10 Things the Most Progressive Hospitals Do

Molly Gamble | Becker's Hospital Review | July 8, 2013

It's been said that there are three types of people in the world: the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive. The same could be said for organizations, particularly in healthcare. There are hospitals that will cling to the ways of the past. There are also organizations that will settle as they are, resisting major change, surviving rather than excelling. 

Then there are the progressive ones, the hospitals defying the norm. These hospitals are tackling challenges that surpass the confines of their singular institutions. One hospital vowed to share its prices for common services and, just to add some teeth to it, challenged local competitors to do the same.

Another health system worked with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to fight rising obesity levels through citywide policy changes.

One health system launched a new entity focused on healthcare innovation, which has since produced clinical advancements and redesigned the traditional hospital patient gown. 

Another system partnered with a chain of retail health clinics, a traditional menace to hospitals, for patient education and better management of care.