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Blueprint Needed for Infection Fight
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Healthcare-associated infections strike more than 2 million patients in U.S. hospitals each year and play a role in the deaths of nearly 90,000 patients, making HAIs the fifth-leading cause of death at acute-care hospitals, according to reports. Now hospital human resources professionals across the nation are expected to play a role in determining effective staffing levels to identify and reduce HAIs. Good luck! [Read More]
  October 6, 2008

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Chief Executive Officer
Brim Healthcare, Cambridge, NE. Brim Healthcare seeks an experienced healthcare executive for the position of Chief Executive Officer at Tri Valley Health System. Tri Valley is a licensed, 15-bed critical access hospital . . . [Read More]

Chief Operating Officer
Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston, TX. The Chief Operating Officer role is responsible for leading and guiding the operations and personnel of Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute. Role will oversee hospital activities in support of policies, goals and objectives . . . [Read More]

Director of Quality Management
LifeCare Hospital of Wisconsin Pewaukee, WI. The Director of Quality Management oversees the departmental functions of all quality management services in the hospital including Risk Management, Performance Improvement, Medical Staff Credentialing, Patient Safety, Workers? Compensation, Employee Health, and Infection Control . . . [Read More]

Chief Nursing Officer
Sutter Health, Crescent City, CA. The Chief Nursing Officer is accountable for planning, direction, control and evaluation of the operations of all nursing units, Emergency Department, Surgery Services, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, UR/CE/DP/Ed, Laboratory, Pharmacy and Home Care. The CNO is accountable for establishing productive working relationships . . . [Read More]

Chief Nursing Officer
HealthSouth, Columbia, SC. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is a 96 bed rehab hospital located in the capital city of South Carolina. The Chief Nursing Officer is responsible for the development of patient care programs, policies, and procedures . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
Obama rips McCain's 'radical' healthcare plan
I usually stay away from political stories. It's not that I'm worried about alienating readers. It's just that so much of the bluster in this campaign is about stuff that will never happen, such as McCain's health plan. First, he has to win the election, which is looking more and more doubtful by the day. Then, if he wins, he will face a Congress controlled by Democrats, who will almost certainly shoot down this proposal as it is now written. I wouldn't get too excited about any healthcare initiatives Obama is proposing, either, given the staggering economy. So, most of this is just an exercise in thumb sucking. [Read More]
More problems for new LA County-USC hospital
I wrote about this issue a week or two ago when there were questions about whether or not the new $1.02-billion hospital could find adequate staff, particularly in the emergency department. Now, the move to the new hospital has been pushed back from Oct. 17 to Nov. 7, and officials are blaming scheduling snafus for inspections and construction delays. There are also growing concerns that the 600-bed safety-net hospital may not be large enough for the community it serves. [Read More]
Newly insured still relying on ER for routine care
Massachusetts' universal healthcare law has provided healthcare coverage for thousands of families. But old, expensive habits die hard, and many of these newly insured are still returning to the ER for routine medical care. A move is underway in the Bay State to ween the newly insured away from the ER and into primary care. [Read More]
New site may threaten WebMD's dominance
Revolution Health Network and Waterfront Media, a publisher that owns several Web sites, have merged in a $300 million deal that will target WebMD's dominance in healthcare cyberspace. [Read More]
St. John West Shore Hospital lays off 22
More signs of trouble in the healthcare sector, which some people still believe is recession-proof. St. John West Shore Hospital in Cleveland laid off 22 staff members on Friday, citing the overall changes in the hospital business and a desire to increase efficiency. The cuts affect full and part-time positions, and include management, clinical, and non-clinical staff. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
Nashville: HCA's Bovender to retire, Bracken named new CEO
Jack O. Bovender, Jr., chairman and CEO of HCA Inc., will retire as CEO of the nation's largest for-profit hospital company at the end of this year and remain as executive chairman and a member of the board of directors until December of 2009. Richard M. Bracken, HCA's president and chief operating officer, will remain as president and take the helm as CEO on Jan. 1, 2009, in accordance with the company's existing succession plan. [Read More]

Boca Raton: Troubled Boca Raton hospital gets new CEO
Money-losing Boca Raton Community Hospital has ousted its second CEO in less than one year and announced other changes in senior administrative leadership. Jerry Fedele, a managing director at FTI Healthcare, replaces Rick Van Lith, who replaced Gary Strack at CEO in January. BRCH reported losses of $110 million in the fiscal year ending June 30. [Read More]

Albany: Gray named new CEO of Helen Hayes Hospital
New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., has appointed Val S. Gray as CEO of Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, N.Y. Gray has directed the Department of Health's Bureau of Health Facilities Management since 2005. Gray succeeds Magdalena Ramirez, who retired after nearly 20 years as Helen Hayes' CEO. [Read More]

Ann Arbor: Strong named interim CEO of University Hospitals and Health Centers
University Hospitals and Health Centers named chief financial officer Doug Strong as the medical system's new interim CEO, after Larry Warren retired from the post last month. While Strong began his duties Oct. 1, a nationwide search to find a permanent CEO may take six to nine months. [Read More]

Willmar, MN: Hustedt named interim CEO at Rice Memorial Hospital

Dale Hustedt has been named interim CEO Rice Memorial Hospital. Hustedt, who is currently the hospital's associate administrator for facility and human resources, will take temporary leadership of the city-owned hospital until a new, permanent CEO can be found. He replaces Lawrence J. Massa. [Read More]

Grand Rapids, MI: Tucci to lead Spectrum Health's new physician group
Spectrum Health has named James Tucci, M.D., to lead its newly formed physician group. Tucci, who joined Spectrum a year ago as vice president of medical affairs and quality for the health's system Hospital Group, now oversees all operation of the new Spectrum Health Medical Group. [Read More]

Duarte, CA: Chatigny joins City of Hope as VP for patient access services
Judy Chatigny, R.N., M.S.N., a seasoned healthcare administrator, has joined City of Hope as vice president of patient access services. Chatigny will focus on streamlining access to care and patient services. She comes to City of Hope from Loma Linda University Medical Center's cancer institute, where she served as executive director. [Read More]

From HealthLeaders Magazine
10 Events That Could Change Healthcare

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