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Part 1: How a CEO Empowered Staff to Save $3M and Their Jobs
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

During the recession, Chicago's Swedish Covenant Hospital chief Mark Newton was unwilling to take draconian measures such as layoffs. Instead, he deployed a tactic from his entrepreneurial background: he challenged his staff to find ways to cut costs themselves.
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  March 25, 2011

Editor's Picks
Hospitals Offer Amenities to Drive Patient Volume
Studies show upscale amenities such as private rooms and gourmet food are more important to patients than a hospital's clinical quality of care. So what does that tell hospitals? Bring on the spa treatment and hold off on buying that EMR? [Read More]
MLR May Sting, but HIEs Could KO Health Insurance Brokers
A battle to exempt health plan broker commissions from the medical loss ratio rule is underway. But a more serious threat may be lurking in the form of health insurance exchanges, which could effectively eliminate the need for agents and brokers. [Read More]
HHS Unveils National Quality Strategy
The Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled a three-pronged National Quality Strategy that calls for developing patient-centered care, reducing costs, and improving general public health by supporting "proven interventions" that address unhealthy behavioral, social, and environmental issues. The strategy was called for under the Affordable Care Act and marks the first effort to create national aims and priorities to guide local, state, and national efforts to improve healthcare, HHS says. [Read More]
Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction
Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. [Read More]
Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services
Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. [Learn More]
Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Learn More]
This Week's Headlines
A year later, still no cure for politics in healthcare
McClatchy Newspapers, March 24, 2011
Dual HIT Programs Reduce Medication Errors at Hopkins
HealthLeaders Media, March 23, 2011
AL hospital closing leaves residents bewildered
The Anniston Star, March 23, 2011
Carilion Clinic Announces Leadership Changes
HealthLeaders Media, March 23, 2011
IOM Recommends Clinical Practice Guideline Standards
HealthLeaders Media, March 24, 2011
FL gov. announces board to study public hospitals
The Miami Herald, March 24, 2011
PHA Backs Repeal of Ban on Physician-Owned Hospitals
HealthLeaders Media, March 23, 2011
Budget battle poses threat to community health centers
The Boston Globe, March 24, 2011
Reductions in Tax Incentives Potentially 'Devastating' to U.S. Healthcare
HealthLeaders Media, March 21, 2011
Lap-Band surgery marred by problems after 12 years
Chicago Tribune/Reuters Health, March 22, 2011
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March 31: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

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