Category: Clinical Services

A CEO Checklist for High-Value Healthcare

Today, I am pleased to announce the release of a checklist created by senior leaders and CEO’s from 11 health systems, including HCA—under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine (IOM)—to promote high-value healthcare. The CEO Checklist for High-Value Health Care provides ten strategies to help hospitals reduce waste and improve patient outcomes, and we are honored to be a contributor. The creation of the checklist comes during an important time for healthcare. Increasingly, those who purchase healthcare are seeking providers that deliver high-value care, and we at HCA understand that there’s a business case for providing high quality, efficient care.… Read more.

Patient Safety Congress is Next Week – Are You Going?

For the past 14 years the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has hosted the Patient Safety Congress in Washington, D.C. This year’s meeting is next week, May 23 – 25. The theme is Patient Safety 365: Every day, every patient. HCA will be presenting at this event and I’m privileged to be one of three co-chairs. The Patient Safety Congress provides a chance to exchange ideas with patient safety experts and practitioners from around the globe. I recently corresponded via email with the president of NPSF, Diane Pinakiewicz, who echoed this sentiment: “One of the most exciting aspects of Congress… Read more.

Infant Immunizations Give Us the Power to Protect Our Children

Since 1994, National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) has presented the important public health message that it is our duty to protect infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year, NIIW will be observed April 21-28. It’s a time to celebrate the achievements of America’s many immunization programs and the partnerships that help protect and promote healthy communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 14 diseases that are vaccine-preventable: mumps, measles, rubella (MMR), pertussis (whooping cough), chickenpox, tetanus, poliomyelitis (polio), diphtheria, hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenzae Type B infection or Hib, (a bacterial illness that can lead to… Read more.

Happy Doctors’ Day! Infographic

March 30 is Doctors’ Day. It is a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve their patients and communities. We wish every doctor today a very happy Doctors’ Day and have put together the infographic below to highlight some of the characteristics of a great doctor. We’ve also provided a bit of history around the profession and why March 30 was selected as Doctors’ Day. Check out some of our other infographics: Kicking off Patient Safety Awareness Week Know the Facts About Heart Disease

Can Access to an EKG on Your Phone, Save a Life?

Recently we announced a collaboration with and financial investment in AirStrip Technologies and their mobile patient monitoring software. Technologies like this, give physicians the ability to check important patient information through their mobile device allowing care decisions to be made much faster. My colleague, Bill, spoke about the concept of smartphones in healthcare a few months ago. And last month, I talked about direct communication between a physician and patient via email, text, Facebook, etc… Today, in light of this recent announcement, I want to dive deeper into the idea of remotely delivering real time healthcare information about a patient… Read more.

Patient Safety Podcast – HCA and NPSF Discussion

Yesterday, we talked broadly about Patient Safety Awareness Week in order to provide more context around the movement. Today, we’re going to go a little deeper. Recently, I sat down with HCA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Perlin and the President of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Diane Pinakiewicz to discuss patient safety. I wanted to hear their thoughts on how far we’ve come, what’s on the horizon and the roles that both patients and their providers (nurses and doctors) play in improving patient safety. We recorded the conversation and separated the audio by each question, below. This is a great discussion… Read more.

Replacing a Heart Valve through the Leg

What if you could replace a heart valve through a small incision in the leg? Aortic valve replacement surgery often requires opening the chest to expose the valve that needs to be replaced due to narrowing of the aorta (Aortic Stenosis). 300,000 people in the U.S. have Aortic Stenosis and 100,000 of those are not candidates for open heart surgery. So their options were few and their prognosis grim. But thanks to a new procedure, called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) there is hope. TAVR allows a surgeon to replace the aortic valve by inserting a catheter to open the… Read more.

When is Full Term “Full Term” in a Pregnancy?

This past Wednesday, in Washington, D.C., HCA was recognized at a press conference called by the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services for our work

Know the Facts about Heart Disease

Heart disease remains one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. February is American Heart Month which means it’s a good time to get to know the facts about heart disease. Below is an info-graphic that highlights some statistics that might surprise you. For example, did you know that most heart attacks occur in the morning?

Understanding Newborn Bereavement – Laurie Van Damme Interview

Recent discussion and news coverage about the way presidential candidate Rick Santorum and his family memorialized the short life of their newborn baby several years ago has brought attention to the issue of newborn bereavement and shown that the importance honoring the lives of newborns is not widely understood. Every year there are around 19,000 neonatal deaths (within the first 28 days) in the U.S. Behind each of those deaths is a family trying to make sense out of what happened. Our job as nurses is to help however we can as they grieve their loss. So, to help shed… Read more.

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