Modern Healthcare Staff
Aurora Aguilar sets the editorial vision for Modern Healthcare. Previously, Aurora led the newsroom at NPR affiliate Chicago Public Media and managed special projects there that concentrated on healthcare policy issues. She was executive producer of the station’s flagship talk show. She produced and edited live election coverage, events, and essays and commentaries written by authors such as John Green and Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Aurora won numerous awards from the Associated Press, National Association of Black Journalists and James Beard Foundation among other organizations. Aurora also reported for the Daily Herald and freelanced for the Chicago Tribune.
There’s no denying that while reimbursement has tightened and costs have gone up, a sizable portion of the industry is doing well. Meanwhile, the average patient, often saddled with debt and increased costs of living, is struggling more each year.
When I first started at Modern Healthcare, the phrase “healthcare is local” was ubiquitous. But the past four years have given us record dealmaking. In an effort to save money, leverage scale or, for some, simply survive, hospitals across the country have merged.
In an era of vertical integration of and external disruption to the industry, it’s not surprising to see an executive leading a department or organization with little to no experience in healthcare. But that wasn’t always the case.
Ascension recently split the title of president and CEO and unified its two-pronged structure. That will result in the upcoming departure of three top executives including Patricia Maryland, who has been at Ascension for 15 years.
John Couris thinks leaders in the healthcare industry should think big or go home. During his first year as CEO of Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital, the region's largest safety-net facility, Couris has given his staff implicit instructions and a road map to be No. 1.
Dr. Rod Hochman in 2012 oversaw the union of Providence and a secular organization, Swedish Health Services. While acknowledging that every deal is different, Hochman says research is key to the sometimes scary move to combine organizations.