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Wellness Not Just For Patients
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

It may seem obvious. Given the nature of the work, the healthcare industry and healthcare professionals should be on the vanguard of employer-sponsored wellness initiatives like health screenings and risk assessments, smoking cessation and weight loss programs, and disease management. Nope, says Jack Bastable, national practice leader for health and productivity management at Cleveland-based CBIZ Benefits & Insurance. [Read More]
  September 2, 2008

Editor's Picks
Florida's nursing shortage turns critical
The Sunshine State will soon face a critical shortage of nurses as aging baby boomers flock South for retirement. This is hardly a new story, but a new report from the Florida Center for Nursing says the shortfall could grow to 52,000 registered nurses by 2020. [Read More]
Illinois strengthens genetic testing protections
Illinois becomes the latest state to offer protections against discrimination for people who undergo genetic tests to determine their risk of acquiring disease. The new law puts Illinois in line with federal law. [Read More]
Celebrities' private health records go public
Growing attention in the last few months has focused on securing healthcare records following a string of high-profile leaks of celebrities' confidential health files to the media. In an article last week, USA Today asks of doctor-celebrity confidentiality "Does it even exist?" To which we reply: "No!" A related story from the Los Angeles Times last week discusses clamping down on health records snoops. [Read More]
Hospital cost increases slowed in '06
A new study by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that hospitals' cost increases slowed in 2006 as health insurers pushed more people into outpatient care and pressed for more discounts. [Read More]
Skid Row hospital scammer pleads guilty
Estill Mitts admitted to federal prosecutors that he recruited homeless people on Los Angeles's Skid Row for a scheme to provide bogus healthcare services and bilk the federal government out of millions of dollars. Mitts, 64, stole more than $1 million in the scam. Three Los Angeles-area hospitals have been named in the probe, but the hospitals say they've done nothing wrong and are cooperating with the feds. Stay tuned. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
Miami, FL: Ruben Jose King-Shaw Jr. named CEO of All-Med
Ruben Jose King-Shaw Jr., the secretary of Florida's massive Agency for Health Care Administration under former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, has been named CEO of All-Med Services of Florida, a Miami-based durable medical equipment supplier. King-Shaw will also lead Clinical Medical Services, All-Med's affiliate in Puerto Rico. [Read More]

Louisville, KY: Peterson elected to Humana's board
Marissa T. Peterson has been elected as a member of the board of directors at Humana Inc. Peterson, 46, was formerly executive vice president of worldwide operations, executive vice president of services and chief customer advocate for Sun Microsystems Inc. in Santa Clara, CA. She retired in 2005 after 17 years with the company. [Read More]

Naples, FL: HMA appoints Briggs, Vaughan Divisional Leaders
Health Management Associates, Inc. has appointed Vicki Romero Briggs as senior vice president and division CEO, responsible for HMA's North and South Carolina hospitals and the partnership in those hospitals between HMA and Winston Salem-based Novant Health. HMA has also appointed Page H. Vaughan senior vice president and divisional CEO for HMA's Midwest City area hospital operations, including the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus joint venture. [Read More]

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Executive Director
Pennock Health Services, Battle Creek, MI. Seeking an experienced, dynamic, and innovative leader to join Pennock's Executive Healthcare team. The newly created position of Executive Director of Pennock Foundation directs all philanthropic efforts, coordinates the Pennock Foundation Board, and reports to the CEO . . . [Read More]

Administrator CEO
HealthSouth, Fort Worth, TX. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the hospital. This position is accountable for planning organizing and directing the hospital to ensure that quality patient care is provided and that the financial integrity of the hospital is maintained . . . [Read More]

Chief Nurse Officer
Core Medical Group, Seattle, WA. The Chief Nursing Officer is a member of the Hospital Executive Team. Responsible for integration, coordination, and direction of nursing and patient care within the overall operation of the hospital. Directs nursing and patient care to ensure the delivery of high-quality and cost-effective healthcare consistent with the mission . . . [Read More]

Director, Quality and Patient Safety
Bert Fish Medical Center, New Smyrna Beach, FL. The Director of Quality and Patient Safety oversees the comprehensive quality and performance improvement program. Also responsible for the Quality Score Card as well as implementing quality and patient safety strategies to be aligned with the hospital's overall operational and strategic plan . . . [Read More]

Senior Director, Medical Informatics
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Skokie, IL. In this role, you will: Oversee all daily Epic clinical functions of direct reports, oversee planning and management of strategic clinical projects of clinical areas within the hospitals and clinic divisions, plan and manage strategic physician projects to achieve Advisory Committee goals . . . [Read More]
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Help the Uninsured (Without Going Broke)

The number of people who can't pay much—or anything—for their care just keeps rising. Some hospitals have found new ways to help them while still protecting the financial health of the hospital. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Craig Sammit, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Dean Health System in Madison, WI, speaks with HealthLeaders Media's Elyas Bakhtiari about efforts to develop more physicians for leadership roles within the health system. [Listen Now]
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