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Hospitals are economic engines

By AHA STAT Staff
February 1, 2017

Hospitals’ contribution to their communities extends far beyond their role as health care cornerstones. As the most recent update of our annual report on hospitals’ economic impact makes clear, they also are economic anchors, providing the stability and growth that contributes greatly to the financial health of the communities they serve.

The health care field has traditionally been an economic lynchpin for the nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that health... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, workforce

Come to the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

By AHA STAT Staff
January 24, 2017

Rural hospitals are their community’s anchor. By providing 24/7 care, essential public services and access to primary care for the 57 million people that live in rural America, these hospitals are vitally important. But the challenges they face have never been bigger.

They include the move to value-based reimbursement, declining populations; aging infrastructure and difficulties in recruiting medical staff to serve in small towns.

How rural hospitals can meet those challenges as... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: rural, access, leadership

Community service

By AHA STAT Staff
January 19, 2017

Ken Fawcett, M.D., Spectrum Health’s vice president of Healthier Communities in Grand Rapids, Mich., knows what it takes to build healthier communities. Healthier Communities’ outreach to Western Michigan’s underserved residents is why Spectrum Health has received the 2016 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service. The AHA will present the award to Spectrum Health May 9 at the association’s annual membership meeting in Washington, D.C.

Through the years, Spectrum... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, access

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

By Rick Pollack
December 21, 2016

Go to your local hospital, and you’ll see the women and men who work there filled with compassion for those under their care. You’ll see them brighten the day of someone in need with the smallest gesture. And you’ll see them strive to give their patients just a little bit more—a little more health and wellness to enrich their lives, or a little more time with loved ones and family. In other words, the women and men of America’s hospitals embody the spirit of the holiday season. And... read more

Topic: Community Health

New Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care in Vulnerable Communities

By Rick Pollack
December 2, 2016

Hospitals serve as essential access points for people from all walks of life to get the care they need. Usually, when we need our local hospital, our local hospital is there—whether it is for emergency care, home health care or all services in between. But one in three hospitals in America is fighting to survive, putting many vulnerable communities at risk of losing their access to local health care services. Rural hospitals may struggle due to their remote location, workforce... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Redefining the H, access

United Against the Flu

By Rick Pollack
November 23, 2016

Millions of Americans are preparing to give thanks and celebrate Thanksgiving with their friends and loved ones. America’s hospitals also are preparing, but for a different reason. Flu season is upon us. We again are organizing the United Against the Flu Campaign – a collaborative effort by several national health care organizations to amplify the importance of getting vaccinated during flu season. The online hub, www.advancinghealthinamerica.org/flu, provides information and... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: patient safety, Community health

Proud to count veterans among our ranks

By AHA STAT Staff
November 11, 2016

It makes sense that Election Day and Veterans Day fall so close to one another on the calendar, given that one of our most fundamental American rights – the right to vote and elect our leaders – has been secured for us by the courageous service of our veterans. You can show your deep appreciation for those who have worn the uniform and those who continue to serve the country on our behalf by hiring veterans. They deserve respect for the knowledge and skills gained during their... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, workforce

Going for the Gold

By Rick Pollack
August 12, 2016

Olympic athletes have natural talent, dedication and drive – and every four years their skills are on display for all the world to see. Every day, Olympic-sized talent, dedication and drive are on display at hospitals across America. We celebrated our hospital Olympians for their inspiring work at our recent Leadership Summit. Circle of Life Award recipients Bon Secours Palliative Medicine, the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence at UW Medicine and Susquehanna Health... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tag: awards

Honoring volunteers

By AHA STAT Staff
August 9, 2016

Are your hospital’s volunteers teaming up with others in your community to help the people you serve become healthier? Are they working to enhance the public’s trust and confidence in your hospital? Are they taking on a major health problem and helping those who suffer regain their normal lives? Are they involved in getting primary or preventative care to people who would otherwise be left behind?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes or if your volunteers have something... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: awards

Zika: Hospitals at the Ready

By Rick Pollack
August 5, 2016

Readiness is a daily reality for America’s hospitals. Today, that reality is being tested by a new foe. Health care providers in Puerto Rico have been battling Zika virus for months and now it has reached the continental U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting a small cluster of locally acquired cases in the Miami area. Information is the greatest weapon we have in fighting infectious diseases and responding to emergencies of all kind. And hospitals have... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tag: Zika
 

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