HealthLeaders Media HR - June 8, 2009 | Are Hospitals Due For Another Round of Layoffs?
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Are Hospitals Due For
Another Round of Layoffs?

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

For the last six months or so I've tried to keep track of hospital layoffs across the country: I'd Google "hospital" and "layoffs" and "2009" and see what popped up. Unfortunately, there was no shortage of hospital layoffs news in January, February, and March. In the last two months or so, however, layoffs slowed down to the point where I hadn't done a daily search for a month or so. I was hopeful that the worst had passed, but that wishful thinking was doused by three buckets full of cold reality last Tuesday afternoon. [Read More]
  June 8, 2009

 
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How safe are your medical records?
Here's a first-person account from Forbes healthcare journalist Rebecca Ruiz about the anxiety that can be induced with word that the security of your personal records has been breached. Ruiz was one of 160,000 students and alumni at the University of California, Berkeley who learned that the privacy of their immunization records, Social Security numbers and other vital statistics had been compromised by hackers over the course of six months. [Read More]
Nonprofit hospitals gird for battle over charity tax breaks
This opinion piece isn't about human resources, but it was too good to pass on. Harold Pollack, a public health policy researcher at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, says nonprofit hospitals should be very nervous about the status of the approximately $6 billion in annual tax benefits they get each year. Congress is looking for a way to pay for healthcare reform, and if nonprofits aren't prepared to detail the extent of their charity care, they may lose that tax-exempt status or at least see it greatly reduced. [Read More]
For-profit retail clinics cater to affluent whites
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Executives on the Move
TAMPA: WellCare promotes two executives
Thomas O'Neill III was named vice chairman and Timothy Susanin was named senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. O'Neill had served as senior VP, general counsel and secretary since joining WellCare in April 2008. Susanin, who joined WellCare in November, previously was vice president and chief counsel-dispute management, and worked with O'Neill in managing government and regulator investigations. [Read More]

PHILADELPHIA: Hagan appointed CFO at CIGNA
Annmarie Hagan, 48, has been appointed executive vice president and CFO of CIGNA Corp. Hagan will be responsible for all of CIGNA's financial operations, areas in which she has held numerous leadership positions since joining CIGNA in 1987, as well as for CIGNA's Investment Management and Strategic Planning units. Hagan succeeds Michael W. Bell who has held the position since 2002 and who resigned after 25 years with CIGNA. [Read More]

WINSTON-SALEM, NC: Porrino named to Wake Forest Medical School post
Linda J. Porrino has been named chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, effective July 1. Porrino joined the medical school faculty in 1990 and has been professor of physiology and pharmacology since 1997. She was named interim chair of the department in 2008. She follows James E. Smith, now chair emeritus, who headed the department for almost 20 years. [Read More]

MIAMI: Roldan takes over as new Jackson Health president
Eneida O. Roldan, MD, is the new president and CEO of Jackson Health System. Roldan is the first woman and first Hispanic to lead the hospital system. Last month, the Public Health Trust unanimously selected Roldan as the top choice for the position. The appointment became official when she was confirmed at the Public Health Trust Board of Trustees monthly meeting and her tenure began June 1. [Read More]

CONWAY, NH: McKinnon named to lead Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital in Conway, NH, has a new president and CEO. Scott McKinnon, of Phoenixville, PA, will succeed Gary Poquette, who is retiring after 30 years at the hospital. Poquette's last day is June 30. McKinnon starts in mid-July. McKinnon was chosen after a nationwide search. Since 2003, McKinnon has been employed as a vice president at Lankenau Hospital in Pennsylvania. [Read More]

BROCKTON, MA: Brockton (MA) Hospital CEO steps down amid allegations
Thomas O'Neill III was named vice chairman and Timothy Susanin was named senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. O'Neill had served as senior VP, general counsel and secretary since joining WellCare in April 2008. Susanin, who joined WellCare in November, previously was vice president and chief counsel-dispute management, and worked with O'Neill in managing government and regulator investigations. [Read More]

ATLANTA: Eclipsys Corp. names Pead president and CEO
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PITTSBURGH: Children's Hospital leader to step down at year's end
Roger A. Oxendale, CEO of Children's Hospital and president of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, will resign from both positions at year's end. Oxendale, 55, oversaw the move to the new 10-acre, $625 million campus in Lawrenceville this spring. Oxendale joined Children's in 1995 as CFO. He became the hospital's CEO and president of its foundation in 2005, four years after the hospital had merged with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. [Read More]

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