Leaving a legacy

As our CEO, Jim Anderson, completes his final week at the helm of this institution, The Cincinnati Enquirer yesterday featured a front-page article that looked at the medical center’s achievements over his 13 years here. It’s a great piece; I hope you’ll take a › Continue Reading

What follows is an opinion piece written for the Cincinnati Enquirer published Dec. 21 by Judith Van Ginkel, professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and president of Every Child Succeeds, an $8M home visitation program she spearheaded with › Continue Reading

According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, President Obama’s approval rating is less than 50% for the first time in his presidency. A political debate is not something we wish to begin here, but speculation is that this › Continue Reading

Are our politicians ignoring moms in the health care debate? According to a new survey from the blog “Why Moms Rule,” women at least feel that way. Women are responsible for most health care decisions (92 percent of their own; › Continue Reading

In case you missed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Web-based radio program on Dec. 2, “All Hospitals in favor of saving money say ‘Patient Flow’,” it’s now on line at (There’s a link on the right-hand side of the › Continue Reading

In this space recently, Dr. Steve (our safety officer, Steve Muething, MD) wrote about our patient safety journey. He did so by reminding us at the Tuesday morning Grand Rounds that we are not perfect, but that we’re making progress › Continue Reading

Want to have a little faith in the health reform efforts? History could teach us a thing or two about how to navigate health care reform and how to be patient with the process. “The history of American agriculture suggests that you › Continue Reading

At Cincinnati Children’s, the month of October is being affectionately referred to as “baptism of fire.” H1N1 hit our emergency departments hard — nearly 800 patients in one day at the two EDs combined (normal numbers are 350-400). But the › Continue Reading

Leaping to the top

The results of the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey are in and Cincinnati Children’s is tops! Only eight pediatric institutions and 45 hospitals of any kind were named one of this year’s Top Hospitals. Our rigorous quality and safety work continues › Continue Reading

Somewhere I read that excuses are like noses. Everybody’s got one, so go ahead and pick one. Efforts to improve health care are kind of like that: seems everyone has a reason not to tackle this tough issue. Some of › Continue Reading

What a day!

Today’s a special day in Cincinnati, even though most people in our fair city don’t know it. Today is James M. Anderson Day, as proclaimed by our mayor, Mark Mallory. It is so named to mark the accomplishments, and to › Continue Reading

Standing in front of an auditorium full of bright-eyed (given the early-morning hour, that is) medical residents and other doctors today delivering Grand Rounds, I wanted to convey to them that they’re in a special place. The title of the › Continue Reading

It just makes sense: the right patient in the right place at the right time. In other industries, a lot of time and energy is devoted to making sure things operate smoothly; that equipment is used as efficiently as possible; › Continue Reading

Surprise, surprise: America has a weight problem. Of course, it’s no surprise. Look around. The only surprise is that despite all the evidence of how harmful obesity is — high blood pressure, heart disease, premature death, diabetes — it’s getting › Continue Reading

Setting an example

At the heart of our mission to “change the outcome” is sharing what we learn so others can benefit. That’s why the collaborative network ImproveCareNow, in which caregivers collect and share data and progress about patients, is so exciting. We › Continue Reading

Who says Friday the 13th is bad luck? For lots of people with chronic diseases and the doctors, nurses, parents and others who care for them, Friday the 13th of November, 2009, may go down as one of the luckiest › Continue Reading

A lot has been happening in the child health public policy arena. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of it all. To help, the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s, part of the Division of Health Policy and Clinical › Continue Reading

The victors celebrated. The critics kept critiquing. The general public wonders “what’s in it for (or against) me?”And those of us in the health care industry just keep on working. I’m talking, of course, about the passage, on Saturday, of › Continue Reading

The New York Times Magazine yesterday featured a cover story about work that’s being done in Utah to reform the health care system. Good stuff there, no doubt. Higher quality, lower cost. Who can argue, right? The article, like most › Continue Reading

People sometimes ask, “What’s the one big thing you do to create a culture of safety at your medical center?” There isn’t one, I say. Building a culture of safety seems to be a combination of a few big things › Continue Reading

We’re in troubled times. Parents are frightened and upset. Children are scared. Doctors are seeing record numbers of patients. Stories of H1N1 fill the news every day. And while this flu virus is different, it’s nothing to panic about. Early › Continue Reading

Waste not, want not

The headline of this post is something I heard my grandmother say over and over. Or maybe it was my mother. Anyway, it’s something those who lived through the Great Depression learned and it became a part of their being. › Continue Reading

You are,  no doubt, familiar with Facebook and Wikipedia and similar sorts of sites. After all, you’re reading this blog.  And those kinds of networks are known for helping people connect to others despite physical distance. Wikipedia in particular harnesses › Continue Reading

If anyone ever said caring for kids is easy they either 1) weren’t a parent or 2) weren’t a pediatrician. One of the things that is clear here at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition at the › Continue Reading

The H1N1 vaccine is now available to the public, but instead of making plans to get the vaccine, many families are writing it off and encouraging other families to do the same. This, and an increasing trend among young, educated › Continue Reading