HHS adds $48 million for training, fellowships in public health

Health & Human Services in September announced new investments to strengthen the nation's public health workforce. The Health Resources and Services Administration is awarding $23 million in grants to 37 Public Health Training Centers for training public health workers in such areas as nutrition and epidemiology. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing $25 million for fellowship programs, similar to medical residencies, and placement of 227 fellows in state and local public health departments, as well as expanding training programs on e-learning. Visit www.hhs.gov.

Good service by staff trumps all

Patient satisfaction with hospitals is influenced more by human factors, especially superior service-related communication skills between hospital staff and patients, than by the impressive clinical technology or facilities, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 National Patient Experience Study. Patients who say they had any problem with their room or hospital staff rate their overall experience a 5.3 on a 10-point scale, compared with 8.7 among patients who did not experience problems. Visit www.jdpower.com

Working Mother cites 13 hospitals

Thirteen hospitals and health systems have been named to Working Mother magazine's 2012 list of "100 Best Companies" for working mothers. They are: Baptist Health South Florida in Coral Gables; Bon Secours Richmond (Va.) Health System; Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo, Mich.; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; HCA Virginia Health SystemRichmond market; Mercy Health System in Janesville, Wis.; Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.; Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in Chicago; Scripps Health in San Diego; TriHealth in Cincinnati; University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison; VCU Health System in Richmond, Va.; and WellStar Health System in Atlanta.