HealthLeaders Media HR - March 16, 2009 | Wait for Foreign-Born Nurses is Getting Longer
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Wait for Foreign-Born Nurses is Getting Longer
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The United States faces a critical lack of nurses in every corner of the nation. The U.S. Labor Department reports that the nation has an immediate shortage of 126,000 nurses. By some estimates, that shortage will grow to 500,000 nurses in seven years. Yet, it has never been more difficult than now for foreign-born nurses to get green cards. [Read More]
  March 16, 2009

 
Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Chief Operating Officer
American Family Care Inc., Birmingham, AL. The Chief Operating Officer will report to the President and will be responsible for day-to-day operations of American Family Care clinics, U-Save Pharmacy, and corporate support . . . [Read More]

Chief Executive Officer
Brim Healthcare, Shawano, WI. Qualified candidates should have at least five years of acute care hospital executive experience, along with exemplary communication . . . [Read More]

Chief Executive Officer
Nexus Specialty Hospital, The Woodlands, TX. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for day to day operations of the facility as well as planning and program/service line development . . . [Read More]

Chief Financial Officer
Encore Healthcare, Corpus Christi, TX. Chief Financial Officer that will be responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining systems to collect . . . [Read More]

Administrative Director-Clinical Information Systems
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle. The director of clinical information systems is accountable for the successful planning, project management and implementation of . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
Battle lines forming over 'comparative effectiveness' research
We knew this was coming. The Associated Press picked up on a thread I wrote about last month concerning the growing debate over what used to be called "evidence-based medicine." The AP reports that prominent health industry and patient advocacy groups are trying to reframe the debate over how such decisions are made in order to ensure their interests are protected. We've still not been told how much weight "cost-effectiveness" will be given when it's matched up against "medical necessity." It's a legitimate debate but I can already imagine this getting very, very ugly. [Read More]
Tenet settles overtime suit
Tenet Healthcare Corp. has agreed to pay $85 million to settle claims that nurses and other staff in California were denied extra overtime pay for working 12-hour shifts. Dallas-based Tenet will pay about 23,000 current and former hospital employees under the settlement. Don Pagaduan, a respiratory therapist at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, filed the lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court in 2003 alleging Tenet circumvented a change in state law that required employees who work long shifts to receive overtime. The lawsuit was consolidated with a federal case filed by a nurse in Los Angeles County. The lawsuit alleged that Tenet lowered the hourly pay rate for some employees so their net wages stayed the same after they earned overtime during long shifts. A Tenet spokesman says the company admitted no wrongdoing and thought its five-tiered overtime plan complied with the state law that took effect in 2000. [Read More]
Grim News Roundup
Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta last week announced 150 job cuts, in response to severe economic pressures and an increase in indigent patients. Among those who left was the head of the hospital's cancer center. The job cuts included about 140 layoffs. About 10 of the positions were not filled. Meanwhile, in Mason City, IA, Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa will eliminate 59 jobs as it restructures its home healthcare service and hospice program. It also is closing a clinic in Rockwell. The majority of the jobs to be eliminated are in hospice and homecare. Mercy spokesman Doug Morse says it's not a layoff, and employees in good standing will be offered new positions. Even the Mayo Clinic is hurting. The Rochester, MN-based institution said Wednesday that it barely broke even in 2008 as expenses raced ahead of revenue. While the number of patients was stable, income from patient care fell by almost one third during the year. Mayo also increased spending on research, adding staff and opening a hospital in Florida. Expenses grew by 7.6% while revenue grew 4.5%. Mayo's main campus in Rochester and its branches in Jacksonville, FL, and Scottsdale, AZ, served 526,000 patients in 2008, about the same as a year earlier. But income from patient care was $205 million, down from $293 million in 2007.
Are You Part of a Top Leadership Team?
HealthLeaders Media is gearing up for its fifth year of the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program that recognizes the best in senior leadership teamwork at hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. This year's winners will be honored during HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, an event planned for October 15-16 at The Palmer House in Chicago. If you and your organization have an outstanding teamwork story to share, go to the Top Leadership Teams site to learn more about the six categories, download an entry form, and submit your entry. The deadline to submit is April 29. [Learn More]
Executives on the Move
CHARLOTTE, NC: DeVore named Premier CEO/President
Susan D. DeVore has been named president and CEO of the Premier healthcare alliance. She and current CEO Rick Norling are coordinating the transition process. DeVore is currently Premier's COO. Before joining Premier, DeVore spent more than 20 years with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young as a senior healthcare industry management practice leader and member of the executive committee for the North American consulting organization. [Read More]

MODESTO, CA: Benn to lead three Sutter hospitals, physician groups
David Benn, the chief hospital executive for Sutter Health in the Northern San Joaquin Valley in California, has a new position overseeing the three Sutter hospitals and physician organizations in the region. In addition to serving as CEO for Memorial Medical Center, Benn has been responsible for coordinating services with Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and Memorial Hospital Los Banos. He now oversees the hospitals and the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, which has medical offices in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Merced counties. A new CEO will be hired at Memorial in Modesto. [Read More]

BRENTWOOD, TN: LifePoint names new CFO
LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. has named Jeffrey Sherman, 43, executive vice president and CFO. Sherman, currently vice president and treasurer at Tenet Healthcare, will succeed David M. Dill who, as planned, will become LifePoint's executive vice president and COO. Sherman and Dill will report directly to William F. Carpenter III, president and CEO. [Read More]

VALENCIA, CA: Seaver named chairman of HASC
Roger Seaver, president and CEO of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, has been named chairman of the Hospital Association of Southern California for 2009. Seaver was named president and CEO of Henry Mayo in 2001 after being brought in as a consultant to assist the financially troubled hospital. [Read More]

METHUEN, MA: Caritas Holy Family Hospital new leader takes over in May
Caritas Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA, will have a new president effective May 4. Lester P. Schindel, most recently president of New England Sinai Hospital in Boston, will succeed Tom Sager, who will take over a newly created position as executive director of the Holy Family Foundation, and vice president of Caritas Christi Health Care Development. Sager, of Haverhill, officially takes on the new job June 12. Sager will remain on for about three months at the hospital to help Schindel with the transition. [Read More]

From HealthLeaders Magazine
SOS: Public Hospitals


On the brink even during good economic times, many public hospitals are operating in technical insolvency amid a painful recession. But they can take heart from following the example of two that have managed well. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Barry Arbuckle, president and CEO of MemorialCare Medical Centers in Long Beach, CA, is one of three C-suite leaders joining us for the March 16 webcast: Solving Your Nurse Shortage: Long-term strategies that work. In this audio clip, he outlines successful cost-saving solutions to the shortage of nurses and nurse leaders. [Listen Now]
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