CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwire - June 3, 2010) -  When half a hospital's cost is payroll and the current economic downturn is causing severe operational financial stress, most hospital executives eventually have to explore a reduction in labor costs. But, according to Compass Clinical Consulting's latest whitepaper, "Fresh Thinking About Hospital Productivity," (http://www.compass-clinical.com/wp3-registration) a process-oriented workforce productivity initiative can reduce a hospital's operational costs by three to five percent of payroll within the first 12-months -- while improving staff morale.

AVOID LAYOFFS AT ALL COSTS

"Hospital workforce savings do not have to come from a mass layoff of talent -- in fact, it's often the worse choice and demoralizes staff," says Cary Gutbezahl, MD, co-author of the paper. Hospitals often have problems in just a few sectors of the organization. 

THINK ANEW

New thinking about workforce productivity, case management, lean processes and policies can make dramatic dents in the cost of delivering safe, quality healthcare in a hospital setting. Compass Clinical Consulting has found that when organizations adopt new approaches and attitudes to productivity, they are able to achieve cost reductions that grow over the years -- while improving staff morale and commitment.

ACT ANEW

"Without buy-in to change culture and processes, the likelihood of producing durable productivity improvement is low," says Dr. Gutbezahl. "Leaders should develop a formal, documented plan that addresses the stakeholders affected by change, while also addressing the four major types of resistance to change."

OVERCOME RESISTANCE TO CHANGE

The four major types of resistance to change include:

1. Technical
2. Political
3. Cultural
4. Emotional

To learn more about how to overcome this resistance to change, download "Fresh Thinking About Hospital Productivity."

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Compass Clinical Consulting helps hospitals reduce the cost of providing safe, quality patient care. Founded in 1979 and based in Cincinnati, OH, Compass has helped hundreds of hospitals and health systems prepare for accreditation, optimize labor cost management, manage clinical resources, and improve patient throughput and physician relations.

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