Category On The Road

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Feb

Razor Blades, Toothbrushes, and Population Health

I’m confident most of our readers have heard of the Philips Corporation – a gigantic global, publically held company, headquartered in the Netherlands.  In addition to making more light bulbs than any other company on Earth, they are a household name in the personal products field, as they market razor blades and toothbrushes!  What is more »

26
Jan

Report Cards for Quality

That handsome guy on the right is Mr. Scott Becker, former CEO of  Conemaugh Health System and Chair-Elect of the Board of the 1889 Foundation, both in Johnstown, PA.  He was in the audience during my plenary presentation, “Measuring Quality: Do Metrics Really Bring Transformation?” at The Governance Institute’s (TGI) January Leadership Conference in Naples, FL. more »

3
Oct

First in KLAS

Taylor Davis, the Vice President for Strategy and Analysis at KLAS Research in Salt Lake City, is over 6’4” tall, so the sight of me standing next to him is somewhat comical!  Here we are at the 3rd Annual Keystone Conference, a special KLAS invitation-only event, outside Salt Lake City.  The leading healthcare IT vendors more »

15
Sep

A Platinum Anniversary

I recently participated in the 20th Anniversary celebration of Independent Hospital Network (IHN), a consortium of five hospitals spread across four counties in Central Ohio at their celebratory meeting in Columbus.  The IHN is composed of five independent not-for-profit hospitals who realized, more than 20 years ago, that only by standing together can they survive the more »

25
Aug

Summer in Steamboat Springs

I had the good fortune of spending two beautiful summer days meeting with the governance and medical staff of Yampa Valley Medical Center as they contemplate their role in a future characterized by delivering population health. They  recognize that they’re practicing in a state that is, generally speaking, quite healthy.  Picture a cloudless sky, 85°F more »

22
Jul

Dignity Does It

Pictured above is the dynamic, longtime leader of Dignity Health, Mr. Lloyd Dean.  Dignity is one of the largest Catholic Health providers, and also one of the largest not-for-profit delivery systems in the entire country.  Spread out among multiple states, with 39 community-based hospitals, Dignity is a pacesetter, at the national level, in their creation more »

22
Jul

California Dreaming

The address read, “Scenic Drive, Pebble Beach, California,” and when I arrived at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP), nestled along the Pacific Coast, I was not disappointed!  In my 25 years of traveling back and forth across our great country, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a more serene and beautiful hospital more »

8
Jun

Concussion and the Parallel Journey

That’s not the actor Will Smith standing next to me, it is Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life “star” of the movie Concussion.  Dr. Omalu was the dinner speaker at the recent meeting of the Vizient Mid-Atlantic Region leadership in Williamsburg, VA.  His story and the Vizient story share some interesting parallels. Dr. Omalu is a more »

24
May

Arnie’s Army

While I am not a golfer, I have an appreciation for its history and the role that Arnold Palmer continues to play, even into the 21st century.  A native Pennsylvanian, Palmer learned the game from his father (head pro and groundskeeper at LaTrobe Country Club) and is one of the best professional golfers the game more »

5
May

Don’t Mess with Texas

Last week I wrote about the Trivergent MSO in Maryland, (“Canary in the Coal Mine”) and their  overarching structure which associates three distinct community hospital members.  Well, it appears I’ve discovered a trend in the form of the Texas Care Alliance (TCA), headquartered in Dallas.  According to their summary strategic plan, TCA was created in more »

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