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Staffing a new hospital? You can recruit about 20 to 40 percent from within the health system

Baptist Health South Florida is a faith-based health system with 6 hospitals.  One of these is the West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami, which opened in Spring 2011.  This new hospital is notable for several reasons, including that it is the first brand new hospital that was not a total replacement hospital to be built in the Miami area in over three decades.  This article is a description of the start-up of the new hospital that had the goal of achieving Magnet status within two years.  (An application for Magnet status was submitted early in 2014.)

I was intrigued by this fact related to recruiting staff for the new hospital:

  • “…consultative feedback from other health systems opening a new hospital showed that they were able to recruit only 20% to 40% from within their system.  To preserve the BHSF [Baptist Health South Florida] culture, without hurting affiliate entities, WKBH [West Kendall Baptist Hospital] set a target of 50% and, with thoughtful planning and processes, were able to meet this goal.”

Source: Harris, D., and Cohn, T. (2014, Aug.). Designing and opening a new hospital with a culture and foundation of Magnet: an exemplar in transformational leadership. Nurse Leader, 12(4), 62-68, 77.  Click here for the publisher’s website: http://www.nurseleader.com/article/S1541-4612%2813%2900272-3/pdf   Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

Should BIG CHARITY in New Orleans have been reopened?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the decision was made not to reopen the damaged Charity Hospital of New Orleans.   (Leleu, et al.)  analyze the New Orleans market and argue in support of reopening Big Charity, rather than taking the proposed alternative step of building a new LSU Medical Center.  The other sources listed below provide some additional insight into this issue.

Of related interest may be the oral history of Elliott Roberts, who ran Charity Hospital from 1977 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1994.  His oral history can be found here: http://www.aha.org/research/rc/chhah/Roberts–FINAL–010512.pdf 


Leleu, H., Moises, J., and Valdmanis, V.G.  Renovating Charity Hospital or building a new hospital in post-Katrina New Orleans: economic rationale versus political will.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved;24(1):89-96, Feb. 2012.  Click here to link to publisher’s website: http://www.researchgate.net/journal/1548-6869_Journal_of_Health_Care_for_the_Poor_and_Underserved

Vitter, D., Tucker, J., and Kennedy, J.  A fiscally responsible plan for Big Charity in New Orleans.  Louisiana Department of the Treasury Opinion Column, [2011?].  Click here: http://www.treasury.state.la.us/Lists/SiteArticlesByCat/DispForm_Single.aspx?List=c023d63e%2Dac65%2D439d%2Daf97%2Dda71d8688dff&ID=677 

Frey, J.  Big Charity in New Orleans.  British Journal of General Practice;55(520):888-889, Nov. 2005.  Click here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1570789/  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

“15-minute” emergency department guarantee

A number of providers are experimenting with “15 minutes or free” offers for urgent care visits.   Examples include:  Emerus Emergency Hospitals, freestanding emergency hospitals in Texas, which ran a promotion at the end of 2010 guaranteeing patients would be seen by a physician within 15 minutes of completing their paperwork — or there would be no charge for the visit.   At Northern Nevada Medical Center (Sparks, NV), the guarantee is to be seen by a nurse within 15 minutes of arrival.  Emory-Adventist Hospital (Smyrna, GA) has a twist on this idea that allows the hospital to schedule the arrival of urgent care patients by offering the guarantee to those who enter the system by first registering for an appointment on the hospital’s website.  There is a small charge for this “place holder” service, but then a guarantee of being seen quickly upon arrival at the facility. 

Source: Emergency care in ’15 minutes or it’s free.’  Houston Business Journal, Nov. 5, 2010.  Please also click on the underlined hospital names above to link to more information about their 15-minute offers.