Author: Lola Butcher

Norton Healthcare commits time, money to improving health equity

In June 2020, Norton Healthcare, the largest health system in Louisville, announced five imperatives to address health inequities, four of them being:   Start a health equity institute   Improve diversity in its leadership ranks  Educate its staff to advocate for health policy issues  Invest more money to address health needs in underserved areas  The remaining item…

Lola Butcher January 30, 2023

Norton Healthcare and other health systems are making big moves to reduce health inequity

When Louisville police officers killed Breonna Taylor, a young Black woman not suspected of any crime, in her home in March 2020, the president and CEO of Norton Healthcare took it personally.  “As an employer of 18,000 people and a very prominent organization in our community, we needed to be the ones to step up…

Lola Butcher January 30, 2023

Why addressing unexplained variations in care should be a healthcare system priority

Healthcare researchers believe Medicare could save $2 billion by using a cheaper drug for retinal disease, but some physicians don’t want to switch.

Lola Butcher October 3, 2022

More not-for-profit health systems opt to pay board members

The goal is to lure and keep qualified board members, who are becoming harder to find.

Lola Butcher May 31, 2022

How 3 hospitals developed COVID-19 vaccine programs to suit their unique needs amid questions about costs and supplies

With no best practices to use as a model, hospitals have developed COVID-19 vaccine programs that are tailored to their own situations.

Lola Butcher February 6, 2021

Possible ‘silver lining’ for rural hospitals seen in attention generated by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic creates an opportunity to focus attention on the fragility of rural hospitals, which may be able to secure needed support as a result.

Lola Butcher May 7, 2020

How hospitals can preserve cash amid rising costs, crashing revenues brought on by COVID-19

The need to preserve cash is becoming more acute amid plummeting revenues and rising costs. Leaders and industry consultants are getting creative in search of solutions.

Lola Butcher April 22, 2020

Providence deploys technology, analytics in response to the coronavirus pandemic

In Washington state, one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic, Providence has enhanced its response by taking advantage of new technology.

Lola Butcher April 1, 2020

A Providence executive offers lessons for U.S. hospitals on coping with the new coronavirus

Keys for hospitals to stay on top of the coronavirus outbreak including developing a communications plan and establishing remote-monitoring capacity.

Lola Butcher April 1, 2020

The coronavirus and the healthcare supply chain: What hospitals need to know about N95 masks, drugs and devices

Hospitals should understand the potential supply chain disruption from the novel coronavirus and start taking steps to mitigate the impact.

Lola Butcher April 1, 2020
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