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 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.

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.

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.