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DNV setting new standard

By Jean DerGurahian  |  October 27, 2008

West Shore Medical Center doesn’t look like an automaker but it runs its operations the way a manufacturing plant might.

Not doing so well (Part 1)

By Rebecca Vesely  |  October 27, 2008

A midsize paper-supply company offers three extra vacation days to employees at whichever of its branches collectively loses the most weight in seven weeks. Workers at one branch in Scranton, Pa., take extreme measures to win the contest. One eats only grilled chicken breast and diet soda, another...

Late News

Late News

October 27, 2008

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center laid off 500 workers, joining other healthcare systems that are adjusting to recent economic discomfort. “These are difficult times, and we need to remain strong,” said UPMC spokesman Frank Raczkiewicz. “We are reducing our workforce by 1%, or 500...

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DNV setting new standard

By Jean DerGurahian  |  October 27, 2008

West Shore Medical Center doesn’t look like an automaker but it runs its operations the way a manufacturing plant might.

Focusing on the patient

By Jean DerGurahian  |  October 27, 2008

While accrediting organizations look at different ways to ensure hospitals are complying with Medicare regulations, a comprehensive approach to hospital quality and safety must include patient-centered care, according to executives.

Features

Back to the future

By Gregg Blesch  |  October 27, 2008

Leaders at Bell Hospital in Ishpeming, Mich., concluded in the early 1990s it was time to replace or overhaul their vintage building, built in 1917. At the same time, they determined there was no way the hospital could come up with the money to do it. With a new hospital that opened last month, the...

Special Feature

Best Places to Work: Life at the top

By Ed Finkel  |  October 27, 2008

A challenging but realistic workload, a sympathetic and motivational supervisor, a strong team atmosphere, decent working conditions, above-average pay and benefits—most employees share the same list of desires when it comes to finding a job, perhaps in a different order depending on their...

Best Places to Work: Focusing on the basics

October 27, 2008

Hospital officials say a favorable staff-to-patient ratio, friendly, team-oriented culture, a transparent and accessible leadership group, and a strong investment in employee development are among the keys to recruitment and retention for Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital, which is first on the list of...

Best Places to Work: Doing as they say

October 27, 2008

FGP International should have a pretty solid notion of what makes a great workplace: the company’s business centers on recruiting candidates for executive positions in a variety of industries, including healthcare. And 57-employee FGP makes good on that intuition, placing third in the overall Best...

Best Places to Work: Survey says ...

October 27, 2008

Amerigroup offers employees some nice extras, including a 529 college savings plan, the possibility of telecommuting and pretax flexible spending accounts for healthcare and child care. But Jim Carlson, Amerigroup’s president and chief executive officer, believes his organization’s central appeal...

Special Report

Not doing so well (Part 1)

By Rebecca Vesely  |  October 27, 2008

A midsize paper-supply company offers three extra vacation days to employees at whichever of its branches collectively loses the most weight in seven weeks. Workers at one branch in Scranton, Pa., take extreme measures to win the contest. One eats only grilled chicken breast and diet soda, another...

Editorial

Disrupting the disrupters

By David Burda  |  October 27, 2008

There are just some people who should not be allowed to manage others. That’s my take-away from an educational session I attended last week at the Medical Group Management Association’s annual conference in San Diego. The session was called, “The Disruptive Physician: A Hidden Threat to...

Guest Commentary

Toeing the line

By Susan Chimonas, Lisa Patterson and David Rothman  |  October 27, 2008

Ties between healthcare organizations and drug and device companies are under unprecedented scrutiny. Almost every week, a major news story appears on a glaring conflict of interest that affects patient care. Policymakers are probing the influence of industry marketing on the practice of medicine...

Letters

Readers sound off on ICD-10

October 27, 2008

I read with great interest the Oct. 13 commentary “Now’s the time for ICD-10” (p. 22) by my friend and colleague Linda Kloss, chief executive officer of the American Health Information Management Association. We share many of the same viewpoints on this complex issue—the belief that, once fully...

News Makers

On the Move

October 27, 2008

Maulik Joshi was named the next president of the American Hospital Association’s research affiliate, the Health Research and Educational Trust. Joshi, 40, also becomes senior vice president for research at the AHA, with the new role beginning sometime in November. He takes the place of...

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