HealthLeaders Media HR - March 23, 2009 | Real Savings Will Come With a Healthier Populace
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Real Savings Will Come
With a Healthier Populace

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The discussions about healthcare reform so far have focused on issues addressed in President Obama's stimulus package. Soon, however, medical professionals, politicians, and healthcare policy wonks will have to broach the biggest drivers for soaring medical costs. I'm speaking about the personal negligence of We the Fat People, and the generally poor health decisions that too many of the 300 million-plus Americans make every day. [Read More]
  March 23, 2009

 
Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Chief Operating Officer
HCA Healthcare, Irving, TX. The Chief Operating Officer is a key member of the Shared Service Center executive team and is responsible for the Health Information Management Services Center start-up operations . . . [Read More]

Chief Financial Officer
Lakeland Regional Hospital, Springfield, MO. This position is responsible for the oversight of all finance-related functions of the hospital as well as being directly responsible . . . [Read More]

Chief Financial Officer
SMDC Health System, Duluth, MN. The position has responsibility for the financial viability of the system through active participation in financial, administrative . . . [Read More]

Clinical Informatics Coordinator
Community Healthcare System, Munster, IN. The informatics coordinator serves as the liaison between the facility and the Information Technology department . . . [Read More]

Health Information Management Director
Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Brownwood, TX. Responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all HIM functions in the hospital . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
Blumenthal Spearheads Health IT Reform
Folks following the health information technology story have been wondering for weeks who President Obama would select to lead the effort. Well, wonder no more! David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, has been named national coordinator for health information technology. HealthLeaders Media editor Les Masterson provides a concise biography and analysis of Blumenthal, a Harvard Medical School graduate and professor who is also an internist and expert in health policy and healthcare delivery systems. [Read More]
CA nurses unions 'bury the hatchet'
It looks like solidarity is back in vogue as unions gird to increase membership and work to pass the "card check bill," one of the most important pieces of pro-union legislation in decades. Leadership at SEIU and the California Nurses Association have decided to actually practice the unity that they've been preaching and promising to rank-and-file nurses. The New York Times reports that the two fast-growing labor unions ended a bitter yearlong dispute last week by agreeing to work together to unionize hospital workers and push for universal health coverage. For the last year, the two unions have viciously denounced each other, with the service employees accusing the nurses of sabotaging efforts to organize 8,300 hospital workers in Ohio, and the nurses' union accusing SEIU officials of stalking and harassing its leaders. The very public fights provided easy fodder against unionization by rightly calling into question the effectiveness of representation by union leaders who can't get along among themselves. [Read More]
Grim news roundup, hospital layoffs, bad times continue
Lately, I've tried to get a handle on the extent of hospital layoffs in the nation using a very unscientific perusal of Google. I type in "hospitals," "layoffs," and "2009," and try to find the healthcare job losses that have been announced in recent weeks. At first it was discouragingly easy. The last two or three weeks, though, it became less easy to find news of layoffs, which made me hopeful that something good was happening. (At this point I'll take hope wherever I can get it.) Unfortunately, this past week there was a lot of bad news in the healthcare sector about layoffs, or near-layoffs, or hospitals struggling mightily to avoid layoffs. As usual, I make no claims that this list is comprehensive. It's just what I've found surfing a few pages of Google.
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 30. [Learn More]
Executives on the Move
CHICAGO: Evans installed as ACHE chairman
Charles R. Evans, president and CEO, International Health Services Group in Alpharetta, GA, has assumed the office of chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Evans was installed Saturday at the Council of Regents meeting during ACHE's 52nd Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. He received the gavel from MG David A. Rubenstein, FACHE, outgoing ACHE chairman. As chairman, Evans will serve the second part of a three-year term in ACHE's consecutive chairmanship offices: chairman-elect, chairman, and immediate past chairman. [Read More]

BALTIMORE: Olscamp named CEO of BWMC
The University of Maryland Medical System has named Karen Olscamp as CEO of Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Olscamp was named interim president of the Glen Burnie hospital in August and was expected to take the top spot. She replaces James Walker, who retired in August. Olscamp was previously senior vice president and chief operating officer of BWMC. [Read More]

BENNINGTON, VT: Yorke retires from SVMC
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has announced that longtime hospital President and CEO Harvey Yorke has retired. The SVMC board of trustees also has named Mark Novotny, MD, CMO, as interim CEO. In a letter to SVMC employees announcing his retirement, Yorke, who began at the hospital in 1991, said he had advised the hospital board of the decision. He also mentioned the recently revealed fact that the hospital is facing a $1.3 million deficit in the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. The board has not taken steps to find a new CEO. [Read More]

SAFETY HARBOR, FL: Galdieri named COO of Mease Countryside
Lou Galdieri has been named the new COO of Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, FL. He was interim COO for eight months before his appointment. Galdieri will also remain as COO of Mease Dunedin Hospital, a position he has held since 2006. [Read More]

DETROIT: Schwartz appointed interim CEO and president at Karmanos Cancer Center
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Karmanos Cancer Center boards of directors this month named Ann G. Schwartz interim president and CEO. Paul Broughton was appointed Interim COO. [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]
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