As a leading national locum tenens agency, Barton Associates is committed to providing top-quality physicians and nurse practitioners to first-rate hospitals and practices nationwide. We are also committed to providing physicians, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals with resources to make their jobs easier as well as insights into the latest industry trends via our Barton Blog.
Here we wanted to highlight hospitals and healthcare organizations that share our vision of providing valuable information, advice, and resources to colleagues and patients. We scoured the internet and identified our top 10 favorite hospital blogs based on their frequency of posts, variety of content, layout, and engagement with readers. Each of the following blogs provides compelling, fresh content that any healthcare professional should have bookmarked. We call them Barton’s Best.
Health Hub – Brigham and Women’s Hospital
There are a lot of exciting things happening at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and the Health Hub blog is a great way for patients and fellow healthcare providers to keep up. The Health Hub includes posts about new procedures being performed at BWH as well as the innovative research being conducted.
“The goal of our blog is educate, inform and inspire consumers so they can live healthier lives. Our HealthHub blog brings consumers the inside stories on a range of health topics, including tips for healthier living, interviews with our medical experts, profiles of our patients, insights into the latest medical research and more.”
– Jamie Rauscher, Project Manager, Marketing and Planning, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Read more at the Health Hub Blog.
Kids’ Health Blog – Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
The Kids’ Health Blog is a resource for parents who want practical advice on how to keep kids healthy. Readers can take a #TwitterTour of the new Mother Baby Center, read stories written by former patients, and learn more about the healthcare organization’s staff via their new Five Question Friday feature. Say that five times fast.
“Inside the halls and walls of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we have powerful patient stories every day about lives being saved, changed, and touched. We also have incredible expertise in pediatric healthcare that is second to none. Our Kids’ Health Blog brings these stories to life and serves as a smart, credible resource for families with the ultimate goal of improving kids’ health.”
– Brady Gervais, Social Media Specialist, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Read more at the Kids’ Health Blog.
Teenology 101 – Seattle Children’s
Raising a teenager is almost as hard as being a teenager. Luckily Seattle Children’s department of adolescent medicine created the Teenology 101 blog to assist families in surviving the tumultuous teen years. The blog covers touchy subjects like teen drinking, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections and offers tips for talking to your teen.
“Being the parent of a teen is full of joys and challenges. In clinic, families often ask for ideas on how to talk with their teen about a variety of issues. We launched Teenology 101 to provide tips for parents on everything from media and Internet to more difficult topics like talking about sex and drugs.”
– Yolanda Evans, MD, MPH and Jen Brown, RN, BSN
Read more at the Teenology 101 blog.
Cincinnati Children’s Blog
The Cincinnati Children’s Blog has a variety of posts that cover everything from the clinical to the whimsical. On the clinical side, the blog’s “The Universe Within” feature explores the incredible world of cells that exists inside the human body. If you’re looking for fun, the blog’s “Pin of the Week” highlights crafts that parents can do with their kids.
“Our blog seeks to inform, inspire and encourage families by telling the many remarkable stories we see every day here at Cincinnati Children’s. Occasionally, our stories come from the incredible doctors, nurses and other caregivers here. But, more often than not, our stories are those of the courageous patients and families whom we are so proud to serve.”
– Kate Kossmann Setter, Media Relations Associate, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Read more at the Cincinnati Children’s Blog.
Strength – Indiana University Health
Indiana University Health’s blog, Strength, features updates and advice from each of the healthcare organization’s departments including transplant, cancer, ENT, and much more. Strength also includes great wellness information for pain management, healthy eating, and, of course, exercise.
“Strength, the blog of Indiana University Health, empowers readers to make informed decisions about their health by providing accurate and actionable information. We connect e-patients with physicians, share leading-edge research, and discuss innovative treatments.”
– Joanna L Woerner, Social Media Consultant, Indiana University Health
Read more at the Strength blog.
Mayo Clinic News Blog – Mayo Clinic
It’s no surprise Mayo Clinic made our list. The organization is known for being on the cutting edge of technology and information. The Mayo Clinic News Blog is a resources for customers and patients, providing perspective on medical news and research and making it meaningful to them.
Read more at the Mayo Clinic News Blog.
Breakthroughs – City of Hope
The Breakthroughs blog is dedicated to providing valuable information about cancer treatment, research, and education. Readers can find powerful patient stories, synopses of recent research studies, and articles that bust cancer myths.
Read more at the Breakthroughs blog.
Every Kid Counts – Dayton Children’s
Every Kid Counts is a well-organized blog containing lots of helpful information for parents. Categories include Parenting, Children’s Health, Nutrition, and Dr. Mom, among others. Readers can also browse posts according to their children’s ages: Infants, Little Kids, Big Kids, and Teens. A standout post is titled, “Do mommy bloggers share too much?” cautions parents not to share too much information about their children on the internet.
Read more at Every Kid Counts.
Advancing Your Health – Emory Healthcare
The Advancing Your Health blog is a true multimedia experience. Not only will you find informative blog posts about weight management, cancer, and cardiovascular conditions, you can also watch videos of Emory Healthcare’s physicians explaining injuries and treatments. Our favorite feature is the live chats with Emory Doctors, which give community an opportunity to interact in real time with physicians on the Web.
Read more at the Advancing Your Health blog.
Thriving – Boston Children’s Hospital
The Thriving blog includes thoughts and perspectives from the Boston Children’s Hospital staff on many topics such as childhood obesity, kids’ safety, and pediatric ailments. However, the most popular posts are stories about the children treated at the facility and the dedicated staff that cares for them.
Read more at the Thriving blog.