Strong rural hospitals require both smart affiliation strategies and federal policies, says LifePoint Health's Bill Carpenter

AHA News

Smart affiliation strategies and smart federal policies will be critical to the survival of many non-urban hospitals, says AHA board member William “Bill” Carpenter III, chairman and CEO of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health – a health care organization that has one of the largest rural footprints in... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: consolidation, mergers, rural, Redefining the H, advocacy, governance, leadership, members, care coordination

Street Medicine makes house calls to homeless

AHA News

Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Street Medicine program includes clinics in a number of area shelters and soup kitchens, a street medicine team, and an inpatient/outpatient consult service that has helped reduce emergency department (ED) visits while increasing the number of... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

Better health through all phases of life

AHA News

Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities Vice President Kenneth Fawcett, M.D., likens the scope of his organization’s community outreach to the “sun passing from horizon to horizon. We offer support to vulnerable populations through all phases of life.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based health system works... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, awards, chronic conditions

Aligning missions to better serve a refugee community

AHA News

Vickery Meadow is a slice of Northeast Dallas known as the “Little United Nations” because it is home to some 25,000 refugees who speak more than 50 languages.

The annual median income is about $22,000, with many residents working several jobs to eke out a living. Large, extended families are crammed... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections

'Cradle to Grave' helps at-risk youth understand gritty reality of gun violence

AHA News

Temple University Hospital wants to slow the rate of Philadelphia street killings by helping teenagers understand the gritty reality of gun violence.

Its “Cradle to Grave” program immerses at-risk youth in the last 15 minutes of the life of a 16-year-old boy named Lamont Adams. In 2004, he was shot 14... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

Vanessa Ervin advocates for better behavioral health care

AHA News

The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

Like hospital and health system leaders across the country, AHA board member Vanessa Ervin has serious concerns about Congress repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without enacting replacement legislation that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Redefining the H, leadership, members, Behavioral health

Unique partnerships help Rodney Nelson bring better care to his rural community

AHA News

Mackinac Straits Health System President and CEO Rodney Nelson is all about finding creative solutions to the challenges facing his organization.

It’s how he transformed a once-struggling critical access hospital and nursing home into a comprehensive rural health system for the people and communities he... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals, awards, leadership

Housing is health care for homeless

AHA News

As an emergency department (ED) physician at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Steven Leffler, M.D., saw firsthand how chronically homeless patients returned again and again to his crowded ED for care.

“We had a hard time discharging people because they didn’t have a place to go,”... read more

Topic: Community Health

Baldrige names two health care organizations as 2016 National Quality Award recipients

AHA News

Each morning Memorial Hermann Sugar Land (Texas) Hospital managers and directors participate in a safety huddle to address any operations concerns or anticipated issues.

It’s part of an organizational culture that fosters workforce engagement, open communication and high performance, and it has helped... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality, patient safety, awards, culture of safety

Helping abused children heal

AHA News

The youngsters enrolled in the preschool program at Cincinnati (Ohio) Children’s Medical Center are not your ordinary kids. Everyone is a victim of serious abuse or neglect.

The Therapeutic Interagency Preschool (TIP) program uses psychiatrists, mental health, speech, and occupational and physical... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: child health, Community health, Community Connections

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