iOS app Android app

Hospitals

Low Health Bills Slow Economy

Jim Jaffe | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

A more efficient health system does augur well for these cities and more than a few others and may cause a revision in the way we plan our economic future. This is not a theoretical issue.

Five Ways Hospitals Prepare For Natural Disasters

Benn Grover | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Benn Grover

We find comfort in knowing hospitals will be there for us when disaster strikes. But what the movies don't show is what it takes to effectively prepare hospitals for those disasters. And being unprepared can have disastrous consequences.

The Generation Y Physician

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

We can only hope that the "giants" of medicine -- once young pioneers themselves in the face of change -- will be kind to us young physicians as we continue to define our unique identity in the face the a seemingly telescopic transformation of the field of medicine.

Missouri Coalition Pushes State to National Leadership on LGBT Health

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

After today you might want to rethink the charms of the Show Me State. For the last year a local coalition has been pushing adoption of LGBT-welcoming policies at hospitals. In this week's release of HRC's Healthcare Equality Index, Missouri zoomed from 37th in the country to sixth in the number of local LGBT leader hospitals.

How Could an ER Miss Ebola? Let Me Explain.

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

The medical pundits are wagging fingers and lecturing everyone about how best to manage this crisis. (Lecturing, that is, from the relative calm and safety of television studios, rather than the in the mind-numbing chaos of the ER.)

Ebola, Other Hospital-Acquired Infections... and Handwashing

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Layla McCay

Improving hand hygiene helps kill many birds with one stone, from Ebola to MRSA, diarrhea, flu, and the common cold -- and it is everybody's business. For Global Handwashing Day 2014, what is your handwashing commitment?

Are Local Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

While theoretically all hospitals should be able to manage an Ebola patient, in practice it is not possible. In my opinion, we cannot train hundreds of hospital staff including doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, and X-ray technician in meticulous isolation procedures.

In the Time of Ebola, We All Need a Little Robot

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Sidonie Sawyer

In San Antonio, Texas, there is a company whose fortune should be rising. This manufacturer develops and sells a machine that cleans infected spaces spot on -- kills all germs on every surface, on contact.

Letting Someone You Love Die: The Irony Behind a Living Will

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Candi K. Cann

In the end, living wills are a gift -- to yourself and to your family. Because even though I wanted more than anything to leave my mother on life support, I knew that by taking her off of it, I was supporting her vision of life, and helping her control how she died.

How to Check Up on Your Hospital

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you recommend for researching hospitals? I need to get a knee replacement next year, and want to find a good, ...

Hospitals Need to Teach Their Staff Hospitality

Eric J. Hall | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While health,care and hospitality today are different businesses, they are the same in that both are about caring for people who come to you for a service. There are still vast differences, however, in how they approach that service.

The Appropriate Role of the Hospital

Saquib Rahim | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Hospitals are often the most convenient setting for patients to receive care. Unfortunately, hospitals also are by far the highest cost setting. Curre...

Jeffrey Young

Big Pharma's Money Ties To Doctors Revealed. Kind Of

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business

The Obama administration unveiled a website Tuesday that will shed some much-needed light on Big Pharma's relationship with doctors. Just not quite to...

ER May Reveal Basic Problems in Hospitals

Frank A. Weil | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

Simple common sense, coupled with organized thinking, ought to be able to produce better medical benefits and patient care at substantially lower costs.

Headed to the Hospital? 5 Things to Know Before You Go

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Hospitals should be places of safe health care delivery and recovery from acute or chronic illness. You should also be a smart patient. Take inventory of your kidney health prior to coming to the hospital and share these answers with your health care practitioner so that they are reflected in your medical records.

Hospital Executives Beware: Impatient Patients Are Taking Charge

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Without a change in course, hospital executives are danger of going the way of the railroads -- this industry held an unquestioned monopoly... until it didn't. If executives don't adapt to the new realities of health care, they too could wake up one day to find that they've become obsolete.

Melissa Rivers' Courageous Decision

David Kessler | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
David Kessler

I've helped thousands of people with end-of-life decisions and I can tell you that the process is beyond stressful. It's extremely confusing and it's racked with guilt. As we mourn the death of Joan Rivers, here is what we can learn from her daughter's brave decision.

Empathy Needs to Be Part of the Medical Treatment

Eric J. Hall | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

He was getting first rate medical care but he was not feeling cared for. What seems to be missing in this scenario is empathy, the ability to recognize emotions being experienced by another.

A Benefit Corporation Steps Up to Purchase a Chicago Hospital

Christine C. Franklin | Posted 10.05.2014 | Chicago
Christine C. Franklin

Community First Healthcare of Illinois ("Community First"), an Illinois benefit corporation, recently announced plans to purchase Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center (formerly Northwest Hospital) in Chicago from Presence Health.

Shopping for Your Health Care: Can You Tell if the Price Is Right?

Joshua Liao | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Joshua Liao

I believe in a tomorrow with more transparency and greater consumer awareness; one with troves of information at our fingertips; one where we can make health decisions with our eyes open. So for all of their limitations, the most recent Medicare releases are steps in the right direction.

And Access for All: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.19.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week in Daily Giving, we continue making two seed grants every day to social change visionaries around the world. Please join us as a member of ...

It Is So Obvious That You Work the Hospital Night-Shift

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

When we secretly identified your friendship with phrases such as "small doses" and "could go either way," we certainly did not imply a willingness to rid you from our circle of friends, only to see you figuratively and literally slip into the night.

Some Smart Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Eric J. Hall | Posted 09.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

If you have ever been hospitalized you know how many health care professionals -- doctors, nurses, technicians, therapists on several shifts -- come into your room to talk with you. You have little time t o learn their names or understand their roles, let alone what they are telling you about your condition.

What Keeps the CEO of the Nation's Largest Pediatric Hospital up at Night?

Mark A. Wallace | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Mark A. Wallace

A lot of CEOs in health care worry constantly about changing reimbursement models or the impact of new health care laws. While there's no disputing that these have a great potential to influence the way we provide care, it's not what occupies my thoughts.

Biblical Hospital Advertising: Message of Hope or Despair?

Maria Mayo | Posted 08.29.2014 | Religion
Maria Mayo

"At times of great spiritual anguish for patients and families, I find it completely inappropriate that the hospital that is charged with their care would make promises about God they simply cannot keep"