Congress passes a massive economic stimulus plan with major implications for the healthcare industry.
If that wasn't exciting enough, we suffered from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and from the H1N1 flu pandemic. And there were plagues of patient data breaches and overexposure to radiation.
Despite all the anxiety, healthcare shone as the economic star of the Great Recession. While the country shed nearly 8 million jobs during the plunge, employment at hospitals and other healthcare facilities actually grew. Hospital construction remained strong, and access to credit began to thaw as the year progressed.
How can we top this next year?
In the following articles, we recount some of the highlights of an extraordinary 12 months. —