Tag: hospital management

Why Hospitals That Do Less Find Success

Why Hospitals That Do Less Find Success

It may sound counterintuitive, but hospitals that reduce the number of healthcare services they provide are better able to sustain long-term success. This doesn’t mean these hospitals don’t add new services, which are imperative to support the community needs. What it means is these hospitals constantly evaluate the profitability of the services they offer against…
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Performance Diagnostic

Performance Diagnostic

In medicine, a clear and accurate diagnosis of an illness is essential to curing the ailment. The same is true for helping a struggling rural or small community hospital return to financial profitability. In many cases, hospital administrators are capable of helping a hospital grow to profitability when they have a clear understanding of the…
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Trusted Brand — Image Matters

Rural Hospitals are a Brand and Image Matters

Community support is important for rural hospitals. To maintain long-term profitability and keep patient volumes up, it is important that community believes in the hospital and trusts its quality of care. The main point here is that perception matters; and in the minds of consumers and patients, perception becomes reality. As a result, it is…
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Fresh coat of paint

A Fresh Coat of Paint Can Go a Long Way

In the restaurant industry, they say, “you eat with your eyes.” When a meal is beautifully presented on a dish, customers believe it will taste better than a meal that is just flung on a plate. This is why plating is a critical element in every cooking competition. What people see matters. The same holds…
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Medical Services

It’s About Services, Services, Services

There is an old adage in the retail business, “It’s about Location, Location, Location”. The point is simple. To succeed in retail, you store has to be in a good location for your customers. For rural hospitals, it’s about Services, Services, Services. The point is just as simple. In order to sustain long-term growth and…
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Medical Staff Have Keys to Success

Rural hospital administrators are similar to founders and owners of entrepreneurial companies. They are responsible for overseeing almost every aspect of the business from operations to finance to marketing to staff management. As a result, hospital administrators spend much of their day putting out fires and organizing their staff. This often creates the situation where…
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Preventative Care concept

Preventative Action can avoid the Emergency

No one likes an emergency. We all like time to think through and fix problems without the pressure of time running out. That often requires preventative action. Most medical emergencies can be avoided in a physical health situation with the set up and following of a preventative care regimen, with the exception of “acts of…
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Kick the tires

Kick the Tires of Your Hospital

Most people take their cars to a mechanic on a regular basis for routine maintenance and preventative checkups. The oil gets changed, fluid added where needed and filters get changed. The mechanic will then walk around and “kick the tires” so to speak. Hospitals and other health care facilities could use the same treatment. Bring…
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Hospital Doctor

Hospital Doctor

Most of us hate going to the doctor. We would rather try to diagnose what is wrong and fix it ourselves, rather than go through the time, hassle and expense of seeing a medical physician. And yet, sometimes seeing the Doctor can help prevent you from getting VERY sick. Bringing in a professional opinion has…
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Turn the Ship

Turn the Ship

Just because a ship is headed in the wrong direction doesn’t mean it’s the captain’s fault. It may be the navigator, or perhaps the crew member who has made the mistake. It may be the outside currents that require a different tack. Making a snap judgement to replace the captain rarely results in a positive…
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