March/April 2010 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

March/April 2010 Issue

14 Biggest Trends and Events for Hospitals and Health Systems in 2009
1. Recession. Though conditions have improved in some areas, hospitals are still feeling the lasting effects of the recession. "This recession seems to be a two-step process that we are only halfway... Click to continue »

Chris Van Gorder: Working Closely With Physicians Key to Turning Scripps Health Around
This past decade started off with a big promotion for me as well as a daunting challenge. After working my way up through the ranks of healthcare administration in Southern California, starting as a police officer in suburban Los Angeles, I was named CEO in 2000 of San Diego-based Scripps Health, which currently has five hospitals and 19 outpatient centers... Click to continue »

20 Best Community Hospitals in America
Becker's Hospital Review has named the 20 best community hospitals, defined as hospitals with no or limited teaching programs and 325 or fewer beds, in America. Each hospital included on this list was... Click to continue »

Steve Ronstrom: Strategic Performance Improvement Amid Cost Cutting
No matter what happens with the current health reform legislation, hospitals in the coming decade will have less money and more demands upon them to improve efficiency, outcomes and safety. Since institutions... Click to continue »

Chuck Lauer: 8 Reasons Why Health Reform is Running out of Steam
With health reform, President Obama had a great opportunity to correct some rampant flaws in the healthcare system. But for several reasons, which I'll itemize, the reform process has become its own worst enemy. The election in Massachusetts is the latest sign that the reform process is running out of steam, although it's not over yet... Click to continue »

8 Top Hospital and Health System Trends of the Past Decade
1. Loosened cost controls. HMOs in the late 1990s had successfully slowed growth in healthcare spending, but by the end of that decade they had come to be regarded as heartless conservators of the bottom line... Click to continue »

Brett Gosney: 5 Tips for Maintaining Orthopedic Implant Costs
Implants for procedures can either make or break a hospital's profits when it comes to orthopedic surgery. Good contracts for these items consist of more than just a low price; other factors such as quality and payor issues are also important to success at your hospital... Click to continue »

David Fox: Transparency as the Key to Improvement
David Fox, CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill., believes transparency is critical to improving the performance of any hospital. At Good Samaritan, both overall organizational and individual... Click to continue »

Becker’s Hospital Review Announces Hospitals and Health Systems: Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues Conference (April 13-14, 2010, Chicago
Chicago, IL -- Becker's Hospital Review announces details of the Hospitals and Health Systems: Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues Conference on April 13-14, 2010, at the Westin Hotel... Click to continue »

Mark Laney: Bridging the Generation Gap — the Art of Managing Multiple Generations
One of the greatest challenges facing healthcare executives today is managing physicians and employees from different generations. When I was president of Cook Children's Physician Network in Fort Worth, Texas, a position I held until I came to Heartland Health last year, this issue took more of my time than any other... Click to continue »

Quint Studer: Four Best Practices for Improving Emergency Department Results
The emergency department is one of the most critical departments within a hospital because a hospital's overall perception is largely dependent of the success or failure of its ED, says Quint Studer, founder... Click to continue »

Hospital and Health System Executive Moves
University of California, San Diego Medical Center named Thomas Jackiewicz as its new CEO in Dec 2009. Mr. Jackiewicz will oversee the UCSD’s 440-bed hospital in Hillcrest, 108-bed hospital in La Jolla... Click to continue »

Hospital and Health System Transactions
The merger between Roger Williams Medical Center and St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island, both in Providence, R.I., has been approved by Attorney General Patrick Lynch, and the two groups will form CharterCARE Health Partners. Integrated operations are expected to begin in Jan. 2010... Click to continue »

Marie Sinioris Explains the Goals of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership
Marie E. Sinioris is president and CEO of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. Q: What is the National Center for Healthcare Leadership? Marie Sinioris: The center conducts research... Click to continue »

CEO Robert Allen of Park City Medical Center Shares Lessons Learned in Opening a New Hospital
Robert Allen, CEO of 26-bed Park City (Utah) Medical Center, part of Intermountian Healthcare, oversaw the hospital's recent opening in February and has been part of the hospital's development since becoming... Click to continue »

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