•St. Charles Health System and Institute for Healthcare Improvement recently announced they have formed a partnership to improve health and health care within Central Oregon. St. Charles has committed to using IHI’s Triple Aim of better health, better care and better value to define its strategic direction. The partnership provides ways of increasing organization efficiency and improving quality and safety outcomes. Experts from the Cambridge, Mass.-based nonprofit will work with St. Charles for the next 17 months.
Move over, large lap pools. Smaller swimming holes are making a big splash. Sure, the economy is playing a role in making this luxury littler: Smaller pool equals smaller budget. But it's more than that, says Brett Berry, owner of Landscape Renderings, a Missouri business that designs and builds outdoor living environments. “You can create a fantastic sense of intimacy and atmosphere with a small… ... more