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 (3)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Aligning Forces for Quality (2), GE Healthcare (1)

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 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 3/10/2015)
In the not so distant past, telehealth primarily involved a patient in one health care setting talking to a clinician in another. Today, it's that and much more, and it has the potential to change in fundamental ways how patients interact with the health care system.
(Hospitals & Health Networks 1/13/2015)
The concept of getting to value is generating a lot of buzz in health care. But the way to reach that goal - service line management - remains very much behind the scenes.
(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.
(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.
(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 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.