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Hospital Innovators 2007

Written By: Jason Shafrin - May• 10•07

Which hospitals are the innovators of 2007?  Joe Paduda points us to to the Fierce Healthcare website which lists the top 10 hopsital innovators of 2007.  Two of the top ten include St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, WI and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  Mr. Paduda is not overly impressed by the innovation levels recognized by the awards, but, he states, “…in the context of the multi-tiered, cumbersome, convoluted and pitfall-lined bureaucracy that is the typical NFP [not-for-profit] health care system, the creativity recognized by the Awards is remarkable [in that] it occurred at all.”

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  1. Sandip Madan says:

    Both the hospitals’ accomplishments as listed did not sound mindblowing. Mr. Paduda’s comments also mention this in fine tongue in cheek fashion.

    St Joseph’s has incorporated safety, ventilation and lighting features in their new building while saving 1% of projected costs. Sinai Medical taught its internists some of the lower specialist skills, in the process enhancing their capabilities and paychecks. Perhaps both hospitals executed their plans well thereby winning this recognition.

    Considering the very high costs and prices of US hospital care I hope there is also a drive for innovations that make such care dramatically more cost-efficient for patients and payers while maintaining or improving quality.

    -Sandip Madan