In healthcare, productivity is crucial for managing labor costs and providing quality patient care. At ALTIUS, we offer benchmarking and operational improvement services to help hospitals work smarter, not harder. But what can we learn from a galaxy far, far away? The Star Wars universe provides valuable insight into technology, training, processes, and collaboration that can improve hospital productivity.
Avoiding the Telephone Game
The rumor mill can create operational challenges and impact employee satisfaction in any organization. Information that has been spread and retold by multiple parties often results in the obfuscation, distortion, or exaggeration of the original statement. Healthcare leaders often find themselves unwittingly playing the “telephone game,” receiving feedback that has made its way “down the lane” and is not a true reflection of reality.
Are You Flirting with Disaster?
February is the month of love, and now is the perfect time to evaluate your organization’s relationship with productivity. Is it one-sided? Does your bottom line give and give without much support from leadership? Productivity is a partnership requiring constant attention. If you are not willing to put in the work and make a long-term commitment, you could be headed for an expensive break-up! Effective productivity management is a consistent balancing act.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2023 is the year of the Rabbit. The sign of the Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. 2023 is predicted to be the year of hope.
What Does Your Favorite Christmas Movie Say About You?
In the spirit of the season, ALTIUS is combining two of our favorite things: the magic of Christmas and the mystery of effective healthcare leadership! We are taking the results of our recent social media poll and are breaking down what your favorite holiday movie says about your leadership style. And the winner is… Elf Released in 2003, this Christmas comedy became an instant critical and commercial success, grossing $220 million worldwide. It is listed among the greatest holiday movies of all time and clearly our followers would agree, earning 46% of our poll votes! Elf tells the story of Buddy, a human raised by Santa's elves, who learns about his origins and heads to New York City to meet his biological father.
The ALTIUS Guide to Drafting Your Fantasy Team – Part III
ALTIUS is wrapping up our Fantasy team series the same way that all games are decided, with “red zone” performance! All too often, teams have the right strategies, but fail in application. They march down the field, come close to scoring, and fall short. It could be due to the amazing defense of the opposing team or perhaps, it is the result of the players’ inability to effectively deviate from the called plays when obstacles are present.
The ALTIUS Guide to Drafting Your Fantasy Team – Part II
ALTIUS is back with the second installment of our Fantasy team series. To adequately discuss “team selection” through recruitment and retention strategies, we must first delve into the art of coaching: the good, the bad, and the misconceptions! Whether you are a hospital executive or department/service-line manager, it’s a high stress/big reward position. Leaders are the face of operations, setting the tone and establishing expectations.
The ALTIUS Guide to Drafting Your Fantasy Team
It’s that time of year again! The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing, and football season has officially begun. In the spirit of the ever-popular Fantasy leagues, ALTIUS is kicking off a new series of effective tips to help healthcare leaders “draft” the most capable teams. “Who’s on your bench?” That’s the first topic we will tackle! Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your current staff as well as having a “game plan” for any anticipated vacancies is crucial to sustained efficiency.
ALTIUS Answers: Interview with Joshua Budz
ALTIUS is rounding out our ALTIUS Answer/Asks interview series with the fourth and final installment. In this last segment, an ALTIUS Answers discussion with Account Manager Josh Budz, we explore the importance of healthcare leaders having timely, meaningful data to drive decision-making. The ALTIUS ION Efficiency Reports are a bi-weekly tool that monitors both departmental and organizational performance against customized benchmarks and established targets.
ALTIUS Answers: Interview with Senior Consultant Dr. Sheri Matter
ALTIUS is back with the third installment of our ALTIUS Answer/Asks interview series. In this segment, our team gained insight on trending topics and industry challenges through our ALTIUS Asks interview with Dr. Sheri Matter, Assistant Teaching Professor for the Graduate Nursing Program and the Director of the MSN online programs and the DNP Leadership program at The Pennsylvania State University.