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  Geri Aston
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I am a Chicago-based journalist who has covered health care for 20 years, first as a reporter, then as an editor and now as a freelancer. My specialties are policy reporting, health care quality, hospital issues and general health topics. I'm experienced in news, feature and editorial writing, as well as editing. I'm skilled at taking complex subjects and making them accessible to readers. I can write for any audience, from doctors and hospital CEOs to consumers. I enjoy both hard-hitting pieces and light, consumer-oriented articles. Although health care is my area of expertise, I'm versatile enough to write about almost any subject.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 5 Years
Writer 25 Years
Specialty
Education 2 Years
Government 14 Years
Health 23 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
25 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Hospitals & Health Networks (6-10)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Aligning Forces for Quality (3-5), GE Healthcare (1-2)
Other Work History
American Medical News, government editor, 1999-2008; American Medical News, Washington reporter, 1996-1999; AHA News, reporter, 1992-1996; Vero Beach (FL) Press-Journal, education and general assignment reporter, 1989-1991; St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reporting intern, 1989
Awards
American Society of HealthCare Publication Editors, 2014 Bronze Award, Best Feature Article Series; ASBPE 2014 Silver Regional Award, Editorial Excellence, Feature Series
Associations
Association of Health Care Journalists
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Chicago, IL. I am willing to travel locally. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
(Hospitals & Health Networks, 7/8/2014)
Critics say efforts to combat obesity have been anemic and uncoordinated. That's changing as hospitals embrace new strategies and new partners - from schools to professional football teams.
(Hospitals & Health Networks, 3/11/2014)
A new type of operating room allows breakthrough surgical and interventional procedures. Hospitals are overcoming cost, design challenges and turf wars among medical specialists challenges.
(Hospitals & Health Networks, 12/1/2013)
New and emerging treatment plans are abandoning long-held ideas and becoming much more targeted to diabetes patients' individual needs. But a personalized approach could make quality measurement and pay-for-performance more complicated.
(Hospitals & Health Networks, 7/1/2013)
The effort to prevent early elective deliveries is just one of many quality initiatives in which hospitals with labor and delivery units are engaging not only to improve patient care, but to keep pace with a payment system that is shifting from payment for volume to payment for value.
(Economist Intelligence Unit, 11/1/2010)
Healthcare systems and governments worldwide are trying to curb rising costs while improving patient care and outcomes. This has led to a growing interest in healthcare integration. Supporters of integration say that, properly managed, it can yield a healthier population and save money.
(Hospitals & Health Networks, 4/1/2010)
The next decade is expected to bring a raft of medical advances that not only will vastly improve patient care but change how that care is delivered. This article delves into clinical advancements predicted in diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
(Hospitals & Health Networks, 11/1/2009)
The $1.1 billion in new federal funding for comparative effectiveness research presents opportunities but also challenges for hospitals. The federal government has made it clear that hospitals must play a role in conducting the research and ensuring that the findings make their way into practice.