HealthLeaders Media HR - June 15, 2009 | Healthcare Workers Should Lead the Wellness Movement
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Healthcare Workers Should
Lead the Wellness Movement

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Hospital employees who've successfully undergone wellness training can provide an excellent example to their families, friends, and neighbors in their communities. Think about it. Hospitals are among the largest employers in most communities, where hospital employees are held in high regard. Slimmed-down, tobacco-free, and healthy hospital workers could fan out into their communities and spread?by example—the gospel of wellness to family, friends, and neighbors. The positive repercussions could be enormous. [Read More]
  June 15, 2009

 
Editor's Picks
'Mystery Shoppers' Keep Surreptitious Eyes on Hospital Employees
I can't decide whether or not I like this idea. Some hospitals are using "mystery shoppers" to monitor infection control measures by employees. Advocates of the practice say it's the best way to determine compliance. They may be right. But it also sends a clear and unflattering message to employees that their bosses are spying on them because they don't trust employees to carry out a task as simple as washing their hands. [Read More]
PAs, NPs Reduce Patient Bottlenecks, When Permitted
A new California Healthcare Foundation study finds that gastroenterology, orthopedic, and dermatology specialists can see more patients and increase revenue dramatically by using more physician assistants and nurse practitioners. However, not all states' scope of practice laws may be sufficiently broad to allow the practice. Also, more postgraduate training programs are needed for PAs and NPs to gain proficiency so they don't have to be trained on the job. The authors wrote that practitioners who use PAs and NPs reported that outcomes were almost always positive and the time they saved allowed physicians to spend more time with more complex patients. [Read More]
Get C Suite to Walk the Walk
Getting senior leadership to walk the hospital rounds with physicians and nurses is not a new idea, but it's still a great one. The renewed emphasis on quality of care and patient safety make it essential that top leaders understand the issues and concerns of front-line staff. Plus, it provides C-suite suits with an excellent opportunity to meet or reacquaint with staff, and it sends the message to staff that leadership is addressing their concerns. Is your hospital leadership doing this regularly? [Read More]
Obama said to be open to controlling malpractice costs
I don't know if I believe this. The New York Times is reporting that President Obama is receptive to the idea of controlling malpractice costs. Even if the president is sincere, it's highly unlikely that the Democratic Congress would draft or approve any legislation that would adversely impact the income of trial lawyers, who are the Democrats' top campaign donors. Obama is expected to address this topic at a midday speech to the AMA today. Stay tuned. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
ORLANDO: Nemours announces leadership appointments in Florida
Nemours appointed new members to its Florida Board of Managers that serves as the governing body for Nemours healthcare facilities in Florida and, in the future, Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando. New members include former Florida Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings, David Dizney, president and CEO of United Medical Corp., Craig M. McAllaster, dean and professor of management at the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business, and Robert K. Wilson, Jr., MD, clerkship co-director in pediatrics, clinical professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine Pensacola Regional Campus. Nemours also announced the appointment of Bill Winder to a newly created position of senior administrator, Nemours Florida. In his new role, Winder will collaborate with a team of professionals in leading the development and integration of the Nemours Florida system of care. [Read More]

BOSTON: Barnes named new leader for PWC's US Health Industries Practice
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has named Kelly Barnes the leader of the firm's US Health Industries Practice, with responsibility for overseeing services across all health-related industries served by the firm in the public, private, and academic sectors. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: Frieden takes reins at CDC
Thomas R. Frieden, MD, was named the 16th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He was named director of CDC by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services on May 15. Frieden, 48, has been the director of the New York City Health Department since 2002. He replaces Richard Besser, MD, who has been the acting CDC director and acting ATSDR administrator since mid January. [Read More]

DURHAM, NC: Sowers named CEO at Duke Hospital
Kevin Sowers, who began his career at Duke University Hospital 24 years ago as an oncology nurse, has been named the hospital's CEO. Sowers has served as Duke University Health System's COO for the past six years, and as interim CEO for the past year. [Read More]

DOVER, OH: James named president/CEO at Union Hospital
The Union Hospital Board of Trustees has selected a veteran healthcare executive to become the hospital's next president and CEO. R. Bruce James will begin his duties at Union Hospital on July 6. He will replace William W. Harding who is retiring after 26 years in the position and 29 years of employment at UH. [Read More]

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