HealthLeaders Media HR - March 2, 2009 | Workplace Culture Key to Keeping Docs
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Workplace Culture
Key to Keeping Docs

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The 2008 Physician Retention Survey from the American Medical Group Association found that 50% of physicians who voluntarily resigned last year cited "poor cultural fit" as a primary reason. That may sound discouraging, but it's a great opportunity because improving workplace culture can be a cost-effective process that almost any healthcare organization anywhere and any size can do. [Read More]
  March 2, 2009

 
Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Executive Director/Vice President
Provena Health, Mokena, IL. This position is responsible and accountable for the operational and financial performance of Provena Medical Group. Leads and directs employed medical practices . . . [Read More]

Chief Clinical Officer
Regency Hospital Company, Columbus, OH. The CCO Organizes, develops, directs and maintains the philosophy and objectives of quality patient care . . . [Read More]

Hospital President/CEO
Nueterra Healthcare, Dallas. Responsibilities include working with system management to develop and implement policies and procedures, short- and long-range goals, objectives and plans . . . [Read More]

Chief Executive Officer
Select Specialty Hospital, St. Louis. Provide hands-on operations management with a focus on business development, physician relations, quality services and fiscal accountability . . . [Read More]

Chief Information Officer
UnitedHealth Group, Albuquerque, NM. Individual will be accountable for providing IT services in support of the Behavioral Health needs of the State of New Mexico . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
Sebelius picked to lead HHS
President Obama today presents Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services in a ceremony at the White House. This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has been following this process. Sebelius was considered the top contender after Obama's first pick, former Sen. Tom Daschle, withdrew because of his failure to pay $128,000 in back taxes. Sebelius is well-regarded for her ability to win elections as a Democrat in a strongly Republican state. However, observers note she doesn't have Daschle's insider connections, nor his knowledge of the labyrinthine federal healthcare bureaucracy. HHS secretary is widely regarded as one of the most important cabinet positions in the Obama administration, because almost every broad and sweeping healthcare reform presented by the president will go through HHS. Sebelius is a strong advocate for abortion rights, and has frequently butted heads with antiabortion rights groups. A Catholic League leader called her an "enemy of the unborn." She was also once the executive director of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, so that probably won't win her any brownie points with the AHA, AMA, AHIP, or Republicans. Unlike Daschle, Sebelius will not take on the dual role of White House health czar. It's not clear who, if anyone, will fill that role. Having one person do both jobs, of course, removes any possibility of a turf war. [Read More]
Half of U.S. hospitals running in the red
This really shouldn't be a surprise. Everybody else is in the tank now, why shouldn't the same problems affect hospitals? A new report from Thomson Reuters shows that half of the nation's hospitals are operating at a loss, thanks to several problems hitting in close succession. First hospital investment incomes tank, so no more cushions for operating budgets and goodbye capital projects. Next, paying admissions drop, while the number of uninsured patients increases. The Los Angeles Times reports that 44% of hospitals have seen declines in surgeries, with hip procedures showing the steepest drop-off at 45%. As a result, 47% of the hospitals surveyed by hospital supplier contract manager Novation expect to make staff cuts, and 69% plan to cancel or delay equipment purchases. [Read More]
Hospital cans photo bug nurses
This story got a bit of attention last week—in part—for its giggle factor. Two nurses at Mercy Walworth Medical Center in Lake Geneva, WI, were fired after they allegedly took pictures of a patient with an embarrassing medical problem and posted the pictures on the Internet. I say good riddance! People like that clearly don't understand the immense trust that their position carries. They should not be in healthcare. An old editor once told me to make sure everyone I interviewed spelled their name for me. The reason, he said, was because if I screwed up something as simple as spelling a person's name, then the rest of my story couldn't be trusted. I feel that way about patient confidentiality. If a hospital can't guarantee that its staff considers patient privacy a near-sacred trust, then why should we believe they can provide effective medical care? Stay tuned. I'm sure we will be hearing any month now about a multimillion dollar lawsuit. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
ROCHESTER, MN: Mayo CEO Cortese to step down this year
Mayo Clinic's national President and CEO Denis Cortese, MD, will retire in November. Cortese has become an advocate for reforming the nation's healthcare system, and the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center was formed under his watch, bringing the clinic national exposure and a seat at the health-reform table with both Congress and President Obama's administration. He also oversaw completion of two new hospitals, one at the Mayo campus in Phoenix and the other on the Jacksonville, FL, campus. The search committee will interview candidates for a successor and submit a report to the board at the May meeting. Once a successor is chosen, he said, Cortese will work alongside the incoming CEO until November, a typical Mayo succession. [Read More]

BOSTON: Gottlieb named CEO of Partners HealthCare System Inc.
Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, the president of Brigham and Women's Hospital, will become CEO of Partners HealthCare System Inc. at the end of the year, when James J. Mongan, MD, retires. Partners' board of directors last week unanimously selected Gottlieb, 53, ending five months of speculation. In September, Partners said Mongan would retire at the end of 2009 and named Gottlieb and three other system executives as finalists for his job. A search committee also evaluated outside candidates. [Read More]

SMYRNA, TN: StoneCrest CEO steps down
Neil Heatherly, who started as CEO in 2001 when StoneCrest Medical Center was still in the planning stages, announced his resignation at a board meeting last week. Joe Bowman, who is currently CFO, will act as CEO until a replacement is found. The hospital's marketing director, Bri Brown, also recently resigned. The hospital suffered a setback last week when a state healthcare board denied its request to add neonatal intensive care services in Smyrna. [Read More]

THOUSAND OAKS, CA: Los Robles Hospital & Med. Ctr. CEO resigns
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center President and CEO Jim Sherman has resigned after more than four years on the job to pursue other opportunities. Administrators at the Thousand Oaks hospital announced Sherman's resignation last week. COO Natalie Mussi will serve as interim CEO until a successor is hired. [Read More]

BELLE GLADE, FL: Glades GH, Lakeside MC gets new administrator
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County has named Brian P. Gibbons hospital administrator for Glades General Hospital in Belle Glade. In addition, Gibbons will become Administrator of Lakeside Medical Center, the $73 million regional hospital that the Health Care District is building to replace the 65-year-old Glades General. Scheduled to open late this year, Lakeside Medical Center, located on a 50-acre campus near the western Palm Beach County communities bordering Lake Okeechobee, will feature all-private patient rooms. [Read More]

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