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Improving attitudes toward change

Improving attitudes toward change Deems, Richard S Whether you’re a healthcare CEO, a department head, or a floor nurse, the way you look at change will shape your work. It will, moreover, shape the work of the employees you supervise. Because that’s the case, you might want to keep three basic facts about change in […]

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Improving Care for Immigrants

Improving Care for Immigrants Weiss, Rhoda Rae Million never liked going to the doctor’s office. As an Eastern European immigrant, she worked hard on her language skills, but she was often embarrassed by her broken English. Because so many of her family members had been killed in the Holocaust, she was uncomfortable when the physician […]

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Effective organizations are driven by values: Survey data show that values-driven Catholic health care facilities are effective facilities

Effective organizations are driven by values: Survey data show that values-driven Catholic health care facilities are effective facilities Fassel, Diane Do those ubiquitous value statements hanging on plaques in every hospital lobby have any effect on how the hospital carries out its mission? Are values-driven hospitals better places to work, more productive, more successful, better […]

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Diversity in Multi-Institutional Settings

Diversity in Multi-Institutional Settings Dufault, Sr Karin Diversity has become a vital concern to the Catholic health ministry. In view of that fact, Health Progress is publishing a series of interviews with people who have undertaken significant leadership roles in fostering diversity in their organizations and communities. This interview was conducted by Sr. Karin Dufault, […]

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New Catholic systems, new strategic questions

New Catholic systems, new strategic questions Burik, David Planning Must Now Effectively Integrate Local Efforts with the Ministry as a Whole Until recently, most Catholic systems were a loose network of individual facilities each sponsored by the same religious congregation, which was also the system sponsor. Often, these organizations shared little geographic alignment or market […]

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The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Accommodating Pluralism

The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Accommodating Pluralism Barnard, Dorothy G The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Accommodating Pluralism Daniel Callahan, ed. Georgetown University Press, Washington, D.C., 2002, 208 pp., $44.95, $33.50 (paperback) THIS IS A SMALL BUT MEATY AND provocative book. It gives the reader an overview of the various arguments for […]

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Aging, Spirituality, and Pastoral Care: A Multi-National Perspective

Aging, Spirituality, and Pastoral Care: A Multi-National Perspective Bresnahan, Fr James Aging, Spirituality, and Pastoral Care: A Multi-National Perspective Elizabeth MacKinlay, James W. Ellor, and Stephen Pickard, eds. Haworth Press, Binghamton, NT, 2001, 190 pp., $39.95, $24.95 (paperback) THIS BOOK, WHICH ALSO APPEARED IN 2001 as two consecutive issues of the Journal of Religious Gerontology, […]

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Nine axioms for success in mergers

Nine axioms for success in mergers Arbuckle, Gerald A Health Care Leaders Must Take Great Care with the Cultural Factors Involved There is increasing evidence that cultural [factors are] the single largest cause of lack of projected performance, departure of key executives, and time-consuming conflicts [in mergers]. -Ernst & Young LLP, Mergers and Acquisitions1 Mergers […]

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Recognizing and managing Website risks

Recognizing and managing Website risks Lawry, Thomas C NET GAINS Once upon a time, the Internet was like the American frontier. It provided lots of opportunities with very few restrictions. But today things have changed. The Internet continues to offer great opportunities for health care organizations to connect with consumers and improve operations. There is, […]

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Corporate alternatives to HMOs are on the rise

Corporate alternatives to HMOs are on the rise Facing projected doubledigit increases in health care costs over the next two years, U.S. corporations are grappling with the problem by taking the issue into their own hands. According to the October 23, 2000, issue of Business Week, corporate America is increasingly turning its back on insurers […]