Children's Hospital CEO Talks Strategy
Hospitals face uncertainty in the years ahead as they adjust to changes in federal law and cuts in funding. Despite that, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is expanding on multiple fronts. Inquirer staff writer Chelsea Conaboy spoke with chief executive officer Steven Altschuler about how growth is part of his coping plan.
Question: Children's recently partnered with Virtua's South Jersey hospitals. What's the strategy?
Steven Altschuler: Our view is that you try to care for the patient in the most appropriate venue, based on their acuity, or how sick they are. If you are a kid that has an ear infection, you can be seen in a primary-care office. If you have recurrent infections and need ear tubes, that can done in a day surgical unit off campus. Our relationships with community hospitals are quite important, first as a source of referrals, and to make sure we have a proper complement of these different venues.
- Two-Midnight Rule Must be Fixed or Replaced, Say Providers
- Don't Underestimate Emotional Intelligence
- The Secret to Physician Engagement? It's Not Better Pay
- Care Coordination Tough to Define, Measure
- SCOTUS Review of NC Board Case 'A Very Big Deal' to Providers
- Yale New Haven Health Partners with Tenet Healthcare in CT
- CDC Warns of Antibiotic Overuse in Hospitals
- Physicians Take SGR Repeal Message to Washington
- Size Matters in Antibiotic Overuse
- Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research: Avoiding Confusion