Welcome to Modern Healthcare's third annual Survival Guide for Healthcare Executives. This year, we decided to do things a little differently from the previous guides, published in 2003 and 2004. In the past, we had our own staff reporters write the advice columns for our readers on how to best deal with some pressing issues in our readers' daily lives. This year, we decided to let readers do the talking. When it comes to offering personal advice, we thought perhaps it might mean more for that advice to come from a friend.
On the following pages, senior-level healthcare executives offer their peers some common-sense guidance on how to do everything from reporting community benefits to preparing for a surprise inspection from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Some of the topics are very personal, such as how to take early retirement and how to start your own consulting company (when you don't really feel like retiring!).
Executives wrote 11 of the 12 contributions in this issue. Frequent Modern Healthcare contributor Ed Finkel wrote the piece on how to deal with a union's corporate organizing campaign. Executives at Sutter Health, which is the target of a corporate campaign by the Service Employees International Union, preferred not to pen their own thoughts given the sensitivity of the issue.
We're confident you'll find all of the pieces informative, educational and entertaining. And we hope you like hearing from your peers on the topics we've chosen for this year's Survival Guide.
David Burda, editor