HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - September 17, 2008 View as a Webpage | Subscribe for Free

More Hospitals Offering CAM-Are You?
John Commins, Editor, Community Hospitals
A new survey this month by American Hospital Association subsidiary Health Forum shows that a growing number of hospitals are offering complementary and alternative medical services, or CAM. Is your hospital part of this trend? [Read More]
September 17, 2008
Editor's Picks

Ethics probe could delay new parish hospital
As if the people of beleaguered St. Bernard Parish didn't have enough to worry about! The parish to the Southeast of New Orleans has been without a hospital since Hurricane Katrina hit the Delta three years ago. Now there is a threat of further delays as the five-member St. Bernard Parish Council reviews a potential conflict of interest dispute. Two physicians who sit on the board are also employed at a temporary clinic operated by the Franciscan Mission of Our Lady Health System, one of several healthcare systems hoping to land a contract to manage the yet-to-be-built hospital. [Read More]

Economic woes, demographics hit Michigan hospitals hard
Michigan's slumping economy and population changes that are leaving the Rust Belt with older, poorer, sicker residents are taking a big hit on Michigan hospitals. [Read More]

Massachusetts bans ER diversions
State officials in Massachusetts say diverting ambulances to other hospitals creates more problems than it solves. So, effective Jan. 1, 2009, diversions will be virtually banned, except in cases of "code black" dire emergency such as a major hospital fire. [Read More]

ER patients often confused after visits
About 78% of emergency room patients are discharged without understanding the treatment they received or how to care for themselves once they get home, according to a study by the Annals of Emergency Medicine. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

The New C-suite: Sailing the Seven Cs, Part 1
It takes strong leadership skills to navigate the waters of physician-hospital competition and collaboration. The questions to consider are "Where do you want your organization to be?" and "Where is it now?" [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Inova HealthPlex's Northern Virginia facility provides ER care, stat
Washington Post - September 16, 2008
Bush hears from OK small businesses on health savings accounts
The Oklahoman - September 17, 2008
Akron (OH) Children's Hospital to expand into Youngstown area
Cleveland Plain Dealer - September 10, 2008
Ochsner Health System teams up with Luling, LA, hospital
New Orleans Times-Picayune - September 9, 2008
Retail clinics haven't cut health costs, study finds
Minneapolis Star Tribune - September 10, 2008
From HealthLeaders Magazine
10 Events That Could Change Healthcare
  No one knows what the future holds, but several scenarios could significantly alter the healthcare landscape. [Read More]
Community Call
Discussion Board
Is your healthcare facility one of the growing number of hospitals offering complementary and alternative medical services?
Audio Feature
Secrets to Making Staff Happy: It's a considerable accomplishment to be included in Fortune magazine's "Top 100 Companies to Work For." But it's even more remarkable to be included with the likes of Google, General Mills, and Nike for nine straight years. It's more remarkable still when your company is a small community hospital. Bill Powanda, a vice president at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT, explains what makes his hospital such a great place to work. [Listen Now]
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