Women’s Specialty Centers by Vicki Lucas

Women’s Specialty Centers (WSC) are often a collaboration between service lines as a business development strategy that benefits both partners.  For example, Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) has a National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health (WHC) and the Knight Cardio-vascular Institute (KCI).  Both are well-funded and nationally recognized but they previously lived in…

Best Practice Perspectives: External Peer Review

The concept of peer review within healthcare service lines can be likened to a type of preventive maintenance, much like hospital equipment  that involves regularly-scheduled check-ups to avoid a costly fix.   Because, why wait for an event to trigger an investigative review and subsequent expensive repair or replacement?  In many situations the “retrospective” review comes…

Chest Pain Center Accreditation

In a recent article published in Cath Lab Digest on the Rationale for Developing a Chest Pain Center, accreditation was briefly discussed as one way to position a chest pain center for success.  Not only does accreditation provide a means to validate quality and improve program performance, but also differentiates a program in the community. …

It’s Time to Plan for “After”…

With being just days past the much-desired coming of the New Year, and the highly-anticipated roll-out of two (maybe three) COVID-19 vaccines, now is the time to decide where the path of possibilities can once again begin to lead. Our healthcare industry still has a long road ahead, but as the bumps in the road…

Interim Professionals: A Value Proposition With Results

Turnover in a hospital or physician practice setting is inevitable, but within the healthcare industry, continuity and consistency are the hallmarks of an efficient, effective service line – the foundation of all successful specialty programs.  With continual changes in reimbursement, regulations, and an increasingly competitive landscape for talent, losing key leadership with any specialty area…

Corazon’s Levels of Accreditation

The cardiovascular service line continues to be a primary focus for regulatory bodies, quality groups, and professional clinical organizations, and as a result, remains competitive for hospitals in markets across the country. Many hospital leaders need to consider strategies for market distinction, including program accreditation. Gaining momentum as a differentiator, formal accreditation of either the…

The Benefits of Telehealth for HF Patients

As a company that works to create successful service lines in the cardiovascular, neurosciences, and orthopedic specialties, Corazon has seen (and helped develop!) many and varied ways to accomplish this goal. In these uncertain times especially, innovative ways to ensure continued growth and productivity in these key clinical areas are essential. Beginning with the onset…

Establishing a Trusted Partner in Healthcare

The value of a trusting relationship between a patient and caregiver is well known in healthcare. People want to have physicians, nurses, technologists, and others who they know and trust when they need care. Often, patients are seeking answers to sensitive questions or in very difficult times in their lives. This bond extends to seeking…