HealthLeaders Media HR - August 17, 2009 | The Lag at the End of the Tunnel
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The Lag at the End of the Tunnel
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

We are reading reports that the great recession—which started in December 2007—might be over sometime in the third quarter of 2009. Some economists say it's already over. But, before your C-suite pops the champagne, remember that these recovery claims should be read only within the narrow economic measurement of the gross domestic product, which is expected to grow 2.4% in the third quarter. And, while the healthcare sector was one of the last areas of the economy to be adversely affected by the recession, some analysts warn it may also be one of the last sectors to enjoy the recovery. [Read More]
  August 17, 2009

Editor's Picks
'You don't want to go to war with me'
The Boston Globe has a great piece about the dark and seamy underbelly of the physician recruiting game. When Timothy J. Crowley, MD, a senior vice president for Caritas Christi Health Care discovered that a competitor was wooing three of his doctors, his competitive Yin apparently overtook his "do no harm" Yang. "You have fired the first shot," Crowley said in a voicemail to James Blakeley, the recruiter at Mount Auburn Hospital. "And trust me, you don't want to go to war with me. I'll take everything you got and everything you love and kill it." Crowley later told the Globe his remarks were "unfortunate," and were intended as a "light-hearted" joke between two longtime friends with a history of sharp repartee. Mount Auburn saw it differently. An executive there complained to Caritas, and that led to Crowley's departure from the hospital chain May 29. [Read More]
Job search firms: big pitches and fees, few jobs
The New York Times has an interesting piece about headhunter firms that promise big but don't deliver. I'm not sure if this is a trend we will see in the healthcare sector. Even though turnover and demand has somewhat abated of late, as many healthcare professionals stay put to weather the recession I'm still pretty confident that a competent and skilled healthcare professional can get a very good job relatively quickly. If you think differently, let me know. I'd like to hear from healthcare professionals who've tested the labor market lately—both those who've been successful, and those who're still pounding the pavement. What's it like out there? [Read More]
Terminator vows to boost patient protections
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has promised widespread reforms to protect patients from dentists, pharmacists, therapists, and others accused of misconduct. OK. This makes sense. Who wouldn't oppose such reforms? But let's be honest, these announcements are political theater as well. California's state government is a disaster area, and Schwarzenegger needs to do something, anything, to make it look like he is in control and doing something for the common good. Whenever things get rough in government, at any level, elected officials often try to deflect attention by rallying behind some idea that has near-universal appeal, like cracking down on child molesters or going after animal abusers. Naughty healthcare professionals have been served notice by the Terminator. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
CHICAGO: University of Chicago Medical Center's chief stepping down
James Madara, MD, has announced that he will resign as chief executive officer at University of Chicago Medical Center. He will return to the faculty on Oct. 1, stepping out of a spotlight in which he faced criticism over his plan to redirect patients with less severe illnesses and injuries to a network of community hospitals and clinics. Known as the Urban Health Initiative, Madara's program drew the ire of some doctors inside the hospital, two national physicians groups, and Rep. Bobby Rush, who called for congressional hearings. [Read More]

CLEVELAND: Karam takes over St. Vincent Charity Hospital
Sisters of Charity Health System leaders have announced a management restructuring. Health system CEO Sister Judith Ann Karam will take the helm at St. Vincent Charity Hospital while also keeping her role as system leader. In addition, Karam named Joan K. Ross COO for the hospital. Ross, who worked with Karam at the company's South Carolina operations, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital and report to Karam. The restructuring comes about six months after the health system announced a revamped agreement with University Hospitals in which the Sisters won back full ownership of St. Vincent. [Read More]

SYRACUSE: McCabe named CEO of University Hospital
John McCabe, MD, an emergency physician who has served in various key leadership positions at Upstate Medical University during his 22 year association with the university, has been named CEO of University Hospital and senior vice president for hospital affairs, effective immediately. McCabe has served as interim chief executive officer since June 1. [Read More]

WHITE PLAINS, NY: White Plains Hospital Center gets new VP/medical director
Michael J. Palumbo, MD, recently was named executive vice president/medical director at White Plains Hospital Center. Palumbo joined the hospital in July 2005 as the founding medical director of the Adult Hospitalist Program. Palumbo previously operated a private practice of internal medicine in Manhattan from 1990 to 2005. [Read More]

OAKLAND: Children's Hospital CEO Tiedemann quits
Children's Hospital Oakland CEO Frank Tiedemann has left the hospital, and longtime research director Bert Lubin, MD, was named as the interim leader. Hospital officials did not say what led to Tiedemann's departure. His tenure since joining Children's in early 2005, however, was marked by a failed bond issue and consistent rumors that the 2,600-employee, 200-doctor institution wanted to move out of Oakland. Lubin has been at Children's since 1971 and has been instrumental in building Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. [Read More]

FLEMINGSBURG, KY: Lloyd named CEO at Fleming County Hospital
Fleming County Hospital's board of trustees elected Davie Lloyd as the hospital's next CEO. She was selected from three finalist candidates that all met Hospital Board criteria. She began work on Aug. 10 and succeeds Ron Vigus, who has served as interim CEO since early May. [Read More]

RICHMOND, VA: Nichols named CEO of HCA's Randolph Med Center
HCA Virginia has appointed Dia Nichols as CEO of John Randolph Medical Center. He replaces Elwood Boone, Jr. who left in April to take a new position with HCA in Texas. Nichols returns to John Randolph where he served as COO from 2004-2006. Most recently, Nichols was COO of CJW Medical Center's Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, VA. [Read More]

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