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Wellness Programs Show Hard-dollar Savings
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Until recently, it's been difficult to consistently demonstrate savings generated by wellness programs. But a just-published, four-year study finds that over several years, healthcare costs of wellness program participants rose at demonstrably slower rates than a control group.[Read More]

  February 28, 2011

 
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Add Healthcare Policy to Medical School Curriculum, Doctors Say
Two physicians and a medical school graduate at the University of Michigan Medical School make a solid argument for having medical school curriculums include instruction on how healthcare systems function—especially with the advent of complicated national healthcare reforms. The report correctly notes that patients will expect their healthcare providers to know how the system works. I would take this a step further and suggest that all clinicians have a general understanding of how the business of healthcare and health insurance function, and how the new healthcare reforms will impact the healthcare sector. [Read More]
Patient Engagement Key to EMR Success
Hospitals are spending billions of dollars to achieve meaningful use of electronic medical records, but if patients don't use the new technology, hospitals may not reap the federal stimulus payments that await. That's the conclusion of a report—Putting Patients into Meaningful Use—from PwC's Health Research Institute, which found that 14% of 1,000 consumers surveyed last fall said they get their medical records electronically from their physicians. [Read More]
Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Read More]
Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction
Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
BOSTON: Tufts Medical Center CEO Zane to retire
Ellen Zane—who helped build Massachusetts' largest physicians' network at Partners HealthCare, then joined a competitor, Tufts Medical Center, to pull it from the brink of flatlining—is stepping down as the hospital's CEO to join her husband in a long-delayed retirement. Her last day will be Sept. 30, but the board of trustees has asked Zane to stay on as a vice chairman of the board and a paid consultant to the medical center for a year to assist with the transition in leadership. [Read More]

BALTIMORE: Gragnolati named SVP at Johns Hopkins Health System
Brian Gragnolati, president/CEO of Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been named senior vice president of the Johns Hopkins Health System. Gragnolati will head Johns Hopkins Medicine's Community Division, a newly established office designed to ensure greater system-wide clinical integration. The effective date of the appointment is March 1.[Read More]

HARTFORD, CT: Saint Francis Names Two Senior Execs
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has announced two appointments --John N. Giamalis as the CFO and Arthur W. DeTore, MD, as the chief physician executive, a newly created position. Both start their jobs March 7. Giamalis, a CPA, spent 14 years with The Hartford, serving as a financial executive, where he held the positions of Senior Vice President and Treasurer, and Senior Vice President and Controller. DeTore most recently served as Executive Vice President, Strategic Direction and Business Development at Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, IN, a community health system serving northeast Indiana. [Read More]

KEALAKEKUA, HI: Kreuzer named CEO for Kona Community Hospital and Kohala Hospital
The HHSC West Hawaii Regional Board of Directors has named Jay Kreuzer as the CEO of the West Hawaii region, which includes Kona Community Hospital and Kohala Hospital. He is scheduled to begin working on March 14. Kreuzer was executive vice president of Resurrection Health Care, a not-for-profit health system located in Chicago.[Read More]

TUCSON, AZ: Northwest Medical Center names CEO
Northwest Medical Center has announced that Kevin Stockton will become its CEO on March 14. Stockton has held a variety of leadership positions in hospital administration for more than 14 years and is currently CEO of Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, a 404-bed academic center. His background includes strategic planning, physician recruitment and relations, commitment to employee satisfaction and a dedication to providing high-quality, safe patient care, Northwest Medical said.[Read More]

ST. LOUIS: Des Peres Hospital CEO Meyer leaves post
Michele Meyer, the longtime CEO of Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s Des Peres Hospital, has resigned abruptly from her post. Meyer, who became the hospital's chief executive in 1999, oversaw the institution's transformation from a sleepy suburban hospital to a bustling facility that offers services ranging from cardiology and emergency care to bariatric surgery. In recent years the hospital's mortality and readmission rates have been comparable to the national average, but reported infection rates in its medical/surgical intensive care units were consistently worse than the national average. Tenet officials declined to say why Meyer left, or whether or not her departure was voluntary. [Read More]

GREAT NECK, NY: McGinn named chair of medicine at NSUH/LIJMC
The North Shore-LIJ Health System has appointed Thomas McGinn, MD, chair of medicine at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) and LIJ Medical Center, and professor of medicine and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. McGinn comes to North Shore-LIJ from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he was chief of general internal medicine.[Read More]

BIG BEAR LAKE, CA: Hecksel named CEO at Bear Valley Community Healthcare District
Marc Hecksel from Agoura Hills, CA has been named CEO of the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District. Hecksel's contract was approved by district directors on February 22. Hecksel is a former executive vice president of Aptium Oncology, Inc. He was affiliated with the public healthcare firm for more than seven years. [Read More]

HARTFORD, CT: Aetna Names Leonard CTO
Aetna has announced the appointment of Richard J. Leonard, 57, as Chief Technology Officer, reporting to Vice President/CIO Michael Mathias. Leonard has been head of Systems Architecture and the company's mergers & acquisitions IT services team. Leonard joined Aetna in 1996 following the acquisition of U.S. Healthcare. During his career, he has led a number of technical teams within Aetna Information Services. Most recently, he has been responsible for the strategy and architecture used in technology solutions as well as assessing the technology and driving the technical integration of acquisition targets.[Read More]

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