HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - September 10, 2008 View as a Webpage | Subscribe for Free

Small Hospital Provides Big Lesson in Quality of Care
John Commins, Editor, Community Hospitals
Each hospital has a different set of challenges, some greater than others. However, there is a handful of common sense strategies that I have heard from every hospital executive and physician I've ever interviewed, strategies that all hospitals can undertake to measurably improve patient outcomes. [Read More]
September 10, 2008
Editor's Picks

MD sees pitfalls in P4P
Long Island Cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar, MD, raises concerns about the downside of P4P in this editorial in the New York Times. [Read More]

Telepharmacies are catching on
Telepharmacies are gaining in popularity on the frozen prairies of North Dakota and in other predominantly rural states like Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska. Officials running the project in North Dakota say they're getting calls every day from other states that want to set up similar programs. [Read More]

More background checks find more criminals
What happens when you do more criminal background checks on employees? You find more criminals. More than 10% of the Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital employees whose backgrounds were examined by Los Angeles County had criminal histories, according to a long-awaited analysis. [Read More]

Baptist Health South Florida hospital goes green
Baptist Health South Florida says its $160 million, 80-bed, state-of-the-art hospital, set to open in 2011, will be the first certified green hospital in South Florida. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Connect Branding to the Bottom Line, Part 2
In Part 1 of a two-part series, HealthLeaders Media contributor Gabrielle DeTora outlined a plan for CFOs to measure true return on investment from your marketing team's efforts. In Part 2, DeTora goes through steps to improve ROI once you're able to measure it. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Clarian Health taking over Muncie, IN, hospital
AP/Chicago Tribune – September 9, 2008
Abington (PA) Memorial moves to acquire hospital
Philadelphia Inquirer – September 9, 2008
Pediatrix buys Louisiana firm
Miami Herald – September 8, 2008
Shopping for healthcare off to a shaky start
Dallas Morning News – September 8, 2008
Akron (OH) Children's Hospital to expand into Youngstown area
Cleveland Plain Dealer – September 10, 2008
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Help the Uninsured (Without Going Broke)
  The number of people who can't pay much—or anything—for their care just keeps rising. Some hospitals have found new ways to help them while still protecting the financial health of the hospital. [Read More]
Community Call
Discussion Board
What do you believe is the most important issue for Community and Rural Hospitals that Congress needs to address this fall?