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Hospitals Poised for Job Growth
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Hospitals are subject to many of the forces that have battered the rest of the economy. But, as a job creation machine, the healthcare industry is showing itself to be resilient. Bureau of Labor Statistics data for September indicates that hospital job growth forecast is improving despite frequent mass layoffs. In fact, healthcare was responsible for more than one-in-three new jobs in the entire economy during September.

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  October 11, 2010

 
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IOM: Nurses Need More Education, Training
If the nation's 3 million nurses are to have a greater impact on patient outcomes and safety, they will require higher levels of education and better training, according to the Institute of Medicine. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, was a two-year, $10 million effort to identify actions the nursing community could take to "reimagine and reengineer the nursing profession so that it could radically change and address the big issues confronting our healthcare system," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president/CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which sponsored the 550-page study. "It's a seminal document that establishes the centrality of nursing in providing patient-centered, high-quality care that's efficient and effective," she said. [Read More]
Physicians Prevail in Arkansas Conflict of Interest Case
This is an interesting case, but I'm not sure how relevant it is beyond the case itself, because physician-owned hospitals are on the Endangered Species List. The Supreme Court of Arkansas has sided with physicians who argued that Baptist Health acted improperly when it denied them staff privileges because they owned shares in a competing hospital. The case stems from a Baptist Health Board of Trustees vote in May of 2003 in which the board approved a conflict of interest policy. That policy resulted in barring two cardiologists from clinical staff privileges because they owned an indirect interest in the Arkansas Heart Hospital, according to the complaint. The doctors took legal action in 2004 against the Little Rock healthcare system, said to be the largest in the state, alleging violations of the federal anti-kickback statute, the Arkansas Medicaid Fraud Act, the state's false claims act and the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change
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Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
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Executives on the Move
WILKES-BARRE, PA: Bothe Named CMO/EVP at Geisinger Health System
Albert Bothe Jr., MD, was promoted to executive vice president/CMO at Geisinger Health System. He will guide the activities of Geisinger's 1,200 member provider group practice in 60 central and Northeastern Pennsylvania locations and the health system's three hospital campuses. In addition, Andrew M. Deubler was named executive vice president for the Office of Integrated Resource Development at Geisinger Health System. He will align funding sources to drive innovation and support Geisinger's patient care, education and research mission. [Read More]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT: Betit Named President/CEO of UHA
The Board of Trustees of UHA, Utah Hospitals & Health Systems Association, has appointed Rod L. Betit as president/CEO, effective Oct. 11. Betit brings more than 30 years of health policy experience to UHA, having most recently served for seven years as president of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association. Betit also served as executive director for the Utah Department of Health under Gov. Michael O. Leavitt.[Read More]

MCALESTER, OK: McAlester RHC Board Ousts CEO
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PHILADELPHIA, MS: Graeber to Lead Neshoba County General Hospital, Again
Construction of a new replacement facility will be the top priority when a former administrator returns next month to once again take over as CEO of Neshoba County General Hospital and Nursing Home. Lonnie Graeber, who held the position from 1993 to 2007 as part of the Quorum Health Resources managment team, will assume the duties of CEO on Nov. 15. [Read More]

MURRAY, KY: Bloemer named interim CEO at Murray-Calloway
As the search process continues for the next CEO of the Murray-Calloway County Hospital, the board of trustees unanimously named Brad Bloemer as interim CEO effective Oct. 22. Bloemer, current vice-president of financial services, said he'll do the best he can for MCCH while serving as interim CEO. Current CEO Keith Bailey will stay at the hospital until Nov. 3.[Read More]

NEW MILFORD, CT: Sharon Hospital Gets New CEO
Sharon Hospital, Connecticut's first and only hospital to convert from nonprofit to for-profit status, has a new CEO. Former CNO and acting CEO Kimberly Lumia, RN, was formally named to the post by Essent Healthcare. Lumia has been guiding the hospital since July after the departure of former CEO Charlie Therrien. [Read More]

LOUISVILLE: Kindred Names New Division President
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POINT PLEASANT, WV: Pleasant Valley Hospital Names New CEO
Pleasant Valley Hospital recently named Hugh H. Collins as the new CEO of the not-for-profit hospital. Collins' new job took effect Oct, 4.[Read More]

BEAVER DAM, WI: Beaver Dam Community Hospitals CFO Resigns
K. Scott Abrams has resigned as the CFO at Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc. Abrams, who'd been with BDCH for more than 10 years, said he wants to move back to Racine so he can pursue other business ventures. [Read More]

MACOMB, IL: Hopper to Retire From McDonough District Hospital
Stephen R. Hopper, president/CEO of McDonough District Hospital, has announced he will retire effective Jan. 7, 2011. Hopper has been the longest serving administrator at the not-for-profit, 113-bed MDH, starting in 1985. He will complete 26 years as CEO when he leaves. A search committee has been formed to find a replacement.[Read More]

FRANKLIN, VA: Wright Named CEO at Southampton Memorial
Phil A. Wright II will take over as the chief executive officer of Southampton Memorial Hospital on Nov. 1. Wright will replace David Fuller, who was promoted to CEO at North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, FL. Wright has served as the assistant CEO at Southside Regional Medical Center, a 300-bed hospital in Petersburg, since 2007. [Read More]

PARIS, TX: Porter Named CEO of Paris Regional MC
Nashville-based Essent Healthcare, Inc. has named Bill Porter as CEO of Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, TX. Porter had served as the hospital's COO since January and had been named interim CEO to succeed current CEO Chris Dux after he announced his resignation in August. Porter assumed his new permanent role on Oct. 1. [Read More]

MISHAWAKA, IN: Gutierrez Named CEO at St. Joseph RMC
Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, NJ, has announced that President/CEO Albert Gutierrez is leaving to assume the same duties with Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, IN. Ron Johnson, currently Shore Memorial's executive vice president/COO, is now the president and CEO of the hospital. Johnson was previously tabbed as Gutierrez's successor in December following an 11-month planning process, although he had until Gutierrez's scheduled departure by the end of 2011 to take on the new role. [Read More]

DANVILLE, VA: Danville RMC Gets New CMO
Danville Regional Medical Center has named Saria Carter Saccocio. MD, as its first full-time CMO. Saccocio replaces Lanny Copeland, MD, who served as interim CMO since April. Saccocio comes to Danville Regional from Georgia, where she was associate director of Floyd Family Medicine Residency. She has also served as a clinical assistant professor in the family medicine departments of several colleges, including Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Medical College of Georgia and Mercer University.[Read More]

 
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