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Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

Given the perpetual flow of news about what's wrong with healthcare, it was refreshing to hear this week about how some hospitals and health systems are actually improving the care that they deliver to patients. There certainly doesn't seem to be a shortage of process improvement strategies to improve patient care—developing those ideas seems to be the easy part. The challenge for senior leaders is implementing those strategies systemwide and sustaining them.
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  December 12, 2008

Editor's Picks
Holidays and healthcare
If you think you know how to fix healthcare, here's your chance to weigh in. President-elect Barack Obama is asking average Americans to host informal gatherings to brainstorm ways to improve the U.S. healthcare system from Dec. 15 to Dec. 31. Thomas A. Daschle, the head of the newly created White House Office of Health Reform, will attend at least one of these house party sessions and present a detailed report back to the next president. Obama is also collecting comments on healthcare reform through his Web site, [Read More]
Q&A: Outgoing Jackson Health System CEO
Marvin O'Quinn is stepping down as CEO of the Miami-based Jackson Health System to take on the role of chief operating officer at Catholic Healthcare West. In this Q&A, O'Quinn takes a look back at his role at Jackson Health and discusses the system's future. [Read More]
Struggling hospital to tap foundation
Boca Raton (FL) Community Hospital is taking drastic measures to keep its doors open. The hospital plans to use more than $124 million from its fundraising foundation by July 2009, roughly 73% of its total assets, to help pay the hospital's debts and keep it afloat. [Read More]
More lay offs, cuts, and fear of closure
The hits just keep on coming. Park Nicollet Health Services and North Memorial Health Care will cut more than 600 jobs. Beaumont Hospitals is postponing a big cancer radiation center, freezing jobs, and asking executives to take pay cuts. Loyola University Medical Center is eliminating more than 200 jobs. Clarian Health is preparing to trim jobs in early 2009 in response to investment losses from the nation's economic downturn. And Clayton County, GA's only hospital could close if it doesn't get $40 million to pay off creditors by the end of the year.

This Week's Headlines
Pursuing charitable mission leaves a Chicago hospital struggling
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - December 12, 2008
Hospital officials worry as New York governor signals need for more Medicaid cuts
New York Times - December 11, 2008
38% of adults use alternative medicine
Washington Post - December 11, 2008
Commentary: Employer-based health insurance plans no longer work
Los Angeles Times - December 10, 2008
Hospitals face a new epidemic: Bedsores
New York Times - December 9, 2008
Emergency room workers say problems are rampant
Wall Street Journal (blog) - December 8, 2008
Weak patchwork of oversight lets bad hospitals stay open
New York Times - December 8, 2008

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Are You Ready for Healthcare Reform? Healthcare reform will likely be one of the top priorities President-elect Barack Obama and his administration tackles in the next couple of years. HealthLeaders Media contributor David Osborn discusses how U.S. hospitals can prepare for the next administration's healthcare reform policies. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Keeping Your Eye on the Ball: At the 2008 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Conference, Al Stubblefield, president and CEO of Baptist Health Care Corporation, talked about how the merger-mania of the mid-1990s caused leadership to lose focus of the internal employee morale of Baptist Hospital, leading to what he calls a mediocre organization. [Listen Now]
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