Empowering patients against unnecessary care, medical errors proves difficult

Patients have a difficult time overruling their doctors when they believe a procedure is unnecessary or potentially harmful, according to Politico.

Stressed-out nurses complain of long hours, lack of respect

A survey from the Vickie Milazzo Institute in Houston finds many nurses feel stressed out, unsupported by management and overburdened at work.

The 10 top-grossing nonprofit hospitals

UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh leads the list of the top-grossing nonprofit hospitals in the United States in 2014 based on gross revenue, according to a Becker's Hospital Review.

Massachusetts gov signs nurse ratio bill

Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.) Monday signed a bill into law mandating nurse staffing levels in Bay State intensive care units, according to Littler Mendelson.

Physician shortage will only get worse as need for primary care grows

As the demand for primary care increases, the country will experience a massive primary care physician shortage, according to USA Today.

Anesthesia providers need to wash their hands during surgery

Anesthesia providers miss chances to clean their hands during surgical procedures and have low hand-hygiene compliance, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Healthcare delivery needs massive innovation

To improve performances, healthcare providers must innovate the delivery process "on a massive scale," writes author and futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D in an opinion piece in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Baldrige quality standards, investment in Detroit help Henry Ford Health System to top

While the city of Detroit struggled financially over the past decade and sustained a 30 percent population decline, Henry Ford Health System essentially doubled in size when it comes to revenue and staff, winning a Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award in 2011 in the process.

Obama to name former Proctor Gamble CEO as new VA head

President Barack Obama will tap Bob McDonald, retired chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble, as the new secretary of Veterans Affairs to fix the troubled system, according to a CNN report.

Expert: Do away with surgeon general

The position of surgeon general has lost enough of its authority and powers that one expert says it is  time to do away with it,according to MedPageToday.

Oklahoma health system "pays it forward" for tornado-ravaged Mississippi hospital

An Oklahoma hospital and its employees raised nearly 50,000 for a Mississippi facility destroyed by a tornado,  according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Military hospitals lack patient safety standards, unexpected deaths go unchecked

New York Times in-depth investigation called into question patient protection policies at military hospitals across the country, completely separate from the Veterans Affairs hospital system, after it uncovered the facilities failed to look into numerous unexpected patient deaths.

Leading disengaged workers: Have your managers checked out?

I recently attended a gathering with many healthcare professionals and was saddened to hear one of the participants state, "My managers have checked out. They are doing what is minimally required and are biding time until their retirement."

How Chris Van Gorder turned Scripps Health around

The Governance Institute released a new multimedia case study analyzing the leadership decisions Chris Van Gorder made during his 14 years as CEO of Scripps Health in San Diego--and how they helped save the struggling system. 

Pennsylvania hospital groups: Hike cigarette tax to mend healthcare budget

Pennsylvania doctor and hospital groups want a 60-cent cigarette tax increase to bridge the state's healthcare budget gap, according to a blog post on

Bracing for natural disasters through hospital design

As more hospitals adopt environmentally friendly design, new construction projects keep an eye on both environmental impact and resilience to climate change and the extreme weather that comes with it.

5 tips for hospitals in a consumer-driven market

American consumers are increasingly taking more responsibility for healthcare costs, with the Affordable Care Act helping them take a more active role in shopping for their own coverage. To succeed in this patient-centered marketplace, they should adopt five strategies, according to a new report from the American Hospital Association.

Women helm half of Milwaukee's hospitals, bucking the national trend

It's good to be a female healthcare leader in Wisconsin: Half of the hospital CEOs in Milwaukee and its surrounding counties are women, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

10 more notorious healthcare execs

As the leaders of healthcare organizations, executives must set the moral compass at their facilities and inspire their teams to improve quality care in their communities. But some leaders fail miserably in this mission, destroying their hospitals' finances, reputation, and community trust and goodwill.

3 steps to professional success for hospital CEOs in a changing industry

As the healthcare industry moves toward value-based care, hospital CEOs are under more pressure and scrutiny than ever before to deliver effective and financially efficient care, all in the face of the highest CEO turnover of all time. Here are three ways hospital and health system CEOs can ensure professional success in the volatile healthcare industry.