HealthLeaders Media HR - January 26, 2009 | Get Ready for Big Labor's Big Push
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Get Ready for Big Labor's Big Push
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The election of Barack Obama as president and the power shift in Congress towards Democrats means that organized labor will have new friends in high places. That, coupled with Americans' anxiety over the state of the economy and their own threatened job security, could usher in a new expansion for organized labor, with union membership potentially growing by the millions across all industrial sectors—including healthcare. [Read More]
  January 26, 2009

 
Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Executive Director/Vice President
Provena Health, Mokena, IL. This position is responsible and accountable for the operational and financial performance of Provena Medical Group. Leads and directs employed medical practices . . . [Read More]

Chief Financial Officer
Michiana BHC, Plymouth, IN. The CFO is responsible for the overall financial administration of the facility, including general accounting, data processing . . . [Read More]

Chief Financial Officer
West Florida Supply Chain Services, Largo, FL. The CFO will manage accounting, accounts payable, information systems, and internal control departments to ensure their top performance . . . [Read More]

Clinical Nurse Manager
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison. The Clinical Nurse Manager directs the planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care programs . . . [Read More]

Chief Nursing Officer
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Brookfield, WI. Responsible for providing leadership, management, and direction to the profession of nursing quality of care, Clinical Excellence . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
The Dumb Things That CEOs Do
"Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain is just the latest CEO to demonstrate a spectacular disconnection from the real-world consequences of an economy gone bad," writes HealthLeaders Media Editor-in-Chief Jim Molpus in our new Lead Time blog. Thain was tossed out of the merged Merrill/Bank of America after fourth-quarter losses were pegged at $15.31 billion, and amidst disclosures that millions in bonuses to Merrill executives were accelerated to take place before the deal with BofA closed three weeks ago. There are also reports that Thain refurbished his office for more than $1 million and paid his personal driver more than $200,000 per year. In an era of increasing scrutiny, regulation and transparency, Molpus cautions that a hospital CEO's country club membership looks very bad to the average American. "Excess is in the eye of the customer, and anything that looks lavish can bring down even those most secure," Molpus writes. [Read More]
Hospital Finance 101: How hospitals get paid
This column by Princeton Prof. Uwe E. Reinhardt doesn't explain anything new to the hospital professionals. But it provides a nice window into public perception of how hospitals work. Reinhardt does a good job breaking down how hospitals get paid and why, for example, private plans or payers tend to be billed more that government payers. Even more interesting than Reinhardt's tutorial, however, are reader responses. It is a lesson in what people can read into a story, whatever suits them. Some readers arguing that the convoluted way hospitals get paid demonstrates why we need a healthcare free market, with no government involvement. Other readers say that's exactly why we need single-payer. [Read More]
Boston group says hospitals aren't paying fair share
My prediction for 2009 is that you will see more and more people questioning the value and extent of the community missions of their local not-for-profit hospitals. The challenges will intensify as local tax revenues dry up, local government services are cut, more jobs are lost, and more people seek charity care. Be prepared to defend everything from your emergency room waiting times to your executives' pay. That's the climate we are living in for at least the near-term. [Read More]
One year after losing it, DC hospital regains accreditation
Here's some more good news out of the nation's capital. One of the District of Columbia's most troubled hospitals was wheeled out of the ICU last week. United Medical Center, formerly known as Greater Southeast Community Hospital, has gotten its accreditation back. According to the Washington Post, the Joint Commission confirmed UMC's announcement slightly more than a year after it loss accreditation in December 2007. A spokeswoman for the commission says United Medical Center passed a surprise inspection last month and that its accreditation became effective Jan. 14, a week before the hospital was notified. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
NEW YORK: Webb named COO of St. Vincent Catholic Medical Ctrs.
Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers has named Arthur Y. Webb as COO of the Manhattan-based healthcare system. In his new position, Webb will have operational responsibility for the system's flagship St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan, St. Vincent's Hospital Westchester, a behavioral health hospital in Westchester County, and continuing care services that include two skilled nursing facilities in Brooklyn, another on Staten Island, a hospice, and a home health agency serving the metropolitan New York area. Saint Vincent's behavioral health services also provide supportive housing programs for people with mental illness throughout the metropolitan area. [Read More]

CHICAGO: Buzachero elected chair of AHA Solutions Board
Vic Buzachero, senior vice president of human resources of Scripps Health based in San Diego, was recently elected board chairman of AHA Solutions, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association. AHA Solutions serves as a resource to U.S. hospitals pursuing operational excellence by conducting product due diligence and identifying solutions to hospital challenges in the areas of finance, human resources, patient flow, and technology. AHA Solutions collaborates with hospital leaders and market consultants to provide analytics and education to support product decision making of AHA-member hospitals and other healthcare organizations. [Read More]

FLOWOOD, MS: Peiffer named COO at River Oaks Hospital
Paul Peiffer has been named COO of the 110-bed River Oaks Hospital. Peiffer has over 27 years of healthcare experience, serving most recently as COO at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory, MS. Peiffer has been with HMA, River Oaks Hospital's parent company, for eight years. [Read More]

GULF BREEZE, FL: Gulf Breeze Hospital names new HR director
Rebecca Simmons has been named Gulf Breeze Hospital human resources manager. Simmons will oversee employment practices at the hospital, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, and Baptist Medical Park-Navarre. Simmons returns to Baptist Health Care after serving for three years as administrator of a local skilled nursing facility. [Read More]
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Flat-World Healthcare


Globalization is no longer an uncertain trend in the distant future. U.S. providers must refine their organizational strategy to compete in a marketplace that is broader than ever before. [Read More]
Audio Feature

An interview with David Watson, MD, a family practitioner for more than 50 years in Yoakum, TX, who was recently named Country Doctor of the Year by physician staffing group Staff Care. Doc Watson, as he is known around Yoakum, shares his thoughts about the "vanishing breed" of doctors who dedicate their careers and their lives to the tiny rural communities they serve. [Listen Now]
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