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Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 06, 2016

Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.

Screen for depression on admission

Screen for depression on admission

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 30, 2016

Since 2014, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has routinely screened all admitted patients for depression, making it one of the first U.S. hospitals to do so. About 1% of the patients screened are found to be at risk for suicide, which hospital leaders say would have been hard to detect in the past.

Making checklists work: South Carolina's statewide experiment

Making checklists work: South Carolina's statewide experiment

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 23, 2016

South Carolina has become a laboratory to test a more focused approach to surgical checklists. It's a partnership with checklist champion Dr. Atul Gawande and Harvard. Leaders of the project estimate that it could save 500 patient lives a year by averting medical mistakes.

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