The population of Wyoming is the fourth-fastest-growing in the nation, primarily due to increased employment in the oil and gas industry, as well as a related spike in the construction market. But people also are attracted to the state’s high plains, the eastern ridges of the Rocky Mountains and gorgeous panoramic views. Two years ago, when Gerard Klein was asked to accept the position of CEO at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (MHSC), Wyo., he was well aware of the area’s natural attributes, but he was more interested in what the small but growing hospital had to offer, as well as its potential.

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Every community needs its own hospital to ensure that its residents remain in good health despite being far from a major metropolis. That’s what Mecosta County, Mich., already has in Mecosta County Medical Center.

In the next few months, the Mecosta County Medical Center will receive an influx of resources and capabilities when it merges with Spectrum Health, one of the top healthcare groups in the United States. The benefits of such a merger are plentiful, including offering patients access to more care services and capabilities through the center’s new parent company.

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The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans has long been recognized within the state as a “safety net” provider of health services to the uninsured and underinsured. The Center, which has historically offered services through public teaching hospitals in New Orleans and elsewhere in the state, wants to show the public it provides world-class healthcare to all of Louisiana’s citizens, not just  those most in need.

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For more than 45 years, Lincoln Park Healthcare has continually endeavored to improve its level of patient care. Creating an atmosphere of growth, trust and comfort – for both guests and employees – the organization has attained new heights in patient comfort and healing.

The firm runs the Lincoln Park Renaissance Rehab & Nursing Center and the Lincoln Park Care Center in New Jersey. The Renaissance center provides short-term rehabilitation, and subacute, long-term and dementia care. The Care Center offers subacute services, long-term care and short-term rehabilitation geared toward the special needs of cognitively impaired residents who require behavioral management, particularly in the geriatric-psychosocial sphere.

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La Maestra Community Health Centers has unique origins. The organization can trace its roots to the creation in 1986 of the La Maestra Amnesty Center, a nonprofit citizenship center for the amnesty of refugees and immigrants from more than 30 countries who settled in San Diego. After offering services such as ESL and civics classes and vocational training, it became clear that healthcare services were another area where La Maestra could serve. Thus, La Maestra Community Health Centers began operations in 1990.

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As a healthcare provider in New Hampshire, Home Health and Hospice Care (HHHC) knows what it means to do more with less. The state, which collects no sales or income tax – limiting its funding for HOMEcare reimbursement programs in general – ranks 50th in the nation for Medicaid reimbursement to homecare agencies.

“Medicaid reimbursement is our biggest challenge; reimbursement continues to be ratcheted back by both the federal government and the state,” says Dr. Karen Baranowski, president and CEO of the Merrimack, N.H.-based organization.  This situation worsened with the onset of the recession in 2008, which forced the organization to take a look at its internal operations.

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After more than 150 years, Elmhurst Hospital Center (EHC) has nurtured an environment where employees trust each other and excel as a team. “Everything we do is done together,” CEO and Executive Director Chris Constantino says. “We understand each other and we understand the roles that we play.”

Based in Queens, N.Y., EHC serves an area of nearly 1 million people in one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse parts of the country. Constantino notes that the hospital’s history goes back to 1834, when it opened as City Hospital on the southern end of Roosevelt Island.

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When it comes to the quality and range of its healthcare services, very little has changed about Denver Health since Dr. Arthur Gonzalez took over as its new CEO.

“My perspective is that of a relative newcomer, but I’ve observed a number of things that have long contributed to our success,” says Gonzalez, who succeeded former CEO and 40-year Denver Health veteran Dr. Patricia Gabow in September 2012. “We have a successful model of integrated care where we have a hospital, community clinics, a health plan and outpatient facilities all under one direction, and a medical, nursing and support staff that has a positive reputation for innovation, research and education.”

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