COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES CEO SURVEY
REVEALS TOP ISSUES CONFRONTING HOSPITALS
December 28, 2004As the healthcare
field continues to change, so do the top issues confronting
hospitals. For the third year in a row, ACHE's "Top Issues
Confronting Hospitals: 2004" survey reveals the issues
of greatest concern for hospital CEOs. The survey asked respondents
to rank the three most pressing issues affecting their hospitals;
within each of the three issues, respondents were also asked
to identify specific areas of concern.
challenges are by far hospital CEOs’ number one most
concerning issue, similar to 2003. This year, 71 percent of
respondents cited financial challenges as one of their top
three concerns, compared with 73 percent in 2003. Among the
other issues, care for the uninsured continued to gain in
importance, with 36 percent of respondents identifying it
as one of their top three challenges, up from 26 percent in
2003. Personnel shortages continued to decline in importance,
moving from 58 percent in 2003 to 33 percent in the 2004 survey.
here for more results from the survey, which was sent
on October 1, 2004, to 922 hospital CEOs, 480 (52 percent)
of whom responded.