HealthLeaders Media HR - January 10, 2011 | For Better Labor Relations, Try Employee Engagement
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For Better Labor Relations, Try Employee Engagement
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Many management consultants on labor issues — while obviously not enamored of unions — also understand that hard-headed, heel-digging opposition and denial on the part of management are not good strategies for keeping unions at bay. Employee engagement is far more effective.[Read More]

  January 10, 2011

 
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Healthcare Powered Job Growth in 2010
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics demonstrate once again that the healthcare sector is not only a job creation machine, but a powerful force in the overall economy. Hospitals created 50,100 jobs in 2010, nearly double the rate of job creation from 2009, and the entire healthcare sector — everything from allergists to X-ray technicians — created 265,800 jobs for the year. BLS says healthcare employed 13.9 million people at the end of 2010, including 4.7 million jobs at hospitals, 6 million jobs in outpatient ambulatory services, and 2.3 million jobs in physicians' offices. Healthcare has been one of the few areas of steady job growth during the recession and slow recovery, averaging 22,150 new jobs each month in 2010, and creating 827,200 jobs since the recession began in December 2007. Consider this: healthcare accounted for 35,700 of the 103,000 jobs created in the entire economy in December. [Read More]
Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Levy to Step Down
This was inevitable ? a classic case of waiting for the other shoe to drop. Paul F. Levy, the beleaguered CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and an outspoken champion for healthcare transparency, announced his resignation last week, eight months after he admitted to "lapses in judgment" in reference to a relationship with a subordinate. It's hard to imagine that this could have ended any other way. Levy seems genuinely contrite. He should be. He was fined $50,000, publicly scolded by his bosses, lost the confidence of many people on staff at BIDMC, eventually was forced to leave his highly visible and prestigious job, and has endured no small amount of humiliation. However, he is also a talented healthcare executive who is widely credited with turning around the finances at BIDMC, which lost $50 million in 2001, the year before he was hired as CEO. His talents are in high demand, and he will be back in hospital leadership soon. [Read More]
Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services
Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women's loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women's health marketing experts. [Read More]
Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans
As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
BOSTON: Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Levy to Step Down
Paul F. Levy, the beleaguered CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and an outspoken champion for healthcare transparency, announced his resignation on Friday, eight months after he admitted to "lapses in judgment" related to a relationship with a subordinate.[Read More]

SAVANNAH, GA: Memorial Health CEO fired, interim replacement named
Memorial Health President/CEO Phillip Schaengold was removed by the healthcare board in a dispute over financials. Board Chair Bill Daniel said the board decided "to part ways" with Schaengold in a disagreement over responses to questions involving the healthcare system's financial situation. Margaret "Maggie" Gill, hospital COO, was asked to step in as acting CEO while the board begins the process of selecting a replacement. [Read More]

LYNCHBURG, VA: Centra Health president retire
Centra Health's first and only president/CEO will retire this year. George Dawson announced his impending retirement last week. He has been a leader in the region's medical community for more than 30 years. Centra is conducting a national search and expects to hire Dawson's replacement this summer. Dawson came to Lynchburg in 1980 as executive director of Virginia Baptist Hospital. That hospital merged with Lynchburg General in 1986 to form Centra, and Dawson became president. The title of CEO was added later. [Read More]

JACKSONVILLE, FL: Aubin named president at Wolfson Children's Hospital
Michael Aubin has been named president of Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. He started on Jan. 1. Aubin comes to Jacksonville from Tampa, where he served as founding administrator and chief operating officer for St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa. St. Joseph's is part of BayCare Health System, a non-profit, community-based, multi-hospital health system. Aubin will follow Larry Freeman, who recently retired after more than 34 years of serving as head of Wolfson Children's Hospital.[Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: FDA's No. 2 to lead MD health department
Joshua M. Sharfstein, the second-in-command at the Food and Drug Administration, is leaving that post after less than two years to become Maryland's top public health official, Gov. Martin O'Malley said. The offer from O'Malley came two weeks ago after John M. Colmers told the governor that he intended to step down after four years as Maryland's secretary of health and mental hygiene. The new job, which Sharfstein will start this week, touches a broad array of public health issues, including infant mortality, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental health and implementation of healthcare reform.[Read More]

KNOXVILLE, TN: Gundersen named CMO of TeamHealth Hospital Medicine
TeamHealth has named Jasen W. Gundersen, MD, as CMO, for TeamHealth Hospital Medicine. Gundersen comes to TeamHealth from UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA, where he most recently served as chief of hospital medicine. [Read More]

Tucson, AZ: Denmark joins Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital
Carondelet Health Network has named Donald Denmark, MD, CMO at Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, effective Jan. 10. Previously, he served as vice president medical affairs of NorthBay Healthcare Group in Solano County, CA, where he provided expertise on medical staff affairs, healthcare delivery issues, clinical informatics and oversight of its Disease Management Division. Denmark also served as medical director for NorthBay's Managed Care Plans.[Read More]

ROANOKE, VA: Carilion executive leaves for MN job
The CMO at Carilion Clinic is leaving to take a new job in Minneapolis, MN. Mark Werner, MD, has been at Carilion since 2004 and has been a leading architect of Carilion's transformation to a clinic model from a traditional hospital system. Werner has accepted a position at Fairview Health Services as the chief clinical integration officer. [Read More]

OCEANSIDE, NY: South Nassau Communities Hospital names new CNO
South Nassau Communities Hospital announced that Sue Penque, RN, has been named CNO/senior vice president of patient care services. Penque, who originally hails from Long Island, comes to South Nassau from the North Memorial Health Care System in Robbinsdale, MN, where she served as CNO. [Read More]

HARTFORD, CT: DeJesus named deputy public health commissioner
Connecticut Gov.-elect Dan Malloy has appointed a Connecticut Hospital Association executive and former head of the Hispanic Health Council to lead state efforts to implement federal health care reform. As a deputy public health commissioner and special advisor to the governor on healthcare reform, Jeannette DeJesús will oversee a wide range of efforts intended to prepare the state for an expansion of health care coverage. Malloy said the job will be a cabinet-level position in his administration, something he said reflected his desire to move forward quickly in reforming the health care system.[Read More]

NEWTON, PA: CHE appoints executive vice president
Catholic Health East has named Sister Mary Persico executive vice president, mission integration. She officially started in her new position on Oct. 11, 2010. She succeeds Sister Julie Casey, who had served in this position since 1998 and announced her retirement in 2010.[Read More]

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