Hospital Report Adds New Data and Emphasizes Patient Safety

The annual “Best Hospitals rankings” from U.S. News features added new data and greater emphasis on patient safety for 2014, according to the new report.

In its 25th edition, patient safety metrics accounted for 10% of each hospital’s overall score, in most specialties — twice as much as in past years. The role of hospital reputation fell 5% in the report, determined through a national survey of medical specialists.

“With an estimated 400,000 deaths occurring in hospitals

NLC Works to Reduce Uninsured Rate of Children and Families by 50%

The National League of Cities awarded grants and technical assistance to eight U.S. cities, helping to implement local outreach efforts to enroll children and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative will help cities implement comprehensive campaigns to enroll children and families in Medicaid and CHIP and reduce the uninsured rate for children and families by 50% in each of the cities, according to

Recruitment Factors to Consider When Employing a Culture of Excellence

Understanding the link between hospitals implementing Lean processes and achieving Magnet® status, along with their values and principles, can help recruiters better initiate best practices in talent management and recruitment.

Known best for its original applications in manufacturing, Lean principles today continue to be successfully applied in other business practices. In healthcare particularly, with developments such as the Affordable Care Act and an increased number of patients seeking services, more hospitals and facilities implement Lean methodologies

ACA Funding of $183.4M Helps Growth in Primary Care

Funding per the Affordable Care Act now helps to expand the growth of primary care services, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced the availability of $100 million in ACA funding to support an estimated 150 new health center sites across the country in 2015, according to a news release. The investment will add to the more than 550 new health center sites that opened in the

New Patient-Centered Medical Home Emphasizes Need for Primary Care Nurses

Effective July 1, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, N.J., now provides education and preventive care under its “patient-centered medical home” initiative, as reported by news.

“The patient-centered medical home is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and communication,” Margaret Drozd, RN, said in a news release. Drozd is a family nurse practitioner and director of Community Mobile Health Services for Saint Peter’s. “Such a model enables us to transform primary

Hospitals Join to Advance Patient Care; Partnership Results in New Facility Name

Aimed to enhance patient care, improve access and lower healthcare costs, Lawrence Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital partnered to benefit community residents, resulting in the renaming of the facilities as NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital.

“The Board of Governors vetted its options and reached the unanimous conclusion that joining forces with NewYork-Presbyterian would bring extraordinary benefit to the communities we serve,” Edward M. Dinan, president and chief executive officer of Lawrence Hospital, said in a news release. “We’re seeing that

Press Release: Receives APEX Award for End of Shift Column


July 1, 2014

HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) — The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence has honored with a 2014 award in the Regular Departments & Columns category for its End of Shift column. Recognizing excellence in publishing, this award lauds the individual contributions of registered nurses who share their personal stories in the column.

Three End of Shift columns that were represented in the awards program and published nationally in

Annual Appreciation Event Draws Chicago Nursing Recruiters

By Natalia Kosk, Content Developer / Photos by John Roszkowski, Greater Chicago Editor

With healthcare as one of the toughest area to source in-demand workers, today’s nursing recruiters must continue to utilize all available resources to place qualified RNs with the top employers across the country looking to hire them. And customer appreciation events are no exception.

At times unexpected, such industry functions can serve as a prime setting to network with colleagues and other recruiters —