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Part 2: How a CEO Empowered Staff to Save $3M and Their Jobs

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2011

"You have to be very careful about this," he says. "We had to have a crisis moment, if you will, that everybody felt, and you don't want to keep going back to this well all the time. When we made the beaker goal, it established immense trust with the workforce. Leadership made a promise, and fulfilled it."

Now Newton is trying to build on the success of the beaker by getting employee buy-in on achieving eight organizational goals.

"When I introduced them, I walked through why each one was important, and I also said this is not about holding back merit raises, or layoffs, this is what we need to do for organizational success. We're building on that culture and the importance of being an advocate for the organization. Your livelihood depends on the success of this organization. If you get a paycheck, your job is to advocate and support and help us grow."


Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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5 comments on "Part 2: How a CEO Empowered Staff to Save $3M and Their Jobs"


amber rotter (1/13/2012 at 5:22 PM)
How did Mark Newton's daughter make 50,000 in 2009? What exactly does she do? Oh,I also remember her winning the 10,000 Gala raffle. Was that fixed Mark Newton.Stop firing good employees and acting like you cold hearted jerks are compassionate. Get ris of your daughter's bullshit position. Everyone,especially doctors, hate you. What does Derek Kelly do that he made 339,493 in 2009? Sorry Guaccio, he made more than you.How is it that Mary Shehan also has a family member that is getting paid. P.S. Stop trying to hire more physicians. We have no respect for physicians that cannot be successful on their own. We all know that other hospital is buying Swedish. It's funny how you made sure the vocal, outspoken honest nurses were off when magnat was there. Once you had your magnet status,you got rid ocf everything good. You also cut people's pay and understaffed the floors. NOthing good has happened since you have been there. You pretend to be a class act but you are the opposite.

RN (7/3/2011 at 10:29 AM)
re: Don's post. Don, you forgot other ways that the hospital saved money DURING that year. The evening and night shift differentials were cut from dietary, public safety, maintenance and housekeeping workers. It went from $2/hr to $1/hr and has never been restored. It was done quickly and quietly.

Mike (5/11/2011 at 4:50 PM)
I am proud to say that Mark Newton was one of the most influential leaders and mentors I have had the privilege to work with in my career. he took a the time to invest in my growth and development as a young professional in healthcare that has led to my professional success.