When a patient walks into a Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA) facility, that person is entering a world that is the polar opposite of what’s happening inside his or her body. Cancerous cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, starting in one area and possibly spreading to other areas. It’s a chaos that the patient alone has little power to control. Cancer Treatment Centers of America, however, provides the medical resources and support that empowers patients as it seeks to halt the chaos wreaking havoc on their bodies.

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Providing exemplary emergency room care is a critical necessity for a modern hospital, and Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) in Louisiana is engaged in an ongoing program to provide that care along with all the latest technological developments in medicine and surgery. It will expand its emergency room by approximately 17,976 square feet and renovate the existing emergency room by 2014.

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Fairfield Medical Center is firmly established as part of the community it has served in Lancaster, Ohio, for nearly 100 years. “That is what has been key [to our success],” COO Howard Sniderman says. “We take care of our friends, our neighbors and our relatives.”

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There are insurance firms that focus on multiple markets, but Pharmacists Mutual Companies (PMC) stays successful by serving only a handful of specific healthcare niches, President and CEO Edward J. Yorty says. “The healthcare market is so dynamic,” he states. “It’s constantly changing [and adds excitement] to the business environment.”

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In an era of changing Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, many hospitals have had to make strategic decisions that will allow them to provide quality care while balancing their budgets. For Hocking Valley Community Hospital (HVCH) in Logan, Ohio, the changing nature of healthcare led the hospital to close its skilled nursing facility (SNF) for long-term care patients.

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More than a generation ago, the corner drugstore was a fixture of practically every community in America, and the majority of them were independently owned and operated. Times have changed, and today independent pharmacies face competition not only from national drugstore chains but also from big-box stores that feature pharmacies as one of their many departments and insurance plans that have forced many patients and their prescriptions to mail order facilities. It might sound as if there’s no room for the independents in today’s market, but since 1937 those East Coast pharmacies have had an ally in the form of Value Drug Co.

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When Paul Stewart arrived in Klamath Falls, Ore., in 1986 to take an operational position with what is now Sky Lakes Medical Center, he thought he would stay for a few years and then move back to his home state of Utah. Twenty-six years later, after being named president and CEO in 1992, he calls this town home and is more dedicated than ever to offering excellent patient care in all areas at the at the medical center.

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Award-winning hospitals and medical centers become well known for the level of care they provide. Their programs are consistently ranked high in their communities, they make improvements to their facilities and enhance the services they provide in an effort to increase the level of care even further. But when the economy slows and bottom lines start to shrink, these same healthcare centers must determine how to maintain their reputations for quality care with less money. For Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) in Staten Island, N.Y., the solution to this challenge was found in a major partnership along with a continued focus on being a valuable healthcare resource for its community.

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