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Heart-healthy

By Jay Greene  |  November 06, 2006

Gregory Dehmer, a physician who’s director of cardiology at 517-bed Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, attributes a committed team, cutting-edge technology and quality-improvement efforts with helping his facility make Solucient’s 100 top cardiovascular hospitals list for seven consecutive years.Colleen Nadeau, a registered nurse who is director of cardiology and critical care at

From the top down

By Cinda Becker  |  October 09, 2006

A hospital's board of directors appears to play far more than a symbolic role in both clinical and financial operations. The hands-on engagement of the board in the oversight of quality practices differentiates top-performing hospitals, according to a groundbreaking and ongoing study just released by the Governance Institute and Solucient. The study, based on a survey of 4,200 not-for-profit hospitals and health systems in the U.S., so far has found five statistically significant relationships between board practices and consistently high-performing hospitals. In the coming weeks, Solucient...

Hospitalists make a mark

By Barbara Kirchheimer  |  October 09, 2006

The term "hospitalist" was coined a mere decade ago even though the role began being filled in the early 1990s. In the years since, their numbers have exploded. Today hospital medicine is one of the fastest-growing medical specialties, and salaries are on the rise.Hospitals that have implemented hospitalist programs have done so for a variety of reasons, from the burden on primary-care physicians to improving quality and lowering costs. Whether hospitalists actually help accomplish these and other goals is difficult to determine, but a new study by healthcare research company...

What really works

By David Burda  |  July 24, 2006

Hospitals are bombarded daily if not hourly with reports, strategies, technologies and other grand ideas on how to improve clinical quality and patient safety. In addition to the intellectual challenge of figuring out which ones really work, hospitals also face the financial challenge of deciding which ones they can afford.Welcome to our sixth annual 100 Top Hospitals supplement in which we again attempt to answer that question for our readers. In past editions, we've looked at how top-performing hospitals differ from other hospitals on such variables as: patient-safety strategies,...

Cutting through the haze

By Jean Chenoweth  |  July 24, 2006

There is a fog of confusion around hospital transparency and public report cards that needs to be lifted. I hope to clear up some of that confusion -- at least in relation to the 100 Top Hospitals scorecard compared with clinical process measures from the CMS' Hospital Compare project and from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Solucient's 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmark study is focused on broadly evaluating hospitalwide performance by calculating a composite score across a set of balanced organizational performance measures. The Hospital Compare...

At the top of their game

By Jay Greene  |  February 27, 2006

Focusing on quality improvement, customer service and cost reduction, Scott Street, president and chief executive officer at Duncan (Okla.) Regional Hospital, says the 98-bed hospital achieved significant milestones the past three years in all targeted areas. "I tell management staff that if an agenda item doesn't relate to one of those three areas, then don't spend a lot of time on it," Street says. "We have tremendous cooperation from our medical staff to reduce waste as much as we can in the organization and our board is very supportive."Danbury (Conn.) Hospital has steadily increased...

100 Top Hospitals list

February 27, 2006

A Special Feature on Solucient's ranking of the 100 best hospitals from 2005. Hospitals are ranked by size in two categories: teaching and community. Source: Solucient. Published Feb. 27, 2006. This list includes the following data points:Major teaching hospitals: Hospital name, location and number of years on the listTeaching hospitals (200 or more acute-care beds): Hospital name, location and number of years on the list

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