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Leading Retention From the Top

In nearly every conversation I have with leaders, the topic of workforce is top of mind. These concerns are not new—in fact, in 2019 participants in ACHE’s Top Issues Confronting Hospitals survey rated personnel shortages second only to their financial challenges.
Read more from ACHE president/CEO Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE

Pivoting From Physical Therapy

Nichole Wilson, DPT, FACHE, has often been asked what steps she took to successfully pivot from being a practicing physical therapist to a healthcare executive leading multiple business units and divisions. While her path in healthcare leadership was not perfectly planned, there were several things that better positioned her for success and allowed her to avoid being confined solely to the world of physical therapy.
learn 4 tips to help you transition from physical therapist to healthcare executive
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What’s On Your Bookshelf?

Check out this month’s selections for our “What’s On Your Bookshelf?” series from Health Administration Press, the publishing division of the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 
fill your shelves with these must-haves

4 Ways to Harness Hospital Employee Retention

Today, hospitals are faced with even greater struggles as they address daily challenges of finding available capacity for a burgeoning patient population with an increased demand for inpatient healthcare services, combined with an uptick in employee turnover.
unveil the key elements to manage employee retention
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Shh! How Noise-Managed Facilities Improve Patient Care

Most hospital executives probably know that one of the most frequent patient complaints relates to noise. For many years, nationwide, HCAHPS “quiet at night” scores have shown that noise in acute healthcare settings impacts patient satisfaction—and, therefore, your organization’s reputation and reimbursements.
discover how you can directly help manage noise levels

Consumerism and the Empowered Patient Experience

There is a fundamental shift happening in healthcare. Increasingly, patients are becoming active, empowered consumers, shopping for care just like they do for any other good or service.
learn why you should invest in patient engagement
National Hispanic Heritage Month

Inspiring the Next Generation of Latino Leaders in Healthcare

As National Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, I am pleased to have the opportunity to share my unique perspective on how we, as Latino leaders, can mentor, support and inspire future generations in healthcare.
read more from Monica Vargas-Mahar, FACHE
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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Strength, Compassion and Grace: Perspectives on National Hispanic Heritage Month

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which was designed to acknowledge the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the history and culture of the United States, I was inspired to take some time to reflect upon heritage, as well as all the people who have worked hard and made sacrifices to give us the freedom and resources that we enjoy today.  
read more from Astrid Gonzalez Parrilla, OTD, FACHE

Protecting the San Carlos Apache Community During the Pandemic

On May 21, 2020, the San Carlos Apache community in Arizona saw its first patient who tested positive for COVID-19. The tribe was one of the hardest hit in the country with an overall incidence of COVID-19 infections at 30% and the death rate at 1.4% at its peak.
read the story of the San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation’s pandemic response

5 Tips for Transitioning Leaders

Transitioning jobs is not a matter of if, but when, for most healthcare leaders. In today’s work climate it is rare for any professional to stay with one employer for the duration of their entire career, and healthcare is no exception.
explore advice from 5 C-suite healthcare leaders

Top Five Most Popular Healthcare Executive Podcast Episodes

Since the launch of our Healthcare Executive Podcast in early 2019, we have connected with numerous healthcare professionals, innovators and industry leaders from across the country. Here are the top five most popular episodes we’ve released so far in 2021.
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High Reliability Organizations: Balancing Safety and Empathy in Patient Visitation Policies

The pandemic is not over, and issues of workforce shortages, cost escalation, clinical burnout and moral injury are escalating daily. Is it time we look at our past practices and rethink our patient visitation practices that could be reshaped and reimagined to support a culture of high reliability?
learn about advancing empathy policies in healthcare

Meeting the “Twindemic” Challenge with Strategic Leadership

Experts are predicting a “twindemic” of the approaching flu season and a spike in COVID-19 cases. Michael A. Slubowski, FACHE, FACMPE, President/CEO, Trinity Health, discusses his leadership strategies to prepare for this event across 90 hospitals in 25 states.

*Note: Also available on iTunes.

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Main Line Health: 5 Ways to Foster Equity in Patient Safety

Just as safety is one of Main Line Health’s non-negotiable standards, equity is also. They reaffirm and demonstrate their commitment to equity in several ways.
learn to commit to eliminating disparities of care
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Five Ways Simulation Makes You a Better Leader

As the pace of change in healthcare continues to accelerate, leaders must be adept at navigating the changing consumer and regulatory landscapes. To succeed—and to continue advancing in your career—you’ll have to anticipate needs and act quickly and confidently in new situations.
discover how ambitious leaders gain the experience to succeed

Experience the Rich Rewards of a VA Leadership Career

When he left the Air Force, David Perry didn’t know where to go with his career. He didn’t consider a career at the Department of Veterans Affairs, thinking they only hired healthcare professionals. Perry quickly discovered there is a world of opportunities beyond direct patient care in the nation’s largest integrated health system.
discover a world of opportunities beyond direct patient care from the VA
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Operationalizing Data: 3 Steps for Making the Numbers Accessible and Actionable

How do we bridge the gap between the value and need for data with its lack of approachability and accessibility? First, let’s start by clarifying what data is not; data is not everything, it is not a substitute for personal anecdotes, professional experience or earned knowledge and wisdom. 
Read more from Anthony Ashby, FACHE
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Designing for Healthcare Sustainability: A Framework

Traditionally, concepts related to sustainable design focus on the co-existence of both the natural and the built environments, often conjuring up images related to saving our earth: planting trees, building wind farms, collecting pollution from the ocean.
discover how systems sustainability can improve health outcomes

OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

As infection rates have fallen and vaccination rates have increased, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its belated COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard after several states issued their own ETS. 
learn all about the OSHA COVID-19 ETS

Ethical Leadership in Changing Times

The rapid onset, scale and disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has tested healthcare leaders in new ways. We have had to leverage all that we know, while also being agile enough to make decisions at record-breaking speeds—not to mention being mindful of the major impacts on the lives and futures of our patients, loved ones and the workforce, to name a few.
Read more from president/ceo Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE

Boosting Workplace Health and Wellness

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the way we live, work, learn and play. Our new reality as healthcare leaders poses a unique set of challenges as we focus on improving staff wellness while running high reliability organizations. 
Learn the behaviors to practice for better health

Managing Yourself to Better Lead Others

Management may not be as “exciting” as leadership, but without good management, chaos reigns. We need both to be successful at our change efforts.
Learn leadership tips from Jo Anne Preston
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National Safety Month

Safety 101 Syllabus: Lead and Reward a Just Culture

The COVID-19 pandemic created countless challenges for healthcare providers, but some silver-linings-minded leaders believe the health crisis also accelerated innovation in quality and safety.
Recommit to your journey to zero harm

Affirm: An Effort Toward Equitable and Quality Healthcare

Health equity requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments and healthcare.
read more from Ravi Iyengar, MD, and Christopher M. Nolan
National Safety Month

Building Trustworthiness in the Healthcare System Now and in the Future

A vast trove of news articles and academic publications describe the earned distrust of historically marginalized populations in our healthcare system.
discover ways that you can build trust in healthcare

Juneteenth Reflections on the Long Road to Equity

As we commemorate Juneteenth, there are several steps those of us in the field can take to improve health equity for our most vulnerable populations.
read more from Johnathan W. Leonard

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