HealthLeaders Media HR - February 1, 2010 | CA Health Unions Have Forgotten Solidarity Forever
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CA Health Unions Have Forgotten Solidarity Forever
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Woody Guthrie must be spinning in his grave. His rousing labor song "Union Maid" warns working men and women about "goons and ginks and company finks and the deputy sheriffs who made the raid." So what would Woody make of the internecine organizing battles for healthcare workers in California? The fight that pits the giant Service Employees International Union against the upstart National Union of Healthcare Workers has been most remarkable for its very public vitriol. These guys hate each other, and they're not bashful about saying it. [Read More]
  February 1, 2010

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WHITE PLAINS, NY: Alicare Medical Mgmt. Names Sales Director
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Orlando: Orlando Health's longtime spokesman steps down
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DALLAS: Broadlane Inc. names Ryan as CEO, Sherry as president
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DETROIT: Bepler named CEO at Karmanos Cancer Institute
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PRINCETON, NJ: NJHA names new board members
Alexander J. Hatala, president/CEO of the Lourdes Health System and leader with Catholic Health East New Jersey, has been installed as chairman of the board of the New Jersey Hospital Association, a 108-member advocacy organization. [Read More]

JACKSON, TN: West Tennessee Healthcare names new president/CEO
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FORT WORTH, TX: Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital SW Fort Worth names new HR director
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth appointed Jody Thomas as the new director of human resources. Thomas will oversee hospital employee relations and engagement and lead corporate-level human resources projects. Thomas most recently served as the director of human resources for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville. Before that, he was the director of people services for Cap Rock Energy in Midland from September 2006 until March 2009 and held human resources leadership positions at PNM Resources in Albuquerque, NM, and Fort Worth from 1998 to 2006. [Read More]

ARLINGTON, TX: Texas Health Resources names CSO
Texas Health Resources has named Jonathan Scholl as executive vice president/chief strategy officer. Scholl joins Texas Health from his position as head of the North American Health Care Provider practice of The Boston Consulting Group. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: NCQA names new board member
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