Children's Hospitals Today Summer 2014

This issue examines the impact children’s hospitals and their employees have in the community and the world at large. Also, read how one hospital established aligned goals for all staff members that centered on reducing waste and inefficiency and how clear communication among providers can reduce medical errors.

Articles

Children's Hospitals Give Back to the Community and Across the Globe
Children’s hospital employees find a way to help, whether it’s part of their job or on their own time. Here’s how they are stepping out into their communities and into the far corners of the world to provide care, compassion and health education.

How Hospitals Can Save 18 Percent in Direct Costs
One hospital applied a proven quality improvement methodology and involved system-wise stakeholders to achieve $12 million in annual savings and new opportunities for long-term growth.

Help Special Needs Patients Feel at Ease With the Hospital Experience
The hospital experience can be difficult for families. Here's how one program is helping families and patients with special needs feel at ease.

Improving Handoffs, Communication and Patient Safety
To standardize and improve patient handoffs, some children’s hospitals are testing new interventions that other organizations can replicate to help curb miscommunication and ensure patient safety.

Helping Pediatric Patients Transition to Adult Care
Make plan to help smooth out the process and ensure patients get the right care they need.

Make Surgery Less Scary With a Video for Patients and Families
Here’s how one hospital made a video to help kids prepare for surgery.

From Patient to Physical Therapist
A physical therapist returns to work at the same hospital that treated her throughout her childhood.

Life Lessons From the Reality TV Stars of ‘The Little Couple’

The reality TV stars talk about childhood and raising kids with complex medical conditions.

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Children's Hospitals Today, the Children's Hospitals Association quarterly magazine, features articles on issues of interest to administrators, clinicians, trustees and others concerned with child health care and children's hospitals.