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Limited Time Offer: Major Employers Seek Partners to Fix Health Care

It's not everyday that the Walt Disney Corporation courts business partners. But their classified ad today might read something like this:

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Not your same-old hospital: How design is responding to new priorities in health care

When a pilot steps into the cockpit of any 747 anywhere in the world, he or she knows it will be exactly the same. What can we borrow from industries such as aviation to increase safety through the design of health care facilities?

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Holy Window Washing, Batman! How superheroes and others are working together for patients in Hershey, PA

What do Spiderman and Batman have to do with patient care? In Hershey Pennsylvania, they play an important role.

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When will new health care legislation gain ground in Congress?

What are the three things AHA members should have on their radar that are happening in Washington, D.C.?

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"Every Metric is a Person": One patient's journey from statistic to advocacy

When Alicie Cole went into the hospital for a routine procedure, she never dreamed she'd end up spending two months there, one of them in the ICU.

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Physicians who are dismissive to nurses affect quality of care and bottom line

Are physicians unknowingly compromising the quality of care by discouraging nurse input in the process? Barbara Lewis, founder of Joan's Bill of Rights, asked nurses that question and their answers might surprise you.

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Building a challenge: How a hospital pioneered a medical innovation

When the CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Oakland, Michigan asked for a new hospital building, the board came back with an unexpected challenge: "Build us something that's never been seen before, something not made of bricks and mortar."

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An Aha Moment: Partnering Public Health and Traditional Medicine

If you wanted to help school children get healthier, one way to reach them is in school. Ahaaa... now you're thinking like a public health provider.

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Malcolm Gladwell on disruptive innovation: The importance of urgency and disagreeableness

Being impatient and disagreeable generally are not considered admirable qualities. But Malcolm Gladwell suggests they may be exactly the characteristics needed to drive innovation forward. He points to Apple founder Steve Jobs as Exhibit A.

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One mom's DIY plan for improving health care: Why patients can't afford patience

Hala Durrah's 11-year-old daughter has survived two liver transplants and a bout with lymphoma. Managing her medical affairs was all-consuming for Durrah, who, as a patient advocate at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland, draws on her experience to help other families survive their own medical odysseys.

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