Top performing hospitals have shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower mortality and readmission rates and higher average operating margins than their peers.
FDA approval of a new implant to reduce feelings of hunger may prompt more investor and provider interest in a market that has seen little recent innovation.
Hospitals across the country are investing in specialty emergency departments as ED visits, the starting point for about half of all hospital admissions, continue to grow despite the dramatic decline in the uninsured rate.
The business of offering consumers virtual visits with physicians is booming even as questions about the quality of care and cost effectiveness of those services remain unresolved.
On his sixth day as the interim CEO of Winston Medical Center, Paul Black was crouched behind a wall in the emergency department, bracing for the impact of a tornado that was barreling toward his hospital campus on the afternoon of April 28, 2014.
Geisinger's second century of innovation: Health system spreading best practices through new company
One hundred years ago, when Abigail Geisinger, the widow of an iron mining magnate, founded the 63-bed George F. Geisinger Memorial Hospital in Danville, Pa., she told the chief surgeon: “Make my hospital right; make it the best.”
The American College of Healthcare Executives gave its highest awards this year to Kevin Lofton, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Englewood, Colo., and Richard Umbdenstock, CEO of the American Hospital Association.
Early in his career, Kevin Lofton's mentor saw more ahead for his young hospital executive protégé than Lofton imagined for himself.
For nine years, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, eastern New Orleans was without a hospital. In July 2014, New Orleans East Hospital, an 80-bed public facility, opened its doors, returning medical care and jobs to a community in need of both.
Sister Carol Keehan, CEO of the Catholic Health Association, recalls how hard American Hospital Association CEO Richard Umbdenstock worked behind the scenes to develop a unified hospital industry response in support of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform effort.
Facing greater financial incentives to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital, some health systems and health plans have hired community health workers to improve care delivery and address the multiple social factors that can affect health.
These days, older patients may find they are navigating a minefield in hospitals and other medical facilities that have been designed to be friendly to healthcare workers but not seniors.