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CEO's Mangled Message Carries Weight
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD, has been taking heavy flak since he told the New York Times that he would not hire obese people if it was legal. As the CEO of a prestigious health system, Cosgrove's words carry extra weight and the points he raises cannot be dismissed in the name of sensitivity or political correctness. Obesity is killing this nation, literally and financially. [Read More]
  September 21, 2009

 
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Harbor-UCLA surgical tech back at work following shooting conviction, jail time
These are the kind of stories that make you ask "what are they thinking?" The LA Times reports that a surgical technician convicted of firing a gun into an occupied car was back on the job this month at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, just days after being released from jail, despite vows by county officials to crack down on medical personnel with criminal records. Harbor-UCLA officials declined to speak with the media about the convict's return, but noted that the gun violence was not "work related." [Read More]
Fake robbery gets medical center in hot water
Speaking of what were they thinking? The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that pharmacy technician Babette Perry is suing her former company for scaring the daylights out of her in a mock robbery without telling her beforehand. While training with Hampton Behavioral Health Center near Philadelphia, a masked gunman burst in, told Perry he was holding a coworker hostage, and demanded OxyContin. Afterward, Perry found out the incident had been staged. The "hostage," who was the director of HR at the Hampton Behavioral Health Center, told Perry it was a safety drill designed by Hampton and its parent company, Universal Health Services Inc., of King of Prussia. Perry, who says she was subsequently diagnosed with post traumatic stress syndrome, is suing the company. [Read More]
Not all nurses happy with new super union
The merger of three of the nation's largest nurses unions into one super union is looking like a done deal that should be finalized in December. However, there may be some resistance in the ranks. The California Nurses Association became the first organization to join the super union on Sept. 10. This leaves the Massachusetts Nurses Association and United American Nurses to vote on the super union proposal. Some representatives at MNA insist they want nothing to do with the new union. "Our nurses are telling us they do not want this merger to go through," says Barbara Norton, a regional director of MNA, which will vote on the proposed merger on Oct. 1. Stay tuned. This could get interesting. [Read More]
 
Executives on the Move
DALLAS: Methodist Health System names new CNO
Methodist Health System has named Nancy E. Simon as senior vice president/CNO for Methodist Health System as well as CNO for Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Simon begins the new position in October and will oversee the daily operational responsibilities for the nursing division at Methodist Dallas, plus system-wide duties involving staffing, fiscal management, and regulatory compliance of nursing services and other patient care departments for the hospitals within Methodist Health System. [Read More]

DANVILLE, PA: Haynes named CEO for Geisinger Health Plan
Jean Haynes has been named CEO for Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Indemnity Insurance Company, and Geisinger Quality Options, Inc,; and executive vice president, insurance operations for Geisinger Health System. She will join Geisinger on Sept. 28. Most recently, she served as executive director of Boston Medical Center HealthNet. [Read More]

GULFPORT, MS: David named COO at HCA's Garden Park MC
Daphne David has been named COO for Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport, MS. The 130-bed hospital is part of the Delta Division of HCA Inc. Daphne has held several positions at Garden Park over the past 10 years, most recently as an assistant administrator. Her responsibilities include oversight of all ancillary and support services. [Read More]

VAIL, CO: Kirchner named CEO at Vail Valley MC
Doris Kirchner will be the Vail Valley Medical Center's new CEO. Kirchner has been the medical center's acting CEO since John Cassin resigned in early July. Kirchner is the hospital's fifth CEO since 1998. Kirchner served as COO at the hospital for the past 18 months, as well as for eight years from 1986 to 1994. [Read More]

MIAMI, OH: Premier Health Partners announces 3 CFO appointments
Premier Health Partners announced the appointment of new CFOs for each of its three hospitals. Scott Shelton has been named CFO for Miami Valley Hospital, effective Oct. 1. He succeeds Tom Duncan, whose appointment as CFO for Premier Health Partners was announced in July. Tom Curtin has been named CFO for Good Samaritan Hospital, succeeding Shelton, effective Oct. 1. Since 1999, Curtin has been vice president and CFO of Fidelity Health Care. Tom Maloney has been named CFO for Middletown Regional Hospital, effective Sept. 10. He is currently CFO of Miami Valley Hospital's Dialysis Centers of Dayton. He succeeds Kevin Murphy, who left Premier Health Partners this month. [Read More]

THE WOODLANDS, TX: Staff named for new St. Luke's Lakeside Hospital
The new St. Luke's Lakeside Hospital in The Woodlands, a 30-bed specialty hospital dedicated to cardiology, sports, and orthopedic medicine, will open on Sept. 28. Hospital officials say 120 employees and physicians are already on board at St. Luke's Lakeside Hospital. According to Mona Tucker, director of human resources for St. Luke's The Woodlands, over 4,000 employment applications were submitted for the first 100 positions that have been filled at Lakeside Hospital. Diane F. McNamee, RN, has been named CNO for Lakeside Hospital. Brant Lipscomb, MD, has been appointed CMO. Vincent Aquino, MD, will serve as chief of cardiology. Kelly Blevins, MD, has been named chief of surgery. Wael Asi, MD, was named chief of medicine. [Read More]

 
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