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CEO succession planning: Recruiting hospital leaders for the future

Every day, FierceHealthcare could fill its daily newsletter with announcements about CEO resignations and retirements. Just this week, I've read reports that Basil Ariglio has stepped down as...

3 ways to improve communication and care coordination--from the patient and family's perspective

It's easy to write about the importance of effective provider-patient communication and care coordination. How fragmented care causes patients frustration, fear and can lead to readmissions. But...

Disruptive--and dangerous--behavior caught on tape: Time to finally stop misbehaving docs

In all the furor leading up to the Supreme Court's ruling Thursday to uphold federal subsidies, you may have missed a story in FierceHealthcare this week about a lawsuit involving an...

Surgical never events: How to stop these preventable medical errors once and for all

As a longtime healthcare reporter, I am shocked every time I read about a surgeon who operated on the wrong site or wrong patient or accidentally left a surgical instrument inside a patient's...

To take care of patients, first take care of yourself and your staff

My mother is a wise woman, and yet growing up I often ignored her advice because, after all, what could she possibly know that I, as a worldly 18-year-old, didn't already know? Spoiler alert: A...

AHA15: Burwell, Bradley among big names who highlight trends and challenges at annual conference

Many of the biggest names in healthcare attended this week's American Hospital Association (AHA) annual meeting to talk about the accomplishments, political concerns and strategies to overcome...

Advance directives and end-of-life care: The conversation no one wants to have

My husband and I recently attended a funeral that was devoid of anything personal or unique about the deceased's life: Who she was, how her life mattered and how those who loved her will miss...

How Scripps Health CEO Chris Van Gorder engages employees every day

It's not often you come across an executive of a $2.6 billion integrated health system with 14,000 employees who takes the time each morning to exchange pleasantries via email with a unit...

How teamwork, trust and improved communication reduce mistakes in the ER

It's so easy to think you've communicated a message clearly. After all, you understand the instructions, so it only stands to reason that the person receiving them must also understand what...

How nurses can use the past to transform their future

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Those words, by philosopher George Santayana, can apply to many aspects of healthcare, but a new book shows just how much...