At the recent American Hospital Association Health Forum Rural Healthcare Leadership Conference in Phoenix, hospital leaders delivered a strong message to Congress urging it to protect community-based health care. Congress recently introduced several bills addressing rural hospitals and hospital leaders are urging support for rural policies. Two Iowa hospital CEOs attending the conference shared their perspective on these important issues.
How do you put into words the impact this Hospital Hero has made over her 40-plus years of dedication to health care? How do you describe someone who at Christmas, makes up big batches of different kinds of soups, divides it up in small containers and delivers it to elderly people in the community, but is also recognized as one of the outstanding nurses and leaders in the state of Iowa?
Has dying in America gotten any less painful? Despite efforts to build hospice and palliative care programs across the country, the answer seems to be a resounding no. The number of Americans experiencing pain in the last year of life actually increased by nearly 12 percent between 1998 and 2010, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In addition, depression in the last year of life increased by more than 26 percent.
In any community, a hospital is a unique institution. Even in cities with multiple hospitals, each has its own history, mission and culture. One way that uniqueness is reflected is in art. “There is a growing body of research that shows that our emotions, behaviors, thinking and even our health is influenced by our physical environment,” explained TJ Moberg, owner of Moberg Gallery in Des Moines.
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The Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) is a voluntary membership organization representing hospital and health system interests to business, government, and consumer audiences. It shapes health policy, fosters new forms of health care delivery, gathers data and monitors health care payment systems.