they have very real impacts on patient care and safety, as well as a hospital or health system’s financial performance.
  • Healthcare 'silver linings': 21 hospital leaders on what's worth celebrating

    The American Hospital Association kicked off its annual conference in Washington, D.C., on April 23 with discussions about hospital finances, rural healthcare challenges and opportunities to create better access to mental and behavioral healthcare.
  • National Academies faces scrutiny over Sackler donations

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine 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 23. 
  • The Workforce of the Future: What Hospitals Need to Stay Competitive 

    In this exclusive Q&A, Vituity’s President Theo Koury, MD, shares his expert take on the hiring challenges facing hospitals and health systems and ways to successfully recruit for and shape the workforce of the future.
  • Cone Health CEO pushes back on Atrium Health's hospital proposal

    Atrium Health has proposed a new hospital in Greensboro, N.C. The CEO of Cone Health, based in Greensboro, isn't keen on the idea. 
  • White House plans to nominate head of National Cancer Institute to run NIH

    President Joe Biden is looking to nominate Monica Bertagnolli, MD, to run the National Institutes of Health, two people familiar with the matter told Politico in an April 19 report.
  • 'Handing off a treasure': Inside Rady Children's seamless CEO transition

    When done properly, a handoff — from shift to shift, for example — creates continuity and consistency in a hospital setting, ensuring no balls are dropped when it comes to patient care.  

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