Jack Bovender graduated from Duke University with a master's degree in hospital administration in 1969, armed with skills in finance, systems organization and strategic planning. But his mother, Eva, a nurse, reminded him that he would need more than business acumen to become an accomplished leader.
Healthcare isn't the only thing provided at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. History is also available in large doses throughout the campus.
From 1988 through 2014, 98 healthcare luminaries were inducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame, housed at the historic Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
The two men Modern Healthcare will induct into its Health Care Hall of Fame this year made their mark in similar ways. They took on unpopular causes whose successful resolution moved their institutions onto a higher plane.
Patient-assistance programs, which often are funded largely by drugmakers, have helped many Americans afford the medications they need. But these programs' ties to pharmaceutical companies carry a high cost for the healthcare system, critics say.
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.