Geri Aston

Chicago, IL USA

Professional Experience

I am a Chicago-based journalist who has covered health care for more than 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.


5 Years
25 Years


2 Years
14 Years
23 Years


Newspaper - Community
2 Years
Association publication
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


American Society of HealthCare Publication Editors, 2014 Bronze Award, Best Feature Article Series; ASBPE 2014 Silver Regional Award, Editorial Excellence, Feature Series


Association of Health Care Journalists

Work Samples


(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 5/11/2015)
The hectic, stressful nature of the typical emergency department makes it a less-than-ideal setting for mental health care. Nevertheless, hospital EDs have become a major component of the nation’s de facto behavioral health system. Here’s a look at innovative approaches hospitals are taking to improve care and access for patients with behavioral health concerns.
(Hospitals & Health Networks 7/14/2015)
State systems of stroke care bring hospitals, paramedics and others together to improve outcomes.
(Hospitals & Health Networks 4/4/2016)
Nearly 100 million electronic health records were compromised in 2015. Now hospitals are stepping up their game -- using a combination of technology, policy and training to lessen the chances that bad actors will succeed.
(GE Healthcare Forward Thinking 10/9/2015)
The merger and acquisition boom in the hospital market looks a bit like a feeding frenzy as institutions consolidate to try to adapt to rapid changes in their industry. But just as the word “frenzy” implies, hospitals and health systems aren’t all applying logic in their deal-making.
(Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Aligning Forces for Quality 11/1/2014)
An innovative diabetes care initiative in Western New York is using the power of suggestion to help patients embrace better diets and healthier lifestyles.
(Economist Intelligence Unit/KPMG 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.