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Let's Stay Together
Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

Regardless of whether they'll admit it or not, managers take turnover personally. The departure of a good employee has far-reaching effects: disappointed co-workers, lost institutional knowledge, unexpected employment holes. Some managers feign indifference--"If they think they can get a better job elsewhere, go for it"--but deep down, turnover hurts. [Read More]
  March 21, 2008

Editor's Picks
Republicans and Democrats diverge on healthcare
Republicans are more likely to see the glass half full when it comes to American healthcare, according to a new study. Sixty-eight percent of surveyed Republicans said American healthcare is the best in the world, compared to only 32% of Democrats. [Read More]
For top medical students, appearance matters
While the number of medical students going into primary care and internal medicine is dwindling, America's best and brightest medical students are heading into more "attractive" fields: dermatology and plastic surgery. Experts say this shift represents the growing popularity of specialties that improve the lives of patients, rather than specialties that manage or treat disease. [Read More]
Hospitals reuse medical devices to lower costs
Anyone who's visited a hospital lately knows there's a lot of waste: scissors, clamps, tubes, sharps--they all add up. To reduce this waste, some hospitals have begun re-using medical devices that are labeled as single-use. Supporters of this practice, which involves shipping the products to reprocessing facilities to be sterilized and tested for reuse, say it's safe, saves money, and eliminates tons of waste. Critics argue that products designed to be one-time-use have a higher risk of failure and harm when recycled. I'm all for eliminating waste, but from a patient perspective, I'm not sure I want to be the tenth patient on a one-time-use product. [Read More]
Top Leadership Teams Secrets Revealed
Time is running out to enter our HealthLeaders Media Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Awards Program. This article by HealthLeaders Editor-in-Chief Jim Molpus outlines some of the tricks to applying for this prestigious award. You better hurry--the deadline is Thursday, March 27! [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
PA hospital performance data now online
AP/Philadelphia Inquirer - March 19, 2008

Insurers, doctors at odds over 'concierge' care
Houston Chronicle - March 13, 2008
Another New Orleans hospital CEO leaving for job elsewhere
The Times-Picayune - March 14, 2008
St. Louis health system settles lawsuit for uninsured patients
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - March 19, 2008

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