HealthLeaders Media HR - January 5, 2009 | Resolve to Help Employees Lose Weight
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Resolve to Help
Employees Lose Weight

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

It's that special time of the year when people managers across the nation and in every industry face millions of holiday-bloated employees requesting weight-loss programs and diet-friendly cafeteria options. Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC, hopes to capitalize on employees' resolution-fueled demand for healthier, lighter fare with its "Better Choices" nutrition program. [Read More]
  January 5, 2009

 
Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

President
NC Healthcare Quality Alliance, Charlotte, NC. This highly visible position will direct a multi-stakeholder healthcare quality improvement initiative with an annual budget of approximately $1-2 million dollars . . . [Read More]

Health Information Management Director
Twin Creeks Hospital, Allen, TX. This position is responsible for the daily operations of the medical records and HIM department of the hospital. This includes ensuring proper assembly and maintenance of all medical records . . . [Read More]

Chief Nurse Executive
Provena Health, Chicago. Has the overall responsibility for the design, development and implementation of systems and processes to provide and improve clinical services of Provena Mercy Medical Center . . . [Read More]

Assistant Chief Financial Officer
Vista Health System, Waukegan, IL. The Assistant Chief Financial Officer will participate in the financial and functional decision-making processes necessary for the successful attainment of the hospital's mission . . . [Read More]

Clinical Information Manager
Adventist HealthCare, Rockville, MD. The Clinical Information Manager (CIM) is a member of the leadership team in the Office of the Chief Information Officer . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
Children's hospital taps music's healing powers
The Associated Press is running a story about an inspiring program Deep in the Heart of Texas. It's called Purple Songs Can Fly, a unique program at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, that gives patients a chance to record their own songs in a fully equipped recording studio at the hospital. More than 116 songs have been recorded since Purple Songs began in March 2006 as part of the cancer center's Arts in Medicine program. Some of the recordings have been featured on audio tracks aboard Continental Airlines flights, and flown into space aboard the space shuttle. [Read More]
General surgeon shortage endangers rural America
The Washington Post had a good general interest story last week about the lack of general surgeons in rural America. This really isn't news to people inside the hospital industry, but it can only help when more people outside the hospital industry understand the significance of the problem. Most people don't even know the nation faces a physician shortage until they need a physician and can't find one. The Post offers a chilling statistic to put it into perspective: "In 1980, 945 newly trained general surgeons were certified in the United States. In 2008, the number was essentially the same—972—even though the population has increased by 79 million. In 1994 there were 7.1 general surgeons per 100,000 people. Today there are five per 100,000." [Read More]
Texas physician named Staff Care's 'Country Doctor of the Year'
And speaking of country doctors . . . For more than 50 years, David Watson, MD, has literally given his blood, sweat, and tears to the tiny community of Yoakum, TX. When an obstetrics patient at Yoakum General Hospital needed a transfusion of O-negative blood, Watson rolled up his sleeve. When floods washed out the roads, he grabbed his doctor's bag and hopped on a tractor to tend to a sick neighbor in a visit that is called a "house call." For his decades of service to a grateful community, Doc Watson has been named Country Doctor of the Year by Staff Works. [Read More]
AARP survey finds down economy impacts health
Here's some depressing news from AARP. A new survey found that many Americans are reporting health problems that they're blaming on financial stress. In addition, many have had to either delay or cancel doctor appointments or put off or do without prescription drugs because of financial difficulties. If most every economic forecast I've read so far is correct, look for this issue to get significantly worse in 2009. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
PHILLIPSBURG, NJ: Warren Hospital names Litz new CEO
Trustees at Phillipsburg, NJ-based Warren Hospital have selected Thomas Litz as the next president and CEO. Litz will succeed Jeffrey Goodwin, who retired. Litz began work at the Roseberry Street hospital this week. Litz has worked around the country, including stints as chief executive of hospitals in Rochester, NY, and Birmingham, AL. Most recently, Litz served as corporate vice president of Integris Health in Oklahoma City. [Read More]

ST. PETERSBURG: HCA's Northside & TBHI welcome CEO
HCA?s Northside Hospital & Tampa Bay Heart Institute have named Stephen Daugherty as CEO. Daugherty joins the Northside team from South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center where he has served as CEO for nearly three years. His career with HCA spans almost two decades. His new role as CEO at Northside Hospital & Tampa Bay Heart Institute will establish his responsibilities to include medical and professional staff development, budgetary oversight, organizational strategy improvements and day-to-day facility operations. [Read More]

BELLEVILLE, IL: Miller named COO at St. Elizabeth's Hospital
Longtime hospital employee Bob Miller has been appointed COO of St. Elizabeth?s Hospital in Belleville, IL. He first began working at the hospital part time as a housekeeping aide in 1974. He returned to the hospital in 1987 to work as a supervisor of Central Services. In 1998, he was named director of human resources and was promoted to administrative director of human resources in 2003. [Read More]

From HealthLeaders Magazine
20 People Who Make Healthcare Better


In our annual HealthLeaders 20, we offer profiles of individuals who are making a difference in today's complex healthcare world. [Read More]
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