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Healthcare Reflects Society's Woes
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Medicine is a noble profession, practiced by highly trained professionals, the vast majority of whom are dedicated to their healing mission. But sometimes, covering healthcare as a journalist seems more like covering the police blotter.

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  June 13, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
1 in 2 Physician Job Openings Are in Hospitals
Job openings for private practice physicians are in decline, while 56% of the recruiting demand is for doctors in hospitals, up from 23% five years ago, a national survey shows. [Read More]
PBGC Seeks $25M in St. Vincent's Pension Case
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is appealing a ruling that dismissed a lawsuit brought by New York's Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers' over investments made by Morgan Stanley. [Read More]
Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center
Date: June 23, 2011
What: Get in-the-trenches management tools and techniques to grow your ED's bottom line. Learn how Heartland Health revamped processes and increased revenue from $15 million to $33.5 million and turned its ED into a profit center with a 40% margin.
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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast. Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health—first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.
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Executives on the Move
BALTIMORE: Pronovost named director of New Hopkins Patient Safety Institute
Patient safety expert Peter J. Pronovost, MD, a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been named director of the newly established Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins. Along with becoming director of the institute, Pronovost was named Johns Hopkins Medicine's senior vice president for patient safety and quality. Pronovost is internationally known for his work using a simple five-step checklist coupled with a program of culture change to dramatically reduce the number of central-line associated bloodstream infections in ICUs, virtually eliminating them at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and throughout the state of Michigan.[Read More]

INDIANAPOLIS: Riley Hospital COO announces plans to leave
Three weeks after the CEO of Riley Hospital for Children resigned, his right-hand man announced his departure, too. Brett D. Lee, the COO at Riley, announced his plans to leave the Indianapolis hospital for a new job in Atlanta. His last day will be July 6. It's not clear if Lee's departure is connected to the May 20 resignation of Dan Fink, who had been CEO of Riley for about two years. Fink was replaced as CEO on an interim basis by Marilyn Cox, Riley's CNO.[Read More]

NORTH ADAMS, MA: Northern Berkshire Healthcare reorganizes leadership
Northern Berkshire Healthcare has named Bill Frado Jr., former senior vice president of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and member of the board of trustees, as president. The move comes as part of NBH's reorganization of its leadership structure while it grapples with fiscal woes. While Frado focuses on operations and patient care, current President/CEO Richard Palmisano will remain as CEO and take on the role of "chief restructuring officer." Palmisano will focus on restructuring finances, including bond debt and pensions, as well as pursuing federal "critical access hospital" status. Both he and Frado will report to the board of trustees. [Read More]

TACOMA, WA: Franciscan Medical Group names president
Stephen Spare is the president/CMO at Tacoma's Franciscan Medical Group, succeeding Dean Field, who served as the group's executive leader since 2009. Spare received his undergraduate degree in history at Yale, and went on to earn a degree in medicine from Tufts University of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency and a fellowship in endocrinology at New England Medical Center in Boston. He went on to serve as vice president and executive medical director at Presbyterian Medical Group, an affiliate of Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, NM. He also served as executive vice president of Forsyth Medical Group, a clinical network affiliated with Novant Health of Winston-Salem, NC. [Read More]

RALEIGH, NC: WakeMed names two new execs
WakeMed Health & Hospitals has announce the addition of Vicki Block as senior vice president & Raleigh Campus administrator, and Dale Armstrong as vice president of regional operations. Block will join WakeMed on July 25 from Moses Cone Health System, a five-hospital, 1,168-bed system with more than 7,000 employees where she has served as the vice president of heart, vascular, and imaging services for the past five years. Armstrong, who will join WakeMed by Aug. 1, now is CEO of the Cary, NC-based Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance. [Read More]

WESTWOOD, NJ: Proposed NJ hospital already has CEO
Although the application of the certificate of need for a new hospital in Westwood was just filed, LHP Hospital Group, Inc. and Hackensack University Medical Center have already named a chief executive officer for the facility. Richard S. Freeman will serve as the CEO of Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley (HUMC-PV) if the hospital is approved by the state Department of Health and Senior Services. He was previously the COO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, the CEO of Medical College of Pennsylvania and CEO of Delray Community Hospital, among other positions. [Read More]

WOLFBORO, NH: Tower resigns as Huggins Hospital CEO
Dave Tower, Huggins Hospital CEO, has announced his resignation effective Aug. 31. Tower told the staff that he "remains committed to the Huggins mission" and he will assist with the transition to new hospital leadership.[Read More]

HOUSTON: Fresquez named COO at Houston NW Medical Center
Houston Northwest Medical Center has appointed long-time hospital employee Juan Fresquez as its COO. Fresquez will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital and related services ensuring that the staff delivers high-quality and cost-effective care. Fresquez most recently served as associate administrator at Houston Northwest Medical Center. [Read More]

BRENTWOOD, TN: RegionalCare names Wall CAO
RegionalCare Hospital Partners has announced that Howard T. Wall III has been named as the executive vice president/chief administration officer. Wall comes to RegionalCare from Capella Healthcare where he served as the general counsel/senior vice president. Wall will start at RegionalCare on June 20. Before his time at Capella Healthcare, Wall spent eight years as senior vice president/general counsel/secretary/corporate governance officer of Province Healthcare Company. [Read More]

SALT LAKE CITY: Highland Ridge Hospital names CEO
Jennifer Riedel has been named CEO of Highland Ridge Hospital. Riedel will be responsible for the daily operations of this specialty psychiatric and substance abuse hospital that has been serving Utahans for over 25 years along with various other Salt Lake City and surrounding area contracts operated by the hospital. Riedel previously worked for Pioneer Behavioral Health as the CEO of Harmony Healthcare, an outpatient and managed Care Company in Las Vegas, NV. Most recently she was the COO of a psychiatric hospital in Pennsylvania.[Read More]

MACOMB, IL: Boyd named CEO at McDonough District Hospital
Kenny Boyd, CEO for the Girard Medical Center, has been named President/CEO of McDonough District Hospital, effective July 25. Since 2006, Boyd has been at Girard Medical Center, a 35-bed critical access facility with five outlying clinics and a home health agency located in Girard, KS. Boyd's 12 year healthcare career has included leadership positions at Dickenson Community Hospital in Clintwood, VA and Norton Community Hospital in Norton, VA. Boyd replaces President/CEO Stephen Hopper, who served from 1985 until his retirement in January. Current MDH Vice president for Finance Linda Dace has been serving as interim president/CEO. [Read More]

 
Webcasts/Rounds
Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center
June 23, 2011
Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
August 16, 2011
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