HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - June 11, 2008 View as a Webpage | Subscribe for Free

Why Haven't More Hospitals Jumped on the eICU Bandwagon?
Carrie Vaughan, Editor, Community Hospitals
One example in Maryland shows how a hospital partnership can both improve the quality of patient care and increase access to critical-care physicians through an electronic ICU program. [Read More]
June 11, 2008
Editor's Picks

Patient's death shows lapses at North Carolina hospital
As I mentioned last week, one of the main risks that small community hospitals face when it comes to patient safety and preventing medical errors is informal communication that is not always documented properly. It appears that this type of communication may have contributed to the death of William Bobbitt Paschall at Louisburg, NC-based Franklin Regional Medical Center. His death led to three federal investigations, which uncovered that nurses and doctors failed to record critical medical information and the hospital allowed nurse anesthetists to work without required supervision. [Read More]

Foundation donates $300 million
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced that it is giving $300 million to 14 communities and regions around the country to reduce racial and regional disparities in healthcare. One goal of the community-focused program is to reduce the number of hospital admissions for things like poorly managed diabetes or heart failure by providing resources and technical expertise to physicians and teaching patients how to better manage their chronic illnesses. [Read More]

The merger is off
The Federal Trade Commission challenged Virginia-based Inova Health System's plans merge with Prince William Hospital, on the grounds that the merger would violate federal antitrust laws. Rather than fight a lengthy legal battle (or perhaps out of fear they might not win), the two health systems decided to abandon their plans to merge. Prince William, a community hospital in Manassas, VA, was looking for a partner to help it expand and upgrade its facility. [Read More]

Virtual consultations
It can take a couple of weeks for a patient to see a specialist, not too mention the hassle of taking time off work and traveling to the appointment. But that is no longer the case at Duluth, MN-based SuperiorHealth Center where Mayo Clinic physicians have been offering "virtual consults" through a project sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Mayo doctors can answer specific questions about diagnosis and treatment without actually seeing the patient. Instead they rely almost entirely on records, images and lab tests. Virtual consultations have a lot promise—especially in rural areas. Yet one big question still needs to be answered: Who will pay for these virtual visits? [Read More]
Leaders Forum

The ROI of Locum Tenens
Contributor Joseph Caldwell, president of Staff Care, takes a look at the costs and benefits—both obvious and indirect—of locum tenens physicians, who are becoming an increasingly vital part of the patient care process. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Georgia medical center gets OK from state for new project
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – June 6, 2008
Preventive screenings available with mobile unit
Wausau Daily Herald – June 11, 2008
New York Medicaid to deny payment for hospital errors
AP/Yahoo News – June 9, 2008
Nurses demand increase in staffing at MO medical center
Kansas City Star – June 6, 2008
Honor makes Florida hospital hearts beat proudly
St. Petersburg Times – June 5, 2008
Residents persevere with push for Florida hospital
Orlando Sentinel – June 5, 2008
Olathe (KS) Medical Center starts work on $20.85 million expansion
Kansas City Business Journal – June 5, 2008
Six NY hospitals join network offering preventive services
The Buffalo News – June 11, 2008
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Shared Success
  Crafting a true partnership—often with a perceived competitor—is a complex task. Here's how some hospitals are doing it. [Read More]