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Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

Nothing makes my eyes glaze and my pulse slow like the ubiquitous "pillars" of healthcare. When done right, pillars give organizations a consistent focus and a foundation on which to base goals, employee evaluations, and strategic planning. But at too many hospitals, "pillars" are nothing more than the rhetoric of media interviews and filler for web sites and marketing. [Read More]
  April 11, 2008

Editor's Picks
Where are all the South Florida nurses?
Seems even year-round sun won't solve the nursing shortage. In fact, Florida ranks in the bottom 13 states when it comes to registered nurses per capita. Although focused on South Florida hospitals, this article mirrors the problems I'm hearing from senior leaders across the country: Too few nurses, not enough nursing schools, and a shortage of affordable housing. The problem doesn't end with nurses. Organizations struggle to entice all types of employees to sign-on and stay on. [Read More]
Studies show it's often cheaper to let people get sick
Employers, hospital leaders, politicians--everybody's focused on prevention as the much-touted solution to our healthcare woes. But, as it turns out, disease prevention actually costs more than illness. Why? Because people in good health live longer. Researchers calculate that healthy people cost the most, followed by the obese, and then smokers (who die the earliest). [Read More]
Medical errors costing US billions
A new report out this week from HealthGrades says patients treated at top-performing hospitals are 43 percent less likely to experience medical errors than patients at low-performing facilities. This isn't exactly breaking news but the numbers are. If low performers performed like America's best hospitals, 37,214 deaths could have been avoided and about $2 billion could have been saved. [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
Hospitals seek Congressional care
Forbes - April 10, 2008

Medicare finds how hard it is to save money
New York Times - April 7, 2008

Healthcare businesses take off at airports
USA Today - April 8, 2008

Hospital capacity drives costs
AP/Yahoo News - April 7, 2008
Medicine mix-ups harm hospitalized kids
AP/Yahoo News - April 7, 2008
Wisconsin medical center refines patient care as it raises productivity
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - April 7, 2008
Warning on medication mix-ups for children
AP/Yahoo News - April 11, 2008

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