HealthLeaders Media HR - December 29, 2008 | 'Employee Partnership' Pushes Engagement
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'Employee Partnership'
Pushes Engagement

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Press Ganey & Associates says hospitals need to do a better job understanding what employees want. With that in mind, the healthcare quality monitor this month introduced a new "Employee Partnership" model that focuses less on recruiting gimmicks and more on employee engagement. [Read More]
  December 29, 2008

 
Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Executive Director
Vermont Health Care Association, Berlin, VT. The Executive Director is responsible for representing members to state agencies, in the legislature and in the advocacy community statewide . . . [Read More]

CEO/Administrator
HealthSouth, Houston. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Hospital. This position is accountable for planning organizing and directing the hospital . . . [Read More]

Chief Nursing Officer
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Roslindale, MA. The Chief Nursing Officer is responsible for the administrative and clinical functions of the nursing department and is accountable for the compliance for all federal and state regulations . . . [Read More]

Chief Nursing Officer
Forrest City Medical Center, Forrest City, AR. The Chief Nursing Officer is responsible for providing leadership to nurse employees that will enroll their support and create ownership of goals . . . [Read More]

Chief Medical Officer
Provena Health, Kankakee, IL. The Chief Medical Officer works in conjunction with other members of senior management, elected officers, and appointed representatives of the medical staff . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
Houston hospital strikes out Roger Clemens
It's been a rough year for Roger Clemens, the embattled pitcher who in the course of a year has gone from a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer to a pariah and poster child for the era of performance-enhancing drugs. He gave $3 million to Memorial Hermann Hospital Health Care System in Houston. To show its appreciation, the hospital christened the Roger Clemens Institute for Sports Medicine, which opened in January 2007. But the healthcare system announced last week that it will no longer carry the embattled pitching great's name. The facility will be renamed the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute. In a statement, the hospital said the decision to take off Clemens' name was made "to better reflect its commitment to all sports and athletes" and that "the move reflects the desire to promote the broad range of sports medicine services and programs offered by Memorial Hermann." Memorial Hermann did not say if it would return Clemens' $3 million gift. [Read More]
New law to end mandatory OT for PA nurses
Nurses and other medical professionals in Pennsylvania will no longer be forced to routinely work overtime. Under a new law, which goes into effect in July 2009, healthcare facilities will be prohibited, with few exceptions, from forcing nurses and certain other healthcare staffers to work beyond their scheduled shifts. Supporters of the legislation say it is aimed at improving patient safety. Deborah Bond, director of the Nurse Alliance of Pennsylvania of the Service Employees International Union, put it this way: "A tired nurse isn't a safe nurse. We know that. It's a matter of making the decision to stop putting patients at risk." [Read More]
Former hospital employee arrested for identity theft, fraud
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that more than 1,000 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center had their personal information taken by a former employee in the hospital's billing department, who allegedly used the identities to steal from insurance companies at least $69,000. The hospital warned affected patients in a letter sent last week that their information had been found during a search of the former employee's home, and patients were urged to monitor their credit reports and to notify the district attorney's office if they noticed anything unusual. The allegations against James Allen Wilson, 44, of Los Angeles, mark the latest in a series of privacy breaches at area hospitals, where staffers have been caught peeking at the files of celebrities as well as their co-workers and friends. Allen apparently had legitimate access to the patients' records for billing purposes, but did not have permission to take identifying information home. [Read More]
Obama stimulus plan targets healthcare infrastructure
With the nation's economic outlook worsening, seemingly, by the week, President-elect Obama has expanded his stimulus package. That could be good news for healthcare. For starters, states are expected to get an additional $100 million from the federal government to cover rising Medicaid costs, which are the result of more people losing their jobs and private health insurance. Now, the Obama team is talking about investing $350 million in the nation's infrastructure. And while a good bit of that money will go to repair roads and bridges, Obama transition team members say they're also planning to provide funding to upgrade hospital healthcare technology. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
Oakland: Kaiser Permanente names Ohman VP for Health Plans
Christopher Ohman has joined Kaiser Permanente as senior vice president, Health Plan Operations, for the organization's regions outside of California. Ohman begins his new role effective Feb. 2, 2009. He comes to Kaiser Permanente after having served as president and CEO of the California Association of Health Plans, a trade association representing 40 health plans. Ohman replaces Peter Andruszkiewicz, who earlier this year was named president of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. [Read More]

Jacksonville: Sim named administrator of Baptist Medical Center Beaches
Edward Sim, vice president of operations at Baptist Medical Center, has been named as incoming administrator of Baptist Medical Center Beaches. On February 1, 2009, Sim will assume the hospital's top administrative leadership position, currently held by Baptist Beaches Administrator Mark Slyter. Sim has been a member of Baptist Health's senior leadership for more than three years. He previously served as chief business development officer at North Fulton Regional, a Tenet Hospital in Roswell, GA. [Read More]

Sacramento: Shewry to lead new CA connected health initiative
Sandra Shewry, the former director of the California Department of Health Care Services, has been named to director of the newly created California Center for Connected Health. The CCCH, which begins operations January 2, 2009, was created to expand and coordinate telehealth initiatives across the Golden State. [Read More]

Santa Clara, CA: Butler retires as CEO of Santa Clara Family Health Plan
Santa Clara Family Health Plan announced that Leona M. Butler, CEO since 1997, will be retiring as of December 31. Butler will continue as "CEO Emerita" for a year after her retirement from her full-time position, to assist the SCFHP board with external and legislative issues. [Read More]

Tonawanda, NY: Kenmore Mercy gets new CEO
Starting next year, Kenmore Mercy Hospital will have a new leader. On January 5, 2009, James Millard, current president and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga, will become president and CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Millard will succeed Mary Hoffman, who announced earlier this month that she is leaving Kenmore Mercy Hospital to take a position with Lawley Benefits Group. [Read More]

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