Report estimates disease, cost impact of reducing obesity   09/18/2012
The cost of treating preventable obesity-related diseases could increase by $48 billion to $66 billion a year if state obesity rates continue on their current track through 2030, according to a report released today by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. If states could reduce the average Body Mass Index of residents by just 5% by 2030, the report estimates every state could help thousands or millions of people avoid obesity-related diseases while saving billions of dollars in health care costs. For a six-foot-tall person weighing 200 pounds, a 5% reduction in BMI would mean losing about 10 pounds. "This study shows us two futures for America's health," said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. "At every level of government, we must pursue policies that preserve health, prevent disease and reduce health care costs."
AHA resource describes federal capital financing programs for hospitals   09/18/2012
A new resource from the AHA summarizes the six major federal programs to help hospitals in their capital financing needs. The table names each program, its focus, the types of financing available, and eligibility requirements. It also provides links to each program's website and other capital financing information resources.
Hospitals among '100 Best Companies' for working mothers   09/18/2012
Thirteen hospitals and health systems have been named to Working Mother magazine's 2012 list of "100 Best Companies" for working mothers. They are: Baptist Health South Florida in Coral Gables; Bon Secours Richmond Health System in Richmond, VA; Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo, MI; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; HCA Virginia Health System - Richmond market; Mercy Health System in Janesville, WI; Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL; Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in Chicago; Scripps Health in San Diego; TriHealth in Cincinnati; University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison; VCU Health System in Richmond, VA; and WellStar Health System in Atlanta. The designation is based on applicants' responses to a survey about their programs to help working mothers balance work and family.
ASHE names 2013 president-elect, leadership   09/18/2012
The AHA's American Society for Healthcare Engineering has elected as its 2013 president-elect Philip Stephens, senior specialist in the Facilities Management Group at Carolina Health Systems in Charlotte, NC. Stephens will become ASHE president in 2014. The AHA personal membership group also elected several board members and regional directors. For more information, see the news release.
AHRMM announces 2013 leaders   09/18/2012
The AHA's Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management has elected as its chair-elect for 2013 Christopher O'Connor, president of Nexera Inc. and Greater New York Hospital Association Services Inc. O'Connor will become AHRMM chair in 2014. The AHA personal membership group also elected several new board members. For more information, visit