HealthLeaders Media Announces the Annual 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better

Press Releases, December 17, 2010

In its annual cover story, The 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better, HealthLeaders Media profiles individuals who are working to transform the healthcare system. Some, such as healthcare IT champion David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the "father of accountable care organizations" Elliott Fisher, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, are well-known to the industry; some others might not have that level of clout, but are recognized for giving of themselves to enhance healthcare. Some are revered, such as primary care physician and aviator David B. Nichols, MD, who for 31 years has been flying weekly to Tangier Island, VA, providing healthcare to residents who have triple the rate of disease elsewhere. Nichols' inspiring mission is all the more touching as he continues his work in the face of his own battle with terminal cancer. Other leaders, such as Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, Seattle, WA, who has made it her life's work to end bullying and bad behavior by physicians and nurses, might not win many popularity contests among those favoring the status quo. All are playing a crucial role in making the healthcare industry better. Their stories can be found at

"The December issue of HealthLeaders magazine is always one of my favorites," says HealthLeaders Media Editorial Director Rick Johnson. "I can think of no better way to sum up a year of dramatic changes for the healthcare industry than with our annual cover story, which celebrates 20 people who work tirelessly to improve the care that so many of us depend upon."

Along with the HealthLeaders 20, the December issue of HealthLeaders magazine includes key strategies for healthcare executives, including:

  • "Reform Without Results" —Highlights of the latest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report on healthcare reform
  • "How to Compete with the Big Boys—Cleveland's MetroHealth's businesslike focus helps it keep pace with more affluent, world-renowned competitors in a shrinking market
  • "Multifaceted Approaches in Pediatric Care"—Process improvement can enhance outcomes and improve finances. Likewise, research can reveal new tech solutions and yield evidence to support trauma program success.
  • "What Works Tomorrow"—Highlights from Lead Transformation, a gathering of forward-thinking executives hosted by HealthLeaders Media
  • Data-Driven Diabetes Care—HIT is aiding diabetes management and may ultimately help reduce the very high hospitalization rates—and costs—associated with the disease
  • Observing a Conflict—Acute care hospitals are struggling with the demands of Medicare billing criteria on admissions, and the expectations of patients and their families

All of HealthLeaders magazine's December articles may be found online at

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