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Own Your Success: Reflections from an Essential Women’s Leadership Academy Alumna

Emily Schweich

Leslie Safier, MPH, reflects on setting intentional career goals and joining other program alumnae for a presentation on gender inequity at VITAL2019.

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2019 State Health Policy Priorities

With expected gridlock between our new divided Congress, states could be the ones to drive major health policy activity in 2019.

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We Need to Talk … About Cost

America’s Essential Hospitals, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has launched an online library of resources to help essential hospitals better communicate about cost of care.

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Helping Women Leaders Thrive at Essential Hospitals

Emily Schweich

Four health care leaders shared strategies for supporting women leaders in the workplace at the Essential Women’s Leadership Academy closing panel.

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Inaugural Hackathon Tackles Health Equity Challenges

Dayna Clark

Coders, game designers, and data professionals joined health economists and health policy experts to create data-driven solutions for health care inequities during the inaugural National Health Equity Hackathon.

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Looking Ahead: 3 Reasons You Can’t Miss VITAL2019

Kimberly Green

From energizing hallway conversations to inspiring award presentations, hear what makes VITAL a conference you can’t miss.

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Clinical Leadership: 3 Key Insights from VITAL2018

Kimberly Green

Several presentations on clinical leadership at VITAL2018, our annual meeting, highlighted key insights for clinical leaders at essential hospitals.

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Executive Leadership: 3 Key Insights from VITAL2018

Kimberly Green

Strong leadership can transform the culture of an organization and make it more efficient. Hear three key takeaways for executive leaders from VITAL2018, the association’s annual meeting.

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Essential Hospital Launches Mobile ED

Michelle Rosenfeld

Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta, deployed the state-of-the-art mobile medical unit in an effort to free up hospital emergency department space for acute-care patients as flu season heats up.

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Association Remembers Former Board Chair Elliott Roberts

Roberts held several leadership roles at essential hospitals during his career, including at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and NYC Health + Hospitals’ Harlem Hospital Center.

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HRSA Recognizes Essential Hospitals for Organ Donation Outreach

Michelle Rosenfeld

Eighty essential hospitals received recognition for their organ, eye, and tissue donation and registration efforts between October 2016 and April 2017.

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Essential Hospitals Continue To Lead Fight Against HIV

Michelle Rosenfeld

As National HIV Testing Day approaches, we call to mind the work our members have done, and continue to do each day, to fight this debilitating disease.

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Celebrating National Women’s Health Week

UTMB and other essential hospitals across the country encourage women to make their health a priority.

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Maternal Mortality: A Complicated and Pressing Health Issue

Madeline White

The United States has one of the highest rates of pregnancy-related deaths in the world, and essential hospitals have a pivotal role in helping to reduce it.

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New Parkland Clinic Will Continue Ron Anderson’s Legacy

Michelle Rosenfeld

The new 227,420-square-foot clinic will build on the former CEO’s vision of ensuring health care for the most vulnerable among us.

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The Importance of Antibiotic Stewardship at Essential Hospitals

Monika Joshi

Jennifer Pisano, associate medical director of The University of Chicago Medicine’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, discusses proper use of antibiotics.

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Antibiotic Resistance: The Biggest Health Threat of Our Time

Matthew Buechner

If left unchecked, antibiotic-resistant infections will kill 10 million people a year and cost the worldwide economy $100 trillion by 2050.

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Parkland, UNM on Preventing and Caring for Sepsis

Monika Joshi

For Sepsis Awareness Month, in September, we spoke to experts at two member hospitals, Parkland Health & Hospital System and UNM Health Sciences Center, about their efforts to prevent and care for sepsis.

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Association Remembers Former Board Chair Howard Cohen

Cohen, a former hospital administrator at NYC Health + Hospitals and America’s Essential Hospitals board chair in 1995, died Sept. 24 at age 80.

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Taking a Stand to Prevent Falls in Elderly Patients

Monika Joshi

Recognizing the opportunity for improvement in geriatrics care, association members NuHealth and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital have made falls prevention a priority.

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Author Discusses Continued Importance of Essential Hospitals

Michelle Rosenfeld

Essential hospitals strive every day to close the health care equity gap and provide quality care to all, including the most vulnerable. A new book, A Spirit of Charity, highlights the important role these hospitals play in the United States health care system. In the book, Mike King, a reporter for nearly 40 years, profiles

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New Book Highlights Essential Hospitals’ Role in U.S. Health Care System

Michelle Rosenfeld

Public hospitals have always played an important role in the United States health care system and their contributions are emphasized in a new book, A Spirit of Charity. In the book, Mike King, a reporter for nearly 40 years, profiles three members of America’s Essential Hospitals — Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Parkland Memorial Hospital

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Heart Racing this Valentine’s Day? There’s an ICD-10 Code for that.

Michelle Rosenfeld

Flowers, jewelry, heart-shaped cookies — all of these things are associated with Valentine’s Day. But they also could land you in the hospital. After several delays, the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) went into effect in October 2015 and essential hospitals are ready to use the codes this weekend to diagnose your Valentine’s

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