Ronald Finkelstein

EDs and Penitentiaries: Presentation at the IONL Mid-Year Conference 2017

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The prison population of the United States has quadrupled in the past 25 years. Currently, nearly 2.3 million U.S. inmates (about 1% of U.S. adults) must rely on their jailers for health care. A deep dive of emergency departments and penitentiaries reveals interesting daily operation similarities.

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Staffing Plans – What to Share with Staff and the Public

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Once a staffing plan has been developed, how do we monitor our compliance to the plan?   How do we share these results with our staff and patients, in order to demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and staff satisfaction?

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A Great Cause for Nonprofits: Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach

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In the United States we are fortunate enough to have world-class healthcare and state-of-the-art technology. Unfortunately, this is not the case around the world. Many hospitals in other countries don’t even have the most basic of hospital equipment including syringes, gauze, anesthesia, or clean beds. This makes treating patients not only challenging but dangerous for many doctors and nurses abroad.

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An Interview with Marti from Southwest General

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We recently had the privilege and opportunity to work with Marti Baushka from Southwest General in Ohio. We worked closely with Marti and the team at Southwest General to improve patient placement and projected phasing for a new bed tower. Managerial transitions also kept us on our toes, but through it all, we are proud to hear such kind words from Marti.

We’ve included a portion of our interview below. For the full story, check out her section in Advice From Your Peers, along with interviews from a handful of other clients. Read More

Let’s retire HPPDs

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HPPD, aka hours per patient day, is metric that needs to be retired.  It’s inconsistent with how patient care is delivered and it encourages a misalignment between nursing and finance.

Finance leaders often think of staffing as an allocation of labor hours or units-of-service (UOS). “Comparable UOS benchmarks” set staffing plans that establish clinical labor allocations and budgets. As a result they craft staffing plans that assume that staffing will change in staffing for every census point! Read More