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Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

When Donald Trump unveiled "Celebrity Apprentice," a star-studded twist on his popular television reality series, my skeptical side said, "Great, yet another show where virtually unknown D-listers try desperately for a shot at real fame." But the inner optimist (and reality junkie) screamed, "A business competition with big stars and huge egos? Where's the remote to my TiVo?" [Read More]

  Feb. 1, 2008

Editor's Picks
Hospitals got millions, spent little on charity
Five San Francisco hospitals received almost $80 million in tax breaks last year, but a new report finds that these tax breaks--given to reimburse the facilities for providing charity care--weren't exactly earned. [Read More]
Nineteen deaths blamed on substandard care
"Fragmented and inconsistent" administration is one of several reasons given for the substandard care offered at the Marion, IL, VA Medical Center. Earlier this week, a report found that 19 patients died and another 34 were injured because of the substandard care offered at the facility. [Read More]
Lawmaker tries to stop newly named CEO
Calling it a conflict of interest, a Georgia state representative has filed legislation to prevent the chairwoman of a hospital board--also his colleague in the state legislature--from taking over as temporary CEO. [Read More]
Study says hand gel not enough to curb hospital infections
While other studies have shown hand sanitizing gel can be just as effective--if not more so--than using soap and water, a report in the January issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, says sanitizing hands isn't enough to control the spread of disease. [Read More]
Board game provides training and insight for hospital staff
A decision-making game designed by Johns Hopkins University is helping hospital departments work together more efficiently. Four-player teams try to juggle a limited number of hospital beds, a relentless influx of patients and a gradual attrition of nurses to care for them. The decisions come while racing against a clock that forces faster and faster decisions, and every so often game cards announce another mini-crisis to ramp up the pressure. [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
Controversial ER opens in Miami
The Miami Herald - January 30, 2008

Administrator at Kaiser's Fresno hospital steps down
Los Angeles Times - January 29, 2008
Lax oversight favors doctors over patients
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - January 26, 2008
Medical schools prepare for silver tsunami
Reuters/Yahoo News - January 29, 2008
St. Louis medical center eyeing new employment system for ER docs
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - January 28, 2008
Ailing Connecticut hospitals good to CEOs
Hartford Courant - January 28, 2008

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