While October is synonymous with all things Halloween, we often forget that it is also a great month for a little healthy competition! Both college and NFL football are underway, the NHL kicks off its new season, and the excitement of the MLB playoffs keeps fans on the edge of their seats. As a firm based in the great sports town of Pittsburgh, PA, ALTIUS understands the value of competition; “it is through it we discover what we are capable of and how much more we can actually do than we ever thought possible.” Our team believes that competition can be the greatest motivation for positive change, both for ourselves and our clients.
Music is transcendent. It can be inspirational, motivational, therapeutic, and cathartic. Great music can be an immediate memory recall, bringing you back to a time and place with only a few notes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is excited to announce a brand-new interview series, ALTIUS Answer/Asks! Over the next few months, we will be featuring discussions with members of our team as well as with industry experts to provide a fresh perspective on productivity, performance improvement, and workforce optimization in the current healthcare environment. Our first installment, an ALTUS Answers interview with ATLIUS COO RandiLynn Lukac, delves into some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about our customized services/solutions. Why should a hospital/health system engage a consulting firm to support their improvement initiatives? If the goal is to save money, wouldn’t it be more cost-effective to handle these projects internally? There are multiple, excellent reasons to engage a consulting firm.
Simply stated, productivity is the measure of input to output. It is typically tracked to gauge changes in performance over time. The most common way that healthcare organizations assess productivity is through internal comparisons against historical operations.