AdventHealth Announces Groundbreaking Heart Transplant Technology

With more than 3,000 people waiting for a heart transplant in the U.S., there are not enough donors. Having a means to keep a heart viable hours after it has stopped is a major breakthrough and could increase the donor pool by thousands. AdventHealth’s Transplant Institute Cardiothoracic program performed its first heart transplant in Florida using the process known as Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD). The press release indicates the transplant was a team effort in partnership with AdventHealth Translational Research Institute and the organ procurement agency OurLegacy.

A Peek at the New SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Set to open its doors September 1, the 802,000-square-foot SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital will have 316 private inpatient rooms and “bring 21st-century tertiary care to the community,” according to Steven Scott, President of the hospital. As reported by the replacement facility will also include an emergency department, a level 1 trauma center and advanced telemedicine capabilities.

Adventist HealthCare Hospitals Win Maryland Patient Safety Award

The Maryland Patient Safety Center has named Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center Circle of Honor winners in its 2020 Patient Safety Innovation Awards. The annual awards program recognizes top safety and quality solutions for patients. Susan Glover, RN, and Adventist HealthCare’s Senior Vice President and Chief Quality & Integrity Officer commented that receiving the award demonstrates the caregivers’ dedication. She added, “Our caregivers keep safety and a quality experience at the forefront of everything they do for our patients,” The honorees were selected by a panel of independent judges who are leaders in the Maryland healthcare community.

John McWhorter Named New COO at OhioHealth

As COO of OhioHealth, a 12-hospital healthcare system, John McWhorter will be responsible for both operational excellence across the entire system and for developing an enterprise strategy for the future to make healthcare more simple, accessible and affordable. McWhorter has 30 years of experience, most recently serving as COO of Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, Texas. Steve Markovich, MD, OhioHealth president and CEO shared, “John’s personal values align with our culture and that was evident every time we talked.”

Adventist Health Names Todd Hofheins New CFO

Bringing more than 25 years’ success with health system finance strategies, health plans and wellness programs, Todd Holfheins will join Adventist Health in September. Scott Reiner, Adventist Health CEO shared that Holfheins’ experience makes him “an ideal fit for Adventist Health’s vision of bringing health and well-being into reach for everyone.”

Children’s Hospital Earns Coveted Magnet Recognition

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital has earned Magnet Recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. After surveying Children’s Hospital, the ANCC Commission on Magnet Recognition voted unanimously on the hospital’s designation. The voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing and is the highest honor a healthcare organization can receive for professional nursing practice. Sherry Nolfe, RN, MSN, chief nursing officer at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, said this award speaks to the level of care Children’s Hospital offers this community.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor President on Top Outcomes Performance: ‘It Starts with Culture’

Each year, Fortune/IBM Watson Health names the 100 top hospitals in America based on studies of hospital outcomes performance data. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital, a teaching hospital with 547 beds in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was named the #1 Major Teaching Hospital in America for 2020. HealthLeaders spoke with Alonzo Lewis, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor President, about this accomplishment.

Baptist Health Launches $100M Digital Transformation to Become ‘Amazon Prime of Healthcare’

Baptist Health South Florida initiated a $100 million project to expand digital capabilities and build upon existing initiatives for a more attractive digital presence. “We want to be as easy to do business with as Amazon and other places you work with,” Joe Natoli, executive vice president and chief administrative officer said. As reported by MiamiToday, Brian Keeley, Baptist president and CEO said, “We can either lead or follow, and we decided we were going to lead this thing.”

2 Mercy Health Facilities Named High-Performing Hospitals

Mercy Health-St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and Mercy Health-St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital have been named high-performing hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine’s annual Procedures & Conditions ratings are designed to assist patients and their doctors about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. As reported in Mahoning Matters, the Mercy Health facilities received the honors for their chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure programs.

Presbyterian is ‘Rewriting the Playbook’ for Hospital Operations

Presbyterian is incorporating many lessons learned about safer practices for patients and staff according to COO Clay Holderman.  Construction of the hospital’s new 11-story tower has continued and is expected to open in late 2022. The tower will increase flexibility and add safer practices for staff, patients and visitors…all as a result of COVID-19.

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