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Tampa General Dishwasher Embodies the Spirit of Christmas
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

For 20 years, Delwyn Collins has been the heart and soul of Tampa General Hospital in the annual Hillsborough County Foster Angel Program, which provides Christmas gifts for many of the county's more than 1,500 foster children. TGH has been the highest donor of gifts to the program every year since 1989, and a good deal of the credit goes to Collins, who donates at least 300 gifts himself each year. [Read More]
  December 7, 2009

 
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Healthcare sector job growth keeps chugging along
One of the few reliable indicators throughout this rough economic patch has been the growth of healthcare sector jobs. Though that growth has slowed considerably in the last year, there are signs that things are picking back up. For the third straight month, hospital job growth is at a pace not seen since before the recession. Meanwhile, the ambulatory services sector remains the primary area for healthcare sector job growth, as it has been for about a year. Statistics are also showing that many people are gravitating toward the healthcare sector from other areas. That is probably because the healthcare sector is one of the few areas that is hiring. The Conference Board's Help Wanted Online Data Series report, which tracks more than 1,000 online job boards across the United States, found that advertised vacancies for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations fell by 36,000 listings in November, for a total of 497,400. There were 533,300 such job vacancy listings in October, and 604,700 in November 2008. In October, for every unemployed person looking for work in a healthcare practitioner or technical occupation, such as occupational therapist or registered nurse, there were 3.7 advertised vacancies. The average wage in these occupations is $32.64/hour. Demand for lower-paying healthcare support occupations fell by 500 listings in November—to 102,700. The average wage for healthcare support occupations, such as pharmacy aides or dental assistants, is $12.66/hour, while the number of unemployed outnumbers advertised vacancies three to one. [Read More]
Los Angeles Times/ProPublica report rips temporary nursing industry
This is a must-read investigative piece—perhaps one of the most important this year—that will have broad and deep reverberations, and could actually change the way that the temporary nurse staffing industry is monitored. The Los Angeles Times and ProPublica reported that firms that supply temporary nurses are taking perilous shortcuts in their screening and supervision, sometimes putting seriously ill patients in the hands of incompetent or impaired caregivers. Emboldened by a chronic nursing shortage and scant regulation, the firms vie for their share of a free-wheeling, $4-billion industry. Some have become havens for nurses who hopscotch from place to place to avoid the consequences of their misconduct. The investigation found dozens of instances in which staffing agencies skimped on background checks or ignored warnings from hospitals about sub-par nurses on their payrolls. Some hired nurses sight unseen, without even conducting an interview. As a result, fill-in nurses with documented histories of poor care have fallen asleep on the job, failed to perform critical tests, or stolen drugs intended to ease patients' pain or anxiety. Ignore this article at your own peril! [Read More]
Executives on the Move
CHICAGO: Dowling named new CEO at AHIMA
The American Health Information Management Association has named Alan F. Dowling as the next CEO of the 55,000-member association, effective Jan. 13, 2010. He succeeds CEO Linda Kloss, who announced her resignation in July. Dowling is an adjunct professor of information systems at Case Western Reserve University, having also lectured at Georgetown University, the American University of Beirut, Simmons College, and the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his PhD in healthcare management and management information systems. [Read More]

MARLTON, NJ: Long named CEO at Marlton Rehabilitation Hospital
Michael Long has been named CEO at Marlton Rehabilitation Hospital. He previously was vice president of strategic planning and business development at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, NJ. Marlton Rehabilitation Hospital is a 49-bed acute-rehabilitation hospital, specializing in stroke and orthopedic rehabilitation. It is owned and operated by Vibra Healthcare of Mechanicsburg, PA, which operates 28 rehab and long-term-care hospitals in nine states. [Read More]

DANVILLE, KY: Taylor resigns as CEO/president of Ephraim McDowell Health
L. Clark Taylor Jr., president/CEO, Ephraim McDowell Health, has tendered his resignation, effective Jan. 4, 2010. Taylor has served in that role since July 2002. Taylor will begin service as CEO of Hospice of Chattanooga, TN, early next year. He will also serve on the staff of the First Centenary United Methodist Church in Chattanooga. [Read More]

NEWTON, IA: Long named president/CEO of Stiff Medical Center
Skiff Medical Center has announced the appointment of Steve Long as president/CEO, effective mid-January. Long will take the position that was vacated by Kris Baumgart in early 2009 and subsequently filled in an interim capacity by Francie Jahn, vice president of Patient Care Services. [Read More]

COATESVILLE, PA: Brandywine Hospital names new CEO
Bryan Burklow has joined Brandywine Hospital as the new CEO. Burklow replaces Mark A. Benz, who announced in November that he would be leaving. Burklow last worked at Merit Health Systems in Louisville, KY, where he was vice president of operations since 2007. [Read More]

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