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Succession Planning 2.0
Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

Succession planning is about more than just replacing you. It's about identifying, mentoring, and developing leaders outside of your executive team. Because, in the future, these are the leaders you might most need.
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  June 6, 2008

 
Editor's Picks
Obama attacks McCain on healthcare
Let the games begin: Now that he's the official Democratic candidate, Obama kicked off the real presidential campaign with an attack on McCain's healthcare proposals. Healthcare will take center stage in this campaign, and it will be interesting to see how each candidate's plan evolves (and whether or not either plan is ever actually implemented). [Read More]
A city where the hospitals are as ill as the patients
Imagine living in a place where you're scared to call 911 for fear of where (or how) you'll end up. It almost sounds un-American, but that's the situation for some residents of Los Angeles, where hospital closures and over-crowding have created what city officials call an "all-out crisis." Patients don't have insurance, hospitals don't have enough beds, and doctors don't want to work there. As this article points out, the situation in Los Angeles, although more serious, mirrors the problems facing poor healthcare systems in cities like Philadelphia, Washington, Cleveland, and elsewhere. [Read More]
Hospitals going green
Two things healthcare facilities are known for are taking care of the sick and contributing to environmental waste, but some facilities in St. Louis are implementing major changes to be more eco-friendly. SSM Healthcare no longer offers bottled water, St. John's Mercy Medical Center is buying hybrid vehicles, and St. Anthony's Medical Center is converting to a "green" cleaning process. For more information on SSM's decision to go "water-free," listen to this week's audio feature with Sister Mary Jean Ryan, SSM Healthcare's president and CEO. [Read More]
The contradictions that drive Toyota's success
Healthcare leaders talk a lot about Toyota, but what really makes an organization like Toyota? Harvard researchers studied Toyota for six years and uncovered a "culture of contradictions" that drives Toyota's business. As the article says, "emulating Toyota isn't about copying any one practice; it's about creating a culture." This article is required reading for those leaders who really want to be Toyota-like. [Read More]
 
This Week's Headlines
Congress may prod doctors toward electronic prescriptions
AP/Boston Globe - June 4, 2008
More young people going without health insurance
Washington Post - June 2, 2008
Communities to get $300 million to tackle health
AP/Yahoo News – June 5, 2008
Study questions value of ICU physicians with special training
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – June 3, 2008
Hospitals put patients' debt up for auction
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) – June 3, 2008
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Going Green in St. Louis: Sister Mary Jean Ryan, president and CEO of SSM Healthcare in St. Louis, talks about the system's decision to stop offering bottled water at its 20 facilities. [Listen Now]
 
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