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Levy's Cautionary Tale: Don't Call for Transparency When Your Windows Are Dirty
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

If you're in healthcare—or if you're just a scandal fan—you've probably been following the imbroglio surrounding Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy. For brevity's sake—and to deflect accusations that I am piling on—I refer you to the local media, and note only that the board at Beth Israel Deaconess this month fined Levy $50,000 for his still-undisclosed lapses. They said they were disappointed in his conduct but still support him and that the matter is now closed. So why has this scandal gotten so much attention? [Read More]
  May 10, 2010

 
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SEIU picks Mary Kay Henry as president
Mary Kay Henry has been named president of the Service Employees International Union, becoming the first woman to head the group. She succeeds Andy Stern, who is retiring after 14 years as president. Henry promised to reach out and heal rifts with other labor unions, but interviews indicated that California's hospitals and nursing homes would remain contentious battlegrounds, the Los Angeles Times reports. Henry said she had "no plans whatsoever" to engage with the "rival organization"—referring to the National Union of Healthcare Workers—that is battling the SEIU in California. She also told reporters that she had no intention of leading the SEIU back into the AFL-CIO, which the SEIU left in 2005 to form a separate coalition, Change to Win. [Read More]
Union takes Jackson Health System to court over layoffs
Speaking of the SEIU, the organization announced last week it was filing an emergency lawsuit to stop Miami-based Jackson Health System from firing more than 170 nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals because it would greatly damage Jackson's ability to provide quality care. The lawsuit alleges that some proposed layoffs will cause Jackson's governing body, the Public Health Trust, to violate its own bylaws requiring "one standard of patient care." At a news conference Martha Baker, president of the SEIU's local chapter, blamed hospital leadership for "incredibly bad decisions" and complained that union leaders had been "excluded from the process." [Read More]
Minneapolis-area hospitals, nurses prep for a possible strike
Fourteen hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and their 12,000 nurses are bracing for a strike that could start as soon as June 1. The nurses will vote May 19 whether to authorize a walkout. Nurses say the hospitals are using the weak economy as an excuse to cut pension benefits and change work rules in ways that will endanger patients. The hospitals say that they're merely adapting to economic realities and that patients will be fine. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
CHARLOTTE: CHS announces executive shuffles, promotions
Carolinas HealthCare System has announced several executive team changes. Phyllis Wingate-Jones, president of Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, has been promoted to division president of Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord. Spencer Lilly, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University, will move to CMC-Mercy as president. Martha Whitecotton, administrator of Levine Children's Hospital, has been named president. Laura Thomas has been named president of CMC-Randolph, the CHS Behavioral Health center in Charlotte. Curtis Copenhaver, who has been serving as interim president of CMC-NorthEast, has agreed to serve as interim president of CMC-University while a replacement is found for Lilly. CHS also announced Brent Lambert, MD, has been named vice president and chief medical information officer. [Read More]

ST. LOUIS: SSM Health Care names new CFO
SSM Health Care-St. Louis has appointed Karen Rewerts as the healthcare provider network's vice president of finance/CFO. Rewerts has been with SSM Health Care for 18 years, starting as director of financial planning at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, and serving most recently as SSM Health Care-St. Louis' vice president/planning and decision support. [Read More]

TAMPA, FL: Cotton to lead national health markets at WellCare HealthPlans
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. has promoted Michael L. Cotton to the newly created position of president, national health plans. Cotton will lead all of the company's health plan market operations. Cotton previously was president of WellCare's south division, leading the company's Georgia, Texas, and Louisiana markets. [Read More]

NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA: Triola named CNO at Catholic Health East
Catholic Health East has named Nora Triola, RN, the system's executive vice president/CNO. Triola currently holds the position of senior vice president/CNO at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, and Mercy Hospital in Miami, both members of the Catholic Health East system. [Read More]

BALTIMORE: Kirby named president of Franklin Square Hospital Center
MedStar Health and Franklin Square Hospital Center have appointed Adrienne Kirby president of the hospital. Kirby replaces Carl Schindelar, who was promoted to the position of executive vice president of hospital operations for the Baltimore Division of MedStar Health. Kirby began her new role at Franklin Square on May 3. Kirby comes to Franklin Square from Virtua, a four-hospital system in Southwest New Jersey, where she most recently served as COO for Ambulatory Services and Programs for Excellence. [Read More]

ORLANDO: VA Medical Center names Goldberg Chief of Staff
The Orlando VA Medical Center has named Kenneth Goldberg, MD, chief of staff. He will oversee the care of nearly 90,000 Central Florida veterans while helping plan the new Orlando VA Medical Center, a $665 million project slated to open in 2012 in the Lake Nona "medical city" complex. Before his appointment in Orlando, Goldberg was the deputy chief of staff at the VA Medical Center in Durham, NC, where he coordinated clinical activities. [Read More]

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