HealthLeaders Media HR - October 12, 2009 | Healthcare Industry Can Learn From Other Sectors
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Healthcare Industry Can Learn From Other Sectors
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The 2010 Towers Perrin annual Health Care Cost Survey of the nation's 300 largest businesses projects that the average per-employee healthcare cost in the coming year will increase by 7%, pushing that expense across the $10,000 threshold for the first time. There weren't any hospitals in this group, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't pay attention to the findings. [Read More]
  October 12, 2009

 
Editor's Picks
Letterman's indiscretions provide 'teaching moment' on sexual harassment
Regardless of what you think about the recent conduct of TV host David Letterman, his mea culpa and public airing of his private erring over his sexual dalliances with subordinates provide an excellent reminder of why we have sexual harassment policies. CBS and Letterman have done a good job at damage control so far. But this isn't just about damage control. Before this is over, a lot of people will see their professional and personal lives tarnished because of this ill-advised conduct. I'm not bringing this up to wax moralistic or argue about the degree to which Letterman engaged in inappropriate conduct with subordinates, or how it measures up with the infidelity or indiscretion of other celebrities. The entire affair just demonstrates how sexual harassment can poison any working environment. If you want another vivid—albeit fictional—example of the dehumanizing effect of workplace sexual harassment, watch Mad Men, the brilliant TV drama that chronicles the mores and attitudes of the pre-Boomer generation. Not everything about the good old days was good. If you're planning sexual harassment workshops in the near future, Letterman and Mad Men would provide excellent fodder for your opening monologue. [Read More]
Medical ethicist: Stop 'whining!' Get a flu shot
I received some good feedback on my column last week suggesting that the government should take a greater role in mandating flu shots for healthcare workers. Most of the folks who responded were dead set against the idea. They raise some fair points, and the idea of any entity public or private forcing inoculations does raise civil liberties issues. "How far will it go," etc. But I stand by what I said, because there is also the threat that infected healthcare workers can spread the flu to otherwise healthy patients. I felt like my remarks were relatively benign. Medical ethicist Arthur Caplan makes his case a little more forcefully. [Read More]
Physician sues Johns Hopkins over dismissal
In light of a $24 million lawsuit filed by a doctor against Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore claiming that he was unlawfully fired earlier this year, how can hospitals prepare for legal troubles? Oscar Serrano, MD, a former surgical resident, says he was fired because he refused to lie on the ACGME Resident Survey, according to the Associated Press. Serrano's lawsuit states the firing was unlawful because there's not enough evidence of poor performance as his evaluations only showed high marks. [Read More]
HealthLeaders Media Debuts New Pillar Dedicated to Nurse Leaders
HealthLeaders Media has debuted a new pillar dedicated to nurse leaders. Sign up to receive HealthLeaders Media NursingLeaders, a free weekly e-newsletter that offers concise updates on the top nursing leadership headlines of the week from top news sources. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
ANCHORAGE: Holt named CEO at HCA's Alaska Regional Health
Annie Holt has been named president/CEO of Alaska Regional Hospital, effective Oct. 13. Holt has 30 years of hospital administration experience, most recently as the vice president of the Quality and Service Line Department for HCA Mountain Division, the parent company of Alaska Regional. Her previous positions include COO/CCO at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, CEO at Indianapolis Women's Hospital, and CEO at Methodist Children's Hospital and Women's Services in San Antonio, TX. She succeeds Ed Lamb, who resigned last month after 10 years with Alaska Regional to become CEO of an HCA hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. [Read More]

NOVI, MI: Neumann named general counsel at Trinity Health
Trinity Health has named Paul G. Neumann general counsel and senior vice president. Most recently, Neumann served as general counsel of Catholic Health Initiatives. With Neumann's arrival on Nov. 2, Daniel Hale, who has served as Trinity Health's legal counsel for the past 13 years, will transition to executive vice president of Trinity Health's Institute for Health and Community Benefit focusing on community programs and chronic health issues. [Read More]

AUSTIN, TX: St. David's MC names new CNO
St. David's Medical Center has named Susan E. Griffin as CNO. Griffin, formerly CNO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital—a part of the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston—has more than 15 years of experience in the CNO role and more than 31 years of experience in nursing. [Read More]

JOPLIN, MO: Pulsipher named CEO at St. John's Regional MC
Gary W. Pulsipher has been named president/CEO of St. John's Regional Medical Center by Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis. He will assume the role upon completion of the pending transfer of St. John's later this year to Sisters of Mercy Health System. St. John's currently is owned by Catholic Health Initiatives, of Denver, CO. Pulsipher will serve as a member of Mercy's transition team until the transfer is complete. Pulsipher will take over from George Caralis, who was named interim CEO in 2008. He succeeded Debbie Linnes, who recently accepted a position as president and CEO of the 266-bed Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. [Read More]

LINCOLN, NE: Woodrich named COO at BryanLGH Medical Center
John T. Woodrich will become the president/COO of BryanLGH Medical Center on Dec. 1. He succeeds Craig Ames, who retired in June. Woodrich, a native of Omaha, has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, beginning his career at Saint Joseph Hospital in Omaha. He currently is president/CEO of Mercy Health System of Kansas, serving as CEO of Mercy's medical centers in Independence and Fort Scott. [Read More]

HOUSTON: St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital names new CEO
Margaret M. Van Bree has been appointed CEO of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, and also will serve as senior vice president of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, effective Oct. 5. Van Bree has served as senior vice president/COO at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison since 2007. She also held the same or similar roles since 1999 at the University of Virginia Health System and Fairview-University Medical Center in Minneapolis. [Read More]

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