Taking Steps to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Opioid use and overdoses continue to make headlines. But even with the more recent push for better awareness, usage is still on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two out of three drug overdose deaths involve an opioid. How did it get to this point where the use of opioids … Continued

The Case for Mental Health First Aid

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year. That means it’s more likely you’ll encounter a person experiencing emotional or mental distress than a person having a heart attack. Many of us are trained in CPR – but not … Continued

Raising the Bar on Safe Care in Hospitals

Many people assume safe care in hospitals is a given. But the truth is it requires diligent effort from every member of the care team to ensure successful patient outcomes. There are many ways to measure safe care. You can look at length of hospital stay, readmissions, infections that develop while in the hospital, number … Continued

Elevating the Patient Experience

Many healthcare organizations talk about providing patient-centered care. But what does that really mean? At Edward-Elmhurst health, we believe it begins with empowering people to take part in the healthcare experience. From the start, Edward-Elmhurst Health has embraced patient-centered care. In fact, Edward Hospital was one of the first hospitals in DuPage County to provide … Continued