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Back to Our Regular Programming

In decades past, at the end of a news soundbite that interrupted a regularly scheduled television show, an announcer would say: “And now, back to our regular programming.” That announcement feels somewhat reminiscent of our current transition to life after the pandemic. After more than a year of the world functioning on amended personal and […]

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Challenge Accepted: From the Desk of Ed Jones

Healthcare’s response to the needs forced upon us by the pandemic can be summarized as nothing short of extraordinary. I cannot think of a better theme for our conference than “Challenge Accepted” to appropriately acknowledge members across the country who answered the call, working tireless hours in both front-line and behind-the-scenes positions over the course […]

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The Risk/Resiliency Supply Chain Balance: From the Desk of Ed Jones

The benefits of bringing manufacturing closer to home was one of seven healthcare supply chain themes addressed in a white paper recently published by the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management of the American Hospital Association. It’s a focus shared by healthcare providers across the country who felt the crippling impact of overreliance on […]

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A Silver Linings “Playbook” for Healthcare: From the Desk of John Young

With more than 170 million vaccines administered as of this writing, I am optimistic that the COVID tide is slowly turning and that we could be on the way to what one day may be herd immunity. While the past year was exacting on healthcare providers and the population as a whole, many of the […]

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Vaccines Offer a Glimmer of Hope

Because of timeliness and fluidity of information, I hesitated writing about the COVID-19 vaccine in a quarterly column. However, I’d be remiss to not address the importance of this topic, since news of the pandemic and its spread dominated not only hearts and minds, but also healthcare headlines for the first three quarters of 2020. […]

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Strengthening the Supply Chain

The pandemic revealed to hospitals across the country the impact of relying on foreign manufacturers to supply the vast majority of much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE). For HealthTrust, it presented an opportunity to explore U.S. diversification of some of those supplies. As we explain in “Securing the Supply Chain Closer to Home,” finding a partner […]

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New Realities, Courtesy of the Pandemic

HealthTrust University Conference, online classes, society and industry meetings, even patient visits—are you becoming acclimated to the virtual experience? Most of us have found ways to adapt. Although some aspects of medicine don’t translate perfectly in a virtual model, it’s proven to be an effective way to treat some patients during the pandemic. As the […]

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Explore Purchased Services for Additional Cost Savings

As providers across the country manage the pandemic-inspired new normal, initiatives to make up for lost revenue opportunities are paramount to help drive financial resiliency. An area often overlooked for substantial cost savings is purchased services. Annual purchased services spend for U.S. hospitals is estimated at more than $300 billion—comprising up to 45% of a […]

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Aligning Around a Post-COVID Prognosis

At the time of this writing, the majority of HealthTrust member facilities are actively resuming elective procedures and routine care, while others anticipate a potential second wave of COVID-19 cases. The toll of the pandemic remains to be seen, as does the speed at which an efficacious vaccine enters the market. Hardest hit areas of […]

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HealthTrust Honors Healthcare Systems for Excellence and Sustainability

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 5, 2020 – Five HealthTrust member organizations have been singled out for supply chain excellence and social stewardship benefitting their providers, patients and communities. Recipients of the Member Recognition Awards, the most prestigious honors presented annually by HealthTrust, were announced last evening during a segment of HealthTrust University Conference livestreamed from Nashville. […]

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Ed Jones

Advancing Through the Aftermath

Healthcare organizations throughout the country are currently managing the delicate balance between increasing elective procedures and services while maintaining bed capacity in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence. As of this writing in early July, there was a surge across Florida, Texas and Arizona. Gating criteria proposed by the Trump administration discouraged the opening of […]

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Ed Jones

A Battle of Epic Proportion

These are truly unprecedented times. The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on our country, our economy and our lifestyle. Unlike a natural disaster that hits hard and retreats, COVID-19 is universal—impacting every market and industry, with hospitals being the life-and-death safety net for the world’s population. This battle is of epic proportion, made […]

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Importance of Clinical Guidance

This is take-two of my column for this edition. Who knew when it was initially drafted that our 2020 Innovation Summit would have to be canceled? It’s too early to know if any global health or governmental entity could have predicted at the outset that the coronavirus (COVID-19) would reach pandemic status just 2½ months […]

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Working style guide

Images: Featured image: 1250 x 833 Headshot sizes: 165 x 165 Hex colors: Blue: #1383bc Orange: #f48a30 Turquoise: #1bb0aa Purple: #9f4496 Light Red: #ef6761 Green: #62ac46 Red: #cf252f Aside (Sidebar) After a Warning, FDA OKs the Use of Paclitaxel-Coated Products Update on an article published in the Q3 2019 edition of The Source. In January […]

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Annual Meeting Update: Healthcare Supply Chain Association National Pharmacy Forum

Mark Walsh shares his key takeaways from the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) National Pharmacy Forum in February 2020. The HSCA’s pharmacy forum is an opportunity for pharmacy professionals in the GPO space to discuss the latest trends. I attended this year’s event in Scottsdale, Arizona, along with HealthTrust team members Jason Braithwaite, PharmD, Senior […]

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Annual Meeting Update: Federation of American Hospitals

Crystal Dugger and Jennel Lengle share their key takeaways from the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) conference and business exposition in March 2020. Founded more than 50 years ago, the FAH represents over 1,000 community hospitals and health systems across the U.S. The conference brings together attendees from HealthTrust, our clinical advisory boards and suppliers […]

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COVID-19 Resources

In addition to developing more than 120 resources, HealthTrust served a critical role in vetting and curating a lot of the publicly available content about COVID-19 to provide members with easy access to quality information from trusted sources. Clinical Resources | Clinical experts created and continue to update >120 important tools and resources on clinical […]

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Annual Meeting Update: North American Spine Society

Brent Ford shares key takeaways from the North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting in September 2019. Robotic navigation Continuing the trend I have seen in recent years, the highlight of the 2019 NASS meeting was robotic navigation. While three years ago there were only a couple of suppliers that had a robot that could […]

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Annual Meeting Update: American College of Surgeons

Top trends in surgical innovation Jennifer Westendorf shares her key takeaways from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) annual meeting in October 2019. I attended the ACS meeting to learn more about the latest trends in the surgical space that could impact members and their patients. Here are the key takeaways from the conference. Treatment […]

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Annual Meeting Update: American Association of Clinical Chemistry

Improving the clinical impact of the HealthTrust portfolio Christa Pardue shares her key takeaways from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) annual meeting in August 2019. I joined HealthTrust’s Laboratory Advisory Board at the annual meeting of the AACC in Anaheim, California in August. We participated in several days of supplier presentations and searched […]

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