Top 50 Hospital Blogs

by Linda on September 21, 2009

Have you wished that the hospital you worked for or the one where you were a patient would blog about their news and about items that addressed community health care? In our search for the top 50 hospital blogs, we were lucky to find a handful that were addressing those issues on an updated basis. The other hand was filled with CEOs who have begun to blog about hospital and political health policy issues. In between, we discovered many other blogs from people who worked at hospitals or who were former patients who were building patient advocacy sites.

The list below is categorized and links are listed alphabetically within each category. We realize that many hospital sites exist, but the lists below contain only blogs, and only those blogs that have been updated since the first week in August 2009. Many other hospital blogs exist that have not updated since that time.

Hospital Blogs

  1. Beyond Vermont State Hospital (VSH) Blog: This blog addresses the future of VSH and the community’s mental health system.
  2. Porter Adventist Hospital: This blog is filled with entries from Porter physicians, and Dr. Dianne McCallister, CMO, has offered to respond to popular topics and comments. Porter and other Centura Health organizations serve people throughout the metro Denver area, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, CaƱon City, and several mountain communities.
  3. Save Charity Hospital: Charity Hospital in New Orleans was one of the oldest continuously operating hospitals in the world until it was closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The bloggers’ mission at this site is to save Charity Hospital to serve residents rather than build an entirely new complex.
  4. Knoxville Hospital and Clinics Blog: Located in south-central Iowa, this blog offers information about the hospital’s philosophy as well as health information and news.
  5. Lexington Medical Center: This is the official hospital blog for the Lexington Medical Center, located in Lexington, South Carolina.
  6. Morningside Hospital: The purpose of this blog is to share information about Morningside Hospital, the people who were sent there from Alaska for mental health services, and the story of the politicians who pursued the Congressional battle to change the way Alaska territorial citizens received mental health services.
  7. OSF St. Joseph Medical Center: Located in Bloomington, Illinois, this hospital is part of the OSF HealthCare System.
  8. Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley: This blog represents a growing health care system located in California. Although you can watch construction through their live Webcam, you also can get a glimmer of health policies and more through a vast social media outreach program initiated by this Sutter Health affiliate.
  9. Virginia Hospital Center: Located in Arlington, Virginia, this hospital blog is new and lacks material, but the entered substance shows promise.

Children’s Hospital Blogs

  1. Children’s Hospital and Health System: This blog belongs to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, which serves Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and beyond with information about the health system and news about children’s health.
  2. Thrive: Children’s Hospital Boston blog is devoted to all things pediatric health care and scientific research. They help consumers and reporters touch base with some of the world’s foremost experts on topics from sleep problems to autism genetics.

Specialized Hospital Blogs

  1. Endocrine Metabolic Medical Center Blog: J. Joseph Prendergast, a practicing physician for over 30 years and board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as Endocrinology and Metabolism, writes this blog.
  2. MV Hospital: M.V Hospital for Diabetes is located in India and currently has 100 beds for the treatment of diabetes and its complications. This blog covers news and treatment outlooks.
  3. Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital of Chicago Blog: A number of this hospital’s doctors focus on news, progress and information about the hospital, including information on neurosurgery, joint replacements, musculoskeletal disorders and more.
  4. Science Life: is a guide to the changing world of biomedicine, as seen from the perspective of writers at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Working at Hospitals Blogs

  1. Aggravated DocSurg: A blog written by a general surgeon, husband, father, Ronald Reagan fan, crossword puzzle fanatic, wine lover, and coffee guzzler.
  2. Clinical Cases and Images Blog: Various health experts talk about various health conditions, treatments and tools.
  3. European Hospital Pharmacy Blog: Learn more about the European pharmaceutical industry through this blog, written by a hospital pharmacist who focuses on EU health issues.
  4. DB’s Medical Rants: Dr. Robert M. Centor is an academic general internist at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, serves as the Associate Dean for the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus of UASOM, and also is a frequent ward attending at the Birmingham VA Hospital.
  5. Flobach Republic: This blog is written by a paramedic student who is “way too keen in the sphere of pre-hospital care” in western Australia.
  6. KevinMD: Kevin Pho, a primary care doctor board-certified in Internal Medicine, writes a blog that Wall St. Journal states is “punchy, prolific…that chronicles America’s often dysfunctional health care system…”
  7. Notes of an Anesthesioboist: This doctor focuses on the literary aspects of medicine and hospital care and has won an award for her efforts.
  8. Random Acts of Reality: An EMT in London who works for the London Ambulance Service writes about “trying to kill as few people as possible.”
  9. Social Hospital: Social Hospital was founded by a hospital CFO who sees tremendous value in the usage of social media tools to build relationships with the communities that hospitals serve.
  10. St Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst – Male Nurses: Peter trained as a nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst, Australia, in 1975 and remains as an employee. This blog covers personal insights as well as news and information about his career and health issues.
  11. The Happy Hospitalist: A board-certified internist who works only in the hospital environment offers his take on running, politics, working at a hospital and more with this blog.

Hospital Association Blogs

  1. Hospital Association of Southern California: This hospital association consists of 157 hospitals in a region that covers six counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino. The blog provides readers with public policy development and advocacy, education and the latest technical and industry information and products and services.
  2. Iowa Hospital Association: IHA is a voluntary membership organization that represents hospital and health system interests such as health policy, health care payment systems and health care delivery to business, government and consumer audiences.
  3. MHA News Now: This blog focuses on the Mississippi Hospital Association news updates and information about what the hospital association offers. The MHA also offers News Around the State and several other blogs and sites for employer, members and consumers.

Hospital CEO Blogs

  1. Hospital Life: Marty Bonick, President and CEO of Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY, offers his perspectives on “life, work, and everything in between…”
  2. Leading the Way to Medical Excellence: McLeod’s diverse array of services strives to meet South Carolina’s Pee Dee region’s healthcare needs. Rob colones, President and CEO, leads the way with this blog.
  3. Let’s Talk Health Care; Bruce Bullen, Interim CEO for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a non-profit company providing comprehensive health benefits solutions in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire, is a conversation about the face of changing health care from the perspective of service.
  4. More Than Medicine: Tom Quin, President & CEO of Community General Hospital in Syracuse, New York, provides his insights into hospital progress, philosophies and news.
  5. Roper on Health: This blog is offered by William L. Roper, MD, MPH
    CEO, University of North Carolina Health Care System. He focuses on health policy, science and news.
  6. Running a Hospital: Possibly one of the most popular and candid hospital CEO blogs. Mr. Levy, President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, is forthright in his outlook and covers many issues that could pertain to any hospital.
  7. St. Joseph Medical Center: Scott Kashman is ex-officio CEO for St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland. He talks about hospital news, and takes an upbeat philosophy to encourage personnel as well as other readers.
  8. Todd’s Perspective: Todd Linden is president and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center, an 81-bed, private non-profit hospital in Grinnell, Iowa. This blog focuses on hospital philosophies, news and carries guest entries as well.

Blogs About and For Hospitals

  1. EMEA Hospital Post: This blog reflects information published in Hospital Post EMEA, which addresses decision makers in European, Middle East and African hospitals.
  2. Health Business Blog: David E. Williams, co-founder of MedPharma Partners LLC, strategy consultant in technology enabled health care services, pharma, biotech, and medical devices, offers this blog about business issues in health care.
  3. Hospital DR: Based in the UK, this site provides a daily information service for all doctors who work in secondary care. Medical and political issues are the mainstay, and the link leads to blogs written for this site.
  4. Hospital Impact: This blog is dedicated to providing information for current and emerging hospital leaders, thinkers and enablers. The blog’s mission is to answer the question, “What will it take for hospitals to be the best run organizations on the face of the planet?”
  5. Hospital Marketing Journal: Ten Adams is a national healthcare marketing firm that focuses exclusively on hospitals and healthcare services.
  6. Nick Jacobs: Formerly “Ask a Hospital President,” Jacobs has stepped down, written the book, Taking the Hell Out of Healthcare, and re-focused his blog to look at health policies.
  7. Patient Safety Monitor Blog: This blog is written by the people at HCPro, a provider of critical information, tools, and training on compliance, regulation and management for the healthcare industry.
  8. Supporting Safer Healthcare: News and information for those who work in healthcare administration, including medical staff leadership, patient safety, quality, accreditation, compliance, risk management, law, and provider credentialing.

For Patients

  1. Bedside Manner: Julia Rosen, Executive Director of The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center in Boston, provides a blog that makes a connection between doctors, patients and compassionate care.
  2. Josie King Foundation: This blog is based upon the new book, Josie’s Story, that was written about a child who died from severe deydration and misused narcotics at Johns Hopkins. While the blog focuses on the book, the rest of the site focuses on patient safety for consumers.
  3. Patient Power: Andrew Schorr, leukemia survivor and patient advocate, keeps a focus on patient care with his blog.
  4. Patient Safety Blog – Telling Our Stories: This blog is about patient safety, medical malpractice, staying healthy, and preventing future errors.
  5. Wounded Warriors: This blog covers veterans’ stories from sources such as the McClatchy Washington Bureau.

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