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

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 ALTIUS COO, RandiLynn Lukac

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.

The “Lucky Charms” of Leadership

The recent challenges to and changes in the delivery of healthcare have spotlighted the demand for more enhanced leadership development moving forward. Throughout the pandemic, staff have displayed their resilience and ability to adapt, made possible by the innovative leaders that guided organizations through recovery towards stability without any predetermined path. This “trial by fire” approach was necessary given the unprecedented situation at hand, but has, in hindsight, proven the value of certain traits that need to be cultivated in future leaders.

Incorporating Social Determinants of Health in 2022

Being such a dynamic industry by nature, healthcare will continue to change and evolve in the new year. One of the main areas that experts are predicting a noticeable shift is in the deliberate and more extensive integration of social determinants of health (SDOH) into all facets of operations from registration through discharge planning. Value-based administration will become more commonplace in 2022 as staff, clinicians, and patients alike are incentivized to discuss and document SDOH as a routine part of each healthcare encounter.

Where Have all the Nurses Gone?

Long before the pandemic began, a shift started occurring in healthcare; an evolution of the nursing profession that introduced new opportunities to licensed staff, deviating from traditional patient care. While these innovative roles are enticing and serve to strengthen hospital operations by expanding skill sets and meeting previously unaddressed needs, these positions are creating further strain on care delivery. Staff shortages were already plaguing the industry and now nursing advancement is another element that organizations must navigate.

Looking at the Glass Half Full

It is hard to believe, but 2021 has proven to be as difficult a year, if not more so, than 2020 for the healthcare industry. Not only did hospitals and health systems have to work through steep financial and operational recovery strategies to try and equalize the effects of the pandemic, but they had to address further staffing/resource shortages, the impacts of natural disasters, increased labor costs, and prioritize employee emotional well-being all while continuing to manage new COVID surges. That is enough to make any leader skeptical of what 2022 will bring.

Productivity Checklist

This time of year, checklists help manage the back-to-school madness. They provide structure and direction on preparing for the coming year, especially while parents and students alike are still preoccupied with maximizing the waning days of summer. Checklists are also effective in other areas – they transcend in application and detail the elements required and/or steps to be taken in order to reach a goal.