A Look Into the Minds of Hospital Executives


By Dr. Priya Balachandran

At the helm of hospital management, executives constantly grapple with their list of priorities.  “As leaders we are responsible for so many things. Healthcare is such a tough business, that it literally never ends. But out of all our priorities at the top is making people feel like they matter.” says Kevin Vermeer, president and CEO of UnityPoint Health (West Des Moines, Iowa) 1

According to a survey of 1100 healthcare executive’s opinions2, the top priorities for healthcare leadership are the following:


  1. Reducing Costs
  2. Coordinating Services
  3. Patient Care Quality
  4. IT Integration
  5. Innovation
  6. Patient Engagement


Issues such as Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) remain a primary concern as infection prevention strategies have the potential to transcend all of these priorities (except possibly IT integration).

In the best-case scenarios, HAIs are addressed through a combination of intervention methods that are:

  • Cost effective to implement
  • Automated, therefore no additional overhead or compliance issues
  • All encompassing; addressing hard surfaces (bed rails, door knobs, floors etc.), soft surfaces (patient and hospital linens), personnel hygiene (hand hygiene) and other environmental sources of microbes
  • Sustainable and supporting efforts around environmental and antibiotic stewardship

Finding innovative technologies and best practices that can be implemented in an operationally streamlined manner are critical to achieving the goals of the C-Suite.





About the author: Dr. Balachandran joined Applied Silver, Inc. in June 2017.  She brings more than 15 years of scientific, regulatory and business experiences in the area of infectious disease and microbial monitoring. Dr. Balachandran received her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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