Over the years, I've been asked by many readers how MODERN HEALTHCARE stays up on all the news.
First, it takes planning, consistency and a clear understanding of each person's responsibilities. Teamwork and the right mix of experience and energy among members of the editorial staff also are essential.
The assembling of this publication begins each Monday, when the editorial brain trust meets to review the issue that was delivered over the weekend and dated Monday. Then, the editors set the agenda for the next issue, which will be dated the following Monday.
Managing Editor Karen Petitte devises a page-by-page layout grid of the magazine as well as a schedule of stories that will appear after the Week in Healthcare section.
Executive News Editor Neil McLaughlin then previews anticipated news developments from reporters and wire services. The editors also discuss ideas for the editorial and for the cartoon that is created each week by resident artist Roger Schillerstrom. From there, the editorial staff hits the ground running.
News stories are read by McLaughlin and the copy desk, and our graphics staff finds ways to illustrate them with photographs and informative graphics. Headlines are written for the stories, which are then placed on pages, proofread, sent to the printer and, finally, to your front door.
Crain Communications acquired MODERN HEALTHCARE in 1976 with the idea of creating a news vehicle for senior healthcare executives.
Slowly but steadily, MODERN HEALTHCARE began building a reputation as a respected information source. One reason was the decision made before I got here to broaden our coverage beyond hospitals to the entire healthcare industry.
I'll never forget the first day I walked into the MODERN HEALTHCARE newsroom. After working my entire career in the daily newspaper business (Des Moines Register, Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times and Dallas Times Herald), I was entering the mysterious world of trade magazine editing.
In 1986, the challenge of change was everywhere. Executive turnover was rampant, medical costs were skyrocketing, competition was stifling, the government's role in healthcare was evolving rapidly, and a bogeyman named managed care was lurking around the corner.
When I arrived, there were five other editors, an art director and nine reporters putting out the biweekly publication. This 16-person editorial team ran lean and mean, but its hard work and dedication helped build the foundation for today's MODERN HEALTHCARE.
Ten years later, I'm still at it. Our staff has grown to 28, and the publication's frequency is now weekly. But it's not so much the number of issues that keeps us busy as it is the cascading current of change in today's topsy-turvy healthcare environment.
The content of this magazine depends on a hardworking reporting staff, which must juggle work on longer stories and primary news coverage. Most of our staff members have solid credentials in financial and/or healthcare journalism that have prepared them for their challenging posts.
The reporters are assigned subject and geographic beats. The subject stories are their top priority, while they are expected to provide routine spot news coverage involving their assigned states.
Here's who they are:
David Burda covers labor and legal affairs and coordinates regional coverage and commentaries from outside contributors. He also handles North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. He's been with MODERN HEALTHCARE since 1987.
Jonathan Gardner, who joined our staff in 1994 as a Washington reporter, covers Medicare Part B issues, military hospitals and veterans healthcare. He also covers Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Jay Greene mans our Sarasota-based Florida bureau. He covers multihospital systems, not-for-profit hospitals and governance issues. He's been with the magazine since 1987 and also is responsible for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.
Rebecca Grzywacz is the editorial assistant and also handles the popular People and Career Opportunities sections. She's a newcomer to our staff.
Mary Chris Jaklevic covers medical groups and marketing. Her assigned states are Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota. She joined us in 1994.
Bruce Japsen follows rural hospitals, academic medical centers, public health issues, religious healthcare and risk management. He also handles Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska. He came on board in 1993.
Louise Kertesz is the Los Angeles bureau chief. She covers managed-care and payer issues, as well as Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. She has been with the magazine since 1994.
J. Duncan Moore Jr. covers physicians, human resources, public hospitals, contract management and the American Medical Association. He also is responsible for spot news in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. He joined the staff in 1995.
John Morrissey is our information systems specialist. In addition, he reports on Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. He's been with the magazine since 1987.
Karen Pallarito, the New York bureau chief, covers healthcare financial issues and the bond market. Her Eastern coverage includes Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. She came to MODERN HEALTHCARE* in 1989.
Claudia Pinto is our survey editor and covers design, construction and facilities management. She also follows news in Delaware and Wyoming. She's been on the staff since 1994.
Lisa Scott follows medical technology, purchasing and materials management. Her assigned states are Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin. She joined our staff in 1991.
Charlotte Snow covers ambulatory and post-acute care. She also follows Arizona, Montana, Nevada and Utah. She was hired in 1995.
Washington Bureau Chief Eric Weissenstein covers Medicare Part A issues and healthcare policy. He joined the magazine in 1991.
Individually, every member of our editorial staff is an excellent journalist. Collectively, they possess the right stuff. It's a pleasure to work with them and for you.