HealthLeaders Media HR - August 23, 2010 | Self-described 'Dinosaur' Doc Meets Terminal Illness with Dignity
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Self-described 'Dinosaur' Doc Meets Terminal Illness with Dignity
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The best part of my job is the people I get to meet—particularly the frontline, hands-on medical professionals who see their work as a calling. It sounds corny, but these people are healers in the noblest sense. In a world full of silliness and superficiality, selfishness, and cruelty, it's therapeutic and a great perspective adjuster to be around these well-grounded people.[Read More]

  August 23, 2010

 
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Nurses Allege Employment Discrimination at SF Hospitals
Lengthy contract talks between the California Nurses Association and Sutter Health's California Pacific Medical Center, and St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco turned toxic last week when the union filed a grievance with the city claiming that Sutter had imposed a hiring ban on Filipino nurses. CNA and Filipino community and church groups have asked the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to investigate their allegations of "systematic" employment discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, and national origin. CPMC CEO Warren Browner, MD, called the accusations "false and designed to cover up the union's own failure to win a contract despite three years of negotiations." [Read More]
Nursing Work Conditions at ANCC-Rated Hospitals Studied
While American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program® hospitals have been cited for promoting better patient safety and outcomes, they may not necessarily be providing better working conditions for nurses, study finds.[Read More]
Executives on the Move
CORONA, CA: Corona Regional MC Gets New CEO
Corona Regional Medical Center has named Kevan Metcalfe CEO. Metcalfe has served as COO at Corona Regional since he joined Universal Health Services UHS in August 2009. Before UHS, he served as COO of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, a 154-bed acute care community hospital.[Read More]

BOSTON: BCBS of Massachusetts Names New CEO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Executive Vice President Andrew Dreyfus will become CEO of the health insurer on Sept. 7. Dreyfus, 51, of Newton has been a top administrator at Blue Cross for five years. He previously ran the company's charitable arm, which was credited for crafting a proposal, Roadmap to Coverage, that outlined a universal health care proposal that eventually became law in the Bay State. [Read More]

MORRISTOWN, NJ: Lenahan Named CFO at Atlantic Health
Kevin Lenahan has been named vice president of finance/CFO for Atlantic Health, one of the largest hospital systems in New Jersey and parent company of Morristown Memorial Hospital and Overlook Hospital. Lenahan has served in the organization's finance department for the last 15 years, and will now oversee finances for the company, which has more than 10,000 people, and more than 2,500 affiliated physicians.[Read More]

TOLEDO, OH: Price Named CEO at Mercy
Less than a year after taking the job of COO at Mercy, Andrea R. Price has been promoted to the healthcare group's president/CEO. Price now has overall responsibility for the nonprofit Mercy system, a prominent player in northwest Ohio's healthcare delivery system with more than 7,300 employees and net revenues of nearly $900 million. Its hospitals are Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Mercy Children's Hospital, Mercy St. Anne Hospital, Mercy St. Charles Hospital, Mercy Tiffin Hospital, Mercy Willard Hospital, and Mercy Hospital of Defiance. [Read More]

NORMAL, IL: BroMenn CFO to step down
The vice president of finance for Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and Advocate Eureka Hospital in Eureka is leaving for a career break, and her departure has nothing to do with BroMenn Healthcare System becoming a part of Advocate Health Care earlier this year, BroMenn officials said. Penny Cermak, who has been with BroMenn for 14 years and has been CFO for nine years, will leave the organization at the end of September. She will be replaced by Aron Klein, director of finance at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Klein, 34, will join Advocate BroMenn and Advocate Eureka on Sept. 7 and will relocate to the Bloomington-Normal area with his family.[Read More]

WORCESTER, MA: St. Vincent Hospital President/CEO Resigns
The president/CEO of St. Vincent Hospital, John E. Smithhisler, has resigned. Smithhisler, who had served as the head of 321-bed hospital since 2005, has resigned. Vanguard Health Systems Inc., the parent company and owner of St. Vincent Hospital, had offered Smithhisler another position in its Chicago office. Smithhisler did not accept that position and instead resigned. [Read More]

SOUTH MIAMI: Larkin Community Hospital Gets New CEO
Sandy Sosa-Guerrero, RN, has been named CEO of Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami. She has 20 years of healthcare management experience, most recently as CEO of Metropolitan Hospital in Miami. She is also a member of the Florida International University Nursing Advisory Council, and Keiser College Advisory Council. Additionally, she is a past president of the Miami chapter of the national Hispanic Nurses Association.[Read More]

THE WOODLANDS, TX: US Oncology Announces Executive Moves
US Oncology, Inc. has announced that John E. Osborn will join the company as executive vice president and general counsel today, and that Asif Ahmad will join as executive vice president, technology services on Sept. 20. [Read More]

LOGANSPORT, IN: Memorial Hospital Names CEOLogansport Memorial Hospital will get a new CEO today. David Ameen will officially become president/CEO at the hospital's Aug. 23 board meeting. Ameen holds a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Interim CEO Alan Biggs will return to his role as COO in mid-October once Ameen begins his new role.[Read More]

LONG BEACH, CA: Allen Named President of Molina Healthcare of NMMolina Healthcare, Inc. has announced that Lynn Allen has been promoted to president of its health plan subsidiary, Molina Healthcare of New Mexico. Allen will be responsible for the operational oversight of the New Mexico health plan, as well as the implementation and execution of various strategic initiatives. He previously was the COO for the plan and was responsible for the operational oversight of New Mexico, including provider contracting, provider relations, systems configuration and member services.[Read More]

WASHINGTON: Tabak Named Principal Deputy Director at NIHNational Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, MD, announced the appointment of Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, as principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health. Tabak assumes the position held by Raynard Kington, MD. Kington served as NIH deputy director since 2003, as well as acting NIH Director from October 2008 to August 2009. Kington is leaving the NIH to become the president of Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA.[Read More]

MIAMI: MIAMI JEWISH HEALTH SYSTEMS NAMES NEW CMOMiami Jewish Health Systems has named Brian Kiedrowski, MD, as its CMO. Before joining MJHS, he was vice president and medical director of Catholic Hospice. In his new role, Kiedrowski will lead MJHS' physicians, set the standard for care across the organization, work closely with nursing, risk management, and compliance, and foster relationships with physicians in the community.[Read More]

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