Kentucky’s Methodist Hospital has spent the last few years working to ensure it has the infrastructure, financial resources and medical professionals needed to provide world-class care in its communities. Now as it prepares for a period of reform, the hospital is hard at work to be ready for the shift away from corrective medicine to preventive care and wellness. Methodist Hospital is a 209-bed, licensed facility. It also operates a critical access hospital 30 miles from its main campus. Counting all physicians and staff, the hospital employs about 1,200 people, including 26 physicians who are directly employed by the hospital. 

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Its staff of more than 1,300 performs many different tasks for The Medical Center of Plano (TMCP). But all employees share the responsibility of caring for patients. “Our goal is to provide [patients] with superior medical services, comfort and compassionate care to make [their] stay with us pleasant as possible,” TMCP President and CEO Troy A. Villarreal says.

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Since 1995, surgical services and practice management firm Health Inventures Inc. has created high-performing partnerships between hospitals and physicians to help them survive and thrive in the increasingly complex world of healthcare delivery. 

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Every move made at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) is focused on one thing – patient experience. One can argue that every hospital, be it a nonprofit such as GMC or a commercial provider, is focused on that same goal. However, in an ever-changing industry such as healthcare, organizations are susceptible to forget the real task at hand. With this in mind, GMC makes sure that each choice is guided by this overall philosophy.

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In 1991, Tom Moore read an article in Scientific American about the importance of stem cells and tucked it away. A few years later, when Moore was driving his daughter home after her college graduation, they discussed the idea of starting a business together. After some months of work she found that Scientific American article and noted that 20,000 children who needed bone marrow stem cells died each year because bone marrow matches were not available, but umbilical cord blood cells could help eliminate this problem. 

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The workforce at Brookings Health System in Brookings, S.D., benefits from a commitment to technology and efficiency from upper management. However, according to Tammy Hillestad, vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer, it is the personnel’s dedication to quality patient care that separates the regional healthcare facility. “Without a doubt, our success is the result of the commitment of the employees and physicians,” Hillestad says. “We have success with our technology and services because of the commitment of our employees.”

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In 2006, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital opened its state-of-the-art patient care center, a 225,000-square-foot facility that includes the latest in family-centered care. The opening of this new facility served to underscore the hospital’s position in the western Chicago suburbs as  a forward-thinking healthcare facility, a position that dates back to the hospital’s founding in the 1950s. Although the hospital has taken on many forms since then, its dedication to its core mission  has remained constant, it says.

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During its nearly 60 years in business, H. D. Smith has grown from solely serving customers in Illinois’ capital city to servicing more than 3,000 independent retail pharmacies, institutions, durable medical equipment retailers, acute care and alternate site facilities nationwide without losing sight of its founding values.

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