HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - March 30, 2011
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Top Community Hospitals Named
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
Thomson Reuters releases its list of top-performing hospitals the same week that Merritt Hawkins announces a pro bono search program to find a physician for a medically underserved area.[Read More]
March 30, 2011
Editor's Picks

Hospital Drug Shortages Reach 10-Year High
A dearth of chemotherapy, sedation, and pain relief medications is endangering patient safety and adding millions of dollars in costs for higher priced substitutes annually, report finds. [Read More]

How a CEO Empowered Staff to Save $3M and Their Jobs
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. [Read More]

Nursing Staff Increase Can Improve Outcomes, Study Shows
In non-safety net hospitals, higher nurse staffing rates were associated with fewer deaths, life-threatening situations, and rates of infection, one study shows. [Read More]

Are ACOs Unaffordable?
Startup costs to join an accountable care organization are likely too high for many healthcare providers to overcome in the near term, according to a report written by a group purchasing organization. [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. [Read More]

Leaders Forum

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]

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This Week's Headlines

Top 100 Hospitals Named by Thomson Reuters
HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2011
AMA Launches Mobile App and Challenge
HealthLeaders Media, March 30, 2011
Hospital Chiefs Still Grappling With Reform
HealthLeaders Media, March 24, 2011
Telemedicine connects big-city specialists and rural patients
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 29, 2011
Hospital Construction Methods Lower Costs, Raise Benefits
HealthLeaders Media, March 25, 2011
Ranks of MA for-profit hospitals may grow
The Boston Globe, March 30, 2011
Better use of antibiotics will reduce spread of drug-resistant 'superbugs'
Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2011


Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform (March 29)
Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services (March 31)
Productivity Incentives for Direct Employment Compensation Models (On demand)
More Patients, Less Money, Higher Quality (On demand)

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