Outsourcing the ED, always a potential solution for hospital executives, is becoming an even bigger business. Venture capital firms and publicly traded companies are attracted to this growing business and are pouring money into outsourcers. There’s good news and bad news associated with this trend. If you’re considering outsourcing ED functions or are looking to change your outsourcing partner, there will likely be more companies interested in bidding on a request for proposals.

Read more: Exact Measures

Like many facilities that care for the infirm, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco has learned from experience how something as simple as getting out of bed can become an ordeal for all involved. Potential problems are several: a fall on the way to the bathroom, for instance, or an injury to a staffer trying to lift a hard-to-move patient. But rather than accept these risks as endemic to the industry, Laguna Honda has joined dozens of other institutions in using design to create safer environments.

Read more: Designed for Health

There’s absolutely no excuse for having marketing that doesn’t work. Unfortunately, most marketing doesn’t work. And the reason is quite simple: the people making the decisions aren’t crystal clear on what their marketing campaigns are supposed to accomplish. Is the goal to make more people aware of the brand, win awards for creativity, or increase revenue? 

Read more: Must Have Marketing

In the mid-1990s, clinical staffers at Wichita Clinic alerted administrators to a growing problem: more and more patients were too large to use conventionally sized equipment. Executives responded with new investments in everything from extra-large seating in the waiting room to 700-pound capacity scales built directly into floors. Today, Wichita Clinic has no trouble accommodating a patient population that reflects national trends toward increasing obesity, according to Gary Bue, director of clinical operations. And administrators seldom hear complaints about Wichita Clinic’s 13 facilities in the Wichita, Kan. area from obese patients—or from those who care for them.

Read more: Better Accomodations

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