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Three hospital CEOs on the state of health care in NWI

Leaders share common concerns (left to right) Ian McFadden, CEO of Methodist Hospitals; Don Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital; and Gene Diamond, CEO, Northern Indiana Region, of Sisters of St. Francis Health Services discuss area health care at a summit sponsored by BusINess magazine. (Photography by Robert Wray.)

Leaders share common concerns (left to right) Ian McFadden, CEO of Methodist Hospitals; Don Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital; and Gene Diamond, CEO, Northern Indiana Region, of Sisters of St. Francis Health Services discuss area health care at a summit sponsored by BusINess magazine. (Photograph by Robert Wray.)

Hospital CEOs care about the quality of service their hospitals give to patients. Earlier this month, local hospital leaders told The Times’ BusINess and health care advisory boards that they are constantly striving to improve their medical centers. And they worry. A lot.

“Everyone in the community needs to know folks just don’t get into health care unless they really care for people, and they don’t stay in health care unless they truly, deeply care for people” said Gene Diamond, regional CEO of Sisters of St. Francis Health Services (SSFHS). CEOs from Community Hospital, Methodist Hospitals, and Sisters of St. Francis Health Services sat down together and openly discussed a range of local issues—from H1N1 to physician shortages to patient safety.

PATIENT SAFETY

Patient safety was a unanimous concern. In a collaborative effort to improve it, Community Healthcare System, The Methodist Hospitals, Porter Health and SSFHS formed the Northwest Indiana Patient Safety Coalition last July. Read the rest of this entry »


Health care communications specialists balance patient protection and community concern

In an era of instant mass communication, health care providers have a plethora of tools at their disposal to get the word out about new procedures, services, equipment and facilities. Yet, establishing relationships remains at the core of communicating with the public and the press.

Federal patient privacy regulations established by HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), have set new parameters for what information hospital public relations/marketing personnel can release.

HIPAA requires that every patient treated at a health care facility be asked if he or she wants to “opt in” or “opt out” of the hospital’s directory. That directory lists the patient’s name, room number and whether the patient wants visitors or anyone notified of the hospitalization. If the patient is unable to communicate or is a minor, the family is consulted.

If a patient “opts out” of the directory, mail or flowers addressed to that patient will be returned to the sender, says Mylinda Cane, regional director of marketing for the Community Health Care System, which includes the Community Hospital of Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.
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Physician’s perspectives on universal health care

Massive media campaigns and scores of political pundits have put health care under klieg lights, trying to persuade Americans of the value or the horrors of health care reform and universal insurance coverage.

Yet, there’s more to medical care than the debate going on in the halls of Congress or the barrage of TV commercials and talking heads, say some local physicians and medical researchers. Change is not only coming in health care, it’s already here, they say.

Wellness standards and quality of care have been debated for decades, and one clear universal definition hasn’t emerged, says Alexander A. Stemer, M.D., an infectious disease specialist and founder and president of Medical Specialists Centers of Indiana.
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