Read more about fi­nance at our new blog “Of In­ter­est”

New blog de­buts on ModernHealth­care.com; mag­a­zine awards rolling in

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W e’ll now take a brief com­mer­cial break to tell you about some things go­ing on at Mod­ern Health­care.

First, this past week we un­veiled our new health­care fi­nance blog, “Of In­ter­est,” on our web­site, Mod­ern Health­care.com. Writ­ten by Melanie Evans, our New York bureau chief and lead fi­nance re­porter, “Of In­ter­est” will cover how health­care providers make, spend, bor­row and in­vest money. The blog will pro­vide our read­ers with easy ac­cess to fi­nance tools and re­sources to make do­ing all that a lit­tle less stress­ful and, ide­ally, more profitable. It also will pro­vide a fo­rum for mon­ey­minded health­care ex­ec­u­tives to share their opin­ions, sug­ges­tions and guid­ance.

In her lat­est post, Evans writes about a hos­pi­tal in the North­east that put a ma­jor con­struc­tion project on hold be­cause of the fi­nan­cial un­cer­tainty of health­care re­form, which, in the­ory, is sup­posed to flood hos­pi­tal cof­fers with rev­enue from newly in­sured pa­tients. To read the post, please go to modernhealth­care.com/blogs/of-in­ter­est.

Sec­ond, we’re pleased to an­nounce that we’ve been hon­ored with six awards from the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Health­care Pub­li­ca­tion Editors for our work in 2009. We re­ceived:

One Gold Award for Best Pro­file (“A fresh ap­proach,” Nov. 2). And five Sil­ver Awards, one each for Best Spe­cial Re­port/Sec­tion (“M&A: An up­side to a down mar­ket,” Jan. 19); Best Sin­gle News Ar­ti­cle (“Uni­fied, yes; united, no,” Dec. 14); Best News Sec­tion (“The Week in Health­care”); Best Fea­ture Ar­ti­cle Se­ries (“Pro­duc­tiv­ity mat­ters,” April 27; May 25; and June 22); Best Fea­ture Ar­ti­cle (“The cost of murder,” Nov. 30).

We’re also pleased to an­nounce that we’ve been hon­ored with a pres­ti­gious Sigma Delta Chi Award for ex­cel­lence in jour­nal­ism from the So­ci­ety of Pro­fes­sional Jour­nal­ists. Mod­ern Health­care won for In­for­ma­tional Graph­ics in the nondaily pub­li­ca­tion cat­e­gory for our 2009-2010 By the Num­bers sup­ple­ment pub­lished Dec. 21. And fi­nally, nom­i­na­tions are now open for Mod­ern Health­care’s 24th an­nual Up & Com­ers recog­ni­tion pro­gram. The pro­gram, co-spon­sored by Witt/Ki­ef­fer, an Oak Brook, Ill.-based ex­ec­u­tive search firm, hon­ors ris­ing young stars in the health­care man­age­ment field.

Nom­i­nees must be 40 years of age or younger as of the July 5 sub­mis­sion dead­line. To par­tic­i­pate in this year’s pro­gram, please sub­mit the can­di­date’s re­sume along with a let­ter of no more than three dou­ble-spaced pages out­lin­ing the nom­i­nee’s cre­den­tials, ac­com­plish­ments and lead­er­ship qual­i­ties. Each sub­mis­sion must in­clude a color photo of the nom­i­nee as well as his or her age.

Please send the ma­te­ri­als to Up & Com­ers, c/o David Burda, edi­tor, Mod­ern Health­care, 360 N. Michi­gan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60601. Elec­tronic sub­mis­sions are wel­come at dburda@modernhealth­care.com.

Af­ter the re­cip­i­ents are an­nounced and pro­filed in the Sept. 13 is­sue, nom­i­na­tion ma­te­ri­als may be used by spon­sors for mar­ket­ing pur­poses. Per ed­i­to­rial pol­icy, spon­sors are not in­volved in the judg­ing or de­ter­mi­na­tion of award re­cip­i­ents.

Last year’s hon­orees, cho­sen from a pool of 139 nom­i­nees, were pro­filed in the Sept. 14, 2009 is­sue.

Again, the dead­line for sub­mis­sions is July 5; win­ners will be an­nounced and pro­filed in the Sept. 13 is­sue. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Edi­tor David Burda at dburda@modernhealth­care.com or 312-649-5439.

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