College of Du Page's  President Dr. Breuder visited and role-played with students in the Nursing lab at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18 2013. Dr. Breuder also interacted with the students in the classroom. 
(Photo for College of DuPage by James C. Svehla)

Hospital Communication Quality Index: The Best Hospitals for Patient-Provider Communication

Communication: the most taken-for-granted healthcare indicator

If you’ve ever scanned Yelp reviews of doctors, you’ve definitely read about people’s office experiences: wait times, office staff personality, how the doctor spoke to them. Research shows patients who understand and feel respected by their providers have better outcomes. Yes, you read that right: patients do better when their doctors prioritize and excel at communication.

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Farmers Market Index: Top Cities for Community-Oriented Markets

In recognition of National Farmers Market week (the first full week in August), we decided to take a closer look at where farmers markets are doing the most good in their local communities.

By providing a space for direct to consumer sales of freshly grown local vegetables, both farmers and shoppers benefit. We realize every farmers market has a positive impact on a community, and we wanted to see where farmers markets are going above and beyond – by accepting WIC credits, SNAP dollars, providing fresh foods to lower-income elderly populations, and including more than just farmers in the micro economies but also contributing cultural value as a place for artists to showcase their arts and crafts.

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 27, 2011) Capt. Beth Jaklic, left, and Cmdr. Eric Gessler perform an open appendectomy on Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Mikhail Grigoryev aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Grigoryev  was airlifted from the guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) for the surgery. Comfort is the primary platform for Continuing Promise 2011, a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to the Caribbean, Central and South America. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric C. Tretter/Released)

Top Hospitals for Emergency Heart Attack Care

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. On average, 3 million Americans suffer a heart attack every year. Because of that staggering number, we decided to investigate which hospitals are becoming expert at treating them and how they’re doing it.

We wanted to find the best places to go for emergency heart attack care should you ever have the misfortune to have a heart attack.

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How to Save Money While Getting the Best Care

Do you need a procedure that will require a hospital visit? Are you dreading the price, or the hunt for the right doctor?

At BetterDoctor we’re in the business of healthcare transparency. We like helping people find the right care, the right provider and all of it at the right price. To help you out, we’ve developed a three-step plan to getting the best, most appropriate care for your hospital procedure.

There are three things you can do to save money and put your mind at ease before your operation: Get a good doctor, shop around and know your rights.

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Governador Jaques Wagner inaugura obras no municÌpio de Porto Seguro.
Na foto: InauguraÁ„o do Hospital Municipal de Porto Seguro.
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Hospitals with the Worst Readmission Numbers, Complications and Deaths

Looking for care from one of these hospitals? Maybe reconsider.

For patients in need of serious care, setting foot in the right hospital can be the difference between life and death.

We found 29 hospitals across the country that underperform in more than five categories Medicare tracks including stroke death rates, collapsed lungs due to medical treatments, 30-day mortality rates for heart failure, pneumonia, and heart attacks, serious blood clots after surgery and accidental cuts and tears from medical equipment – among others.

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