- California: Jimmy Kimmel on the Monday episode of his late-night show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", shared that his wife last month gave birth to the couple's second child—a son, William, who shortly after birth was found to have congenital heart disease and required emergency surgery. Kimmel praised the doctors and nurses at Cedars-Sinai Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles for their work identifying and treating the issue, noting that while his son will require further treatment, he is currently recovering well. Kimmel also linked the experience to the debate over the Affordable Care Act, arguing that no one should be denied health care access because of pre-existing medical conditions (Russonello, New York Times, 5/2; Respers France, CNN, 5/3).
- Georgia: CaroMont Health has appointed Chris Peek to serve as president and CEO. Peek, who previously served as deputy county manager and chief of staff for the Mecklenburg County Government in North Carolina, has served on CareMont's board of directors since 2015. Peek takes over the position from Todd Davis, who had served on an interim basis since the system's former CEO—Doug Luckett—resigned in March (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/1).
- Mississippi: Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis, Tennessee, and Mississippi Baptist Health Systems completed a merger on Monday, making the combined systems the largest hospital group in Mississippi, the Associated Press reports. Officials for the hospital systems, which have a combined workforce of 16,000 employees, said there are no layoffs planned. Baptist Memorial Health Care has six hospitals in the northern part of Mississippi, as well as several hospitals in other states, while Mississippi Baptist Health Systems has four hospitals in Mississippi (Amy, AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/1).
12 things CEOs need to know in 2017
The continued growth of the consumer-driven health care market threatens the durability of patient-provider relationships—and, at the same time, the push toward population health management and risk-based payment is greater than ever.
Hospitals and health systems must adopt a two-pronged strategy to respond to these pressures and serve both public payers and the private sector.
At the core of that strategy? A formula of accessible, reliable, and affordable care that wins consumer preferences and drives loyalty over time. Below, we share 12 key insights for senior executives working to create a consumer-focused health system.