Modern Healthcare last week received two prestigious journalism awards for its editorial coverage.
American Business Media, the trade group representing business publishers, recognized Modern Healthcare and Assistant Managing Editor Todd Sloane with its Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for staff-written editorials or opinion columns. Known as the Pulitzer Prize of business journalism, the Neal Award is the business publishing industry's salute to individual editors for outstanding editorial excellence. Sloane was honored for a series of editorials on rising healthcare costs, which the Neal judges described as "smart, topical and well-argued," and "filled with understandable urgency." Modern Healthcare and Sloane received the recognition at an awards ceremony on March 16 in New York.
Separately, Modern Healthcare and former reporter John Morrissey received a Journalism Award of Excellence from the American College of Emergency Physicians. The Washington-based ACEP recognizes significant contributions made by members of the news media who cover emergency medicine issues. Morrissey, who left the editorial staff in February to join the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, was honored for his Feb. 9, 2004, cover story, "Volume Control." The piece detailed a failed attempt by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations to make hospitals more accountable for emergency room overcrowding. The ACEP will bestow the honor on Modern Healthcare at an awards ceremony in Washington on April 19.
On behalf of our readers, who deal with such issues as rising costs and emergency care on a daily basis, Modern Healthcare is pleased to accept the awards. They are just two more reasons why Modern Healthcare is the industry's leading healthcare business publication.