• Leadership E-Bulletin: October 2012 Issue

    Fitness Partnership Provides Downstream Benefits to Health System and the Community
    Lake Health System's B Fit 4 Life Corporate Challenge is improving the health of area residents, building goodwill, and creating a downstream source of patients for the hospital system. Facing a predicted 60 percent obesity rate in northeastern Ohio by 2030, Lake Health and its community partners developed the B Fit 4 Life program as a fun way to get fit. B Fit 4 Life offers a wide range of activities, including dogsledding, hiking, and team sports, for participants of varying athletic abilities.

    In addition, the program's emphasis on promoting fitness and reducing obesity is translating into lower healthcare costs for local employers, making the community an attractive place for businesses to set roots.

    Simulations Train Clinicians in Value-Based Decision Making
    Web-based clinical simulation platforms offer a safe environment for physicians and other clinicians to practice making decisions that support a value-based model. Although traditional forms of patient simulations, including mannequins, task trainers, and actors posing as patients, are valuable for certain applications, web-based clinical simulation platforms show the immediate consequences of each decision just as it would play out in real life.

    For example, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is using clinical simulation in its SimLEARN program, which is helping to improve the quality and consistency of care for veterans. Early projects are focusing on addressing the needs of women veterans, who make up an increasing percentage of the VHA's patient population. Through simulation, clinicians are being trained to correctly diagnose and treat female veterans to improve outcomes and increase satisfaction rates.

    Determining the Value of a Service Line
    An academic medical center evaluated the viability of two service lines, one unprofitable and the other showing healthy revenues. Even though each line's financial performance was very different, the medical center decided to divest both businesses. Aided by a business/service line analysis framework, the medical center took a holistic approach and evaluated the service lines based on market factors and the businesses' impact on the organization's strategic and financial success going forward.

    Negotiating a Unique Partnership to Improve Care
    Sinai Health System in Chicago is tackling a major capital improvement project by negotiating a land exchange with the city and with assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development. The safety-net hospital developed the Sinai Tomorrow Project, which includes a new ambulatory care center and a mini patient bed tower, to boost the hospital's competitive position, deliver high-quality care, and revitalize the surrounding neighborhood.

    "Negotiating the land exchange with the city of Chicago and the Chicago Housing Authority was labor-intensive and time-consuming, but was very successful for all of the organizations," says Charles Weis, CPA, executive vice president and CFO at Sinai Health System.