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5 Ways to Reduce Nursing Turnover in Year One
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Turnover among first-year nurses remains a huge cost driver and source of frustration for hospital managers. Here are five best practices for engaging and retaining this vital segment of a hospital's workforce.

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  February 7, 2011

 
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IN nursing industry faces critical shortage
Rumor has it, there's a nursing shortage. I know, there have been lots of reports of hospital layoffs, but if you read down a few graphs into most of these news accounts nursing positions are usually the last to go to the chopping block. And, the recession really has helped to alleviate the shortage for several reasons. Most notably, nurses nearing retirement probably took a financial hit on their retirement accounts. Also, no doubt, a good number of nurses may have had a spouse who lost his job, thus forcing the nurse either to remain on the job, or reenter the nursing workforce. Nonetheless, the demographics don't lie. I don't care how bad the economy is, at some point our graying nurse population will be forced to retire, and they will join the rest of our graying population demanding quality healthcare. [Read More]
Hospital Job Growth Flat in January
What can we make of the latest healthcare job growth report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics? Hospital job growth was flat in January, with only 700 payroll additions reported in the sector for the first month of 2011. Don't read too much into it. It's only one month, and the data could be revised in the coming months anyway. Job growth in the entire healthcare sector ? everything from hospitals to podiatrists' offices to kidney dialysis centers ? was down by half from December's numbers too. Still, healthcare plods on, remaining one of the strongest job creators in the larger economy. Overall, the healthcare sector employed 13.9 million people in January, including 4.7 million jobs at hospitals, 6 million jobs in ambulatory services, and 2.3 million in physicians' offices. It's good to keep track of these numbers, even if we can't make head nor tail of their significance for any particular month. [Read More]
Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Join us on February 15 live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital for HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes. In this extended webcast, share the lessons from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. This extended webcast includes a roundtable discussion—including interactive Q&A—with successful strategies from top executives. [Read More]
Audio conference: Ensuring IRS-Compliant 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
DUBUQUE, IA: Brandon named president/CEO of The Finley Hospital
The Board of Directors of The Finley Hospital has unanimously chosen David R. Brandon as the organization's new president/Chief Executive Officer. He will begin in his new role by mid-February. He replaces John Knox, who had been Finley's president/CEO for nine years. Knox is now the president/CEO of Allen Hospital in Waterloo, IA. Both hospitals are affiliates of Iowa Health System, the state's first and largest integrated health system. [Read More]

ROCKLAND, DE: CEO Ferry to retire after 31 years with Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Tom will retire at the end of this month after 31 years with the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, 29 years as its CEO. Compared to the leaders of other children's hospitals nationwide, Ferry is the second-longest-tenured CEO. He is among the 10 longest-tenured CEOs of all hospitals in the United States. He is being succeeded by Kevin Churchwell, MD, who comes to Delaware from Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN.[Read More]

CLARKSVILLE, TN: Gateway names new CEO
Tim Puthoff has been named CEO of Gateway Medical Center, replacing Mike Mullins. Puthoff has been serving as interim CEO since early April 2010. Mullins has accepted a new leadership position with Franklin-based Community Health Systems and has been on a leave of absence from Gateway since January 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. Puthoff said Friday there won't be any changes in the day-to-day operation of the hospital, but added no longer being the "interim CEO" provides a sense of long-term stability for the hospital. [Read More]

MILWAUKEE, WI: ProHealth shakes up executive team
ProHeath announced a shake-up of its senior executive leadership. Waukesha Memorial Hospital President/CEO Ed Olson will leave his position to become chief external affairs officer for the system. John Robertstad, CEO/ president of Oconomowoc Memorial, will assume Olson's former responsibilities in his expanded role of both branches as president of ProHealth Care's Hospital Division.[Read More]

LUBBOCK, TX: Thibodeaux named COO at Covenant Health System
Covenant Health System has named Troy Thibodeaux COO. Thibodeaux will oversee the operations of Covenant Health System, including Covenant Medical Center, Covenant Women's and Children's and Covenant Specialty Hospital. With more than 1,000 beds and 600 physicians, Covenant is the region's largest hospital. Thibodeaux's career in healthcare system leadership spans 18 years. Most recently he served as executive vice president and COO for Good Shepherd Health System in Longview, TX. Prior to working at Good Shepherd, Thibodeaux was the vice president of operations for East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.[Read More]

LAKE COUNTY, CA: Davies named CEO of Sutter Health's North Bay hospitals
Grant Davies, the executive vice president at California Pacific Medical Center, has been named as the new CEO for Sutter Health's North Bay hospitals. Those hospitals include Novato Community Hospital, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa and Sutter Lakeside Hospital. Davies will also continue as California Pacific Medical Center's CEO. Davies' career in healthcare management stretches back more than 20 years, including the past 10 years with Sutter Health. [Read More]

ASBURY PARK, NJ: Bojko takes over at Kimball Medical Center
Several years ago, questions swirled about whether Kimball Medical Center would remain a part of St. Barnabas Health Care System. The answer is yes. Now a new senior management team led by Executive Director Dr. Thomas Bojko, former director of medical services and clinical operations at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, is in place to move Kimball Medical Center forward.[Read More]

SILVER SPRING, MD: ANA appoints first chief of staff
The American Nurses Association announced that Wylecia Wiggs Harris has been appointed as its first Chief of Staff/Special Projects Officer. Harris will serve as strategic adviser to ANA CEO Marla J. Weston, RN. She will lead special projects across the association and will be the liaison to ANA's subsidiaries and its organizational affiliates. Harris previously served as executive director for the Center for American Nurses. [Read More]

DALLAS: Tenet Names Mercier as CEO at Houston NW Medical Center
Tenet Healthcare Corp. announced that Houston Northwest Medical Center has appointed Linda Mercier, RN, as its CEO. Mercier succeeds Drew Kahn, who now serves as vice president of operations in Tenet's Southern States Region, based at Tenet's headquarters in Dallas. Mercier has served as Houston Northwest's COO since June 2006 and has held various positions at the hospital since 1982. [Read More]

STONY BROOK, NY: NuHealth CFO moves to Stony Brook Hospital
In a reshuffling of Long Island health care executive suites, NuHealth CFO Gary Bie is moving to take the same role at Stony Brook University Hospital. He starts in mid-February. Bie replaces current CFO Dennis Mitchell, who is becoming business development officer, leading the expansion of community physician and network activities.[Read More]

 
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