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How Do Hospital CEOs Feel About the Healthcare Economy?
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

The majority of CEOs, representing a broad swath of industries, expect to increase their companies' profits in the next year, a Conference Board study says. Can the same level of confidence be found in the hospital sector? Our own survey results specifically for hospital CEOs won't be out for a few months. But that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun guessing what the prevailing attitudes are right now.
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  July 16, 2010

 
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