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To Relieve ED Crowding,
Stabilize and Mobilize

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

There is more evidence out there that the best way to relieve Emergency Department crowding is to move stabilized patients out of the ED ASAP, even if it means parking their beds in the hallways upstairs. And that's good news for the nation's cash- and staff-strapped hospitals. [Read More]
  October 27, 2008

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Chief Executive Officer
Prosser (WA) Memorial Hospital. Prosser Public Hospital District is seeking qualified applicants for the position of CEO. The district is a progressive and financially stable Critical Access Rural Hospital . . . [Read More]

Chief Operating Officer
Choptank Community Health System, Inc., Denton, MD. The COO reports directly to the CEO and is a member of the senior leadership group. This position plays a critical role in leadership, oversight, direction and evaluation of the operational performance of CCHS . . . [Read More]

Quality Improvement Coordinator
Yoh Health Care, Alameda, CA. Yoh Health Care has an opening for a Quality Improvement Coordinator in the East Bay. In collaboration with and under the direction of the Chief Medical Officer and the Director, Quality and Utilization Management . . . [Read More]

Vice President of Finance
Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI. Serves as Chief Financial Officer for Spectrum Health United Memorial including United and Kelsey Hospitals. Oversees the operations, activities and delivery . . . [Read More]

Chief Medical Officer
Providence Health & Services, Beaverton, OR. The Chief Medical Officer provides overall physician and administrative leadership to Providence Physician Division employed specialists . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
UPMC to lay off 500 employees immediately
Not that we really needed it, but here's another reminder about the impact of the economic downturn for the nation's hospitals. About 500 non-clinical, administrative and managerial employees at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are being laid off this week as part of the health system's pre-emptive and ongoing cost savings initiatives. "We are preparing to do business in a worsening economy," spokesman Paul C. Wood told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. [Read More]
Nashville GH hopes to lure city workers with incentives
Financially stressed Nashville General Hospital is hoping that new incentives will attract to the safety-net hospital a significant number of the 33,000 Metro employees, their spouses, and dependents covered by the city's health insurance plan. In the hopes of improving the payer mix, NGH will waive co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles. [Read More]
Tragedy at Beth Israel Deaconess will test transparency policy
Last week, a 37-year-old woman died during an emergency caesarean section at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Her baby has survived. The tragedy is the latest in a string of unfortunate events that could test the transparency policy championed over the last year by hospital President Paul Levy. [Read More]
CMS to review Medicare Advantage Commissions
This just in from the Department of It's About Time! Federal officials say they will take action on growing concerns about the lucrative commissions awarded to insurance brokers who push Medicare Advantage plans. AP reports that agents make as much as $550 for every new enrollee, and $500 each additional year for keeping that enrollee in the plan. As a result, there are concerns in Congress that unscrupulous brokers will steer enrollees into plans that don't necessarily serve their best interests. Gee! Ya think? [Read More]
Executives on the Move
San Diego: Premier Inc. CEO Norling to retire in 2009
Richard A. Norling will retire as president and CEO of Premier Inc., the nationwide healthcare alliance, on June 30, 2009, the end of his current contract term. A process is under way to have a successor identified well before then and ensure a smooth transition, said Premier Board Chair Lowell C. Kruse, president and CEO of Heartland Health in St. Joseph, Mo. Norling has been planning for his eventual retirement for some time. [Read More]

Miami: Anton named COO of Mercy Hospital
Manuel P. Anton III, MD, has been appointed COO of Mercy Hospital in Miami. Anton has served as the senior vice president and medical director of Mercy Hospital for the past seven years. In his new role, Dr. Anton will manage all areas of the hospital's operation, including patient care and physician relations. [Read More]

Duarte, CA: Gac named VP of HR at City of Hope
Deborah Gac has been appointed senior vice president of human resources at City of Hope. Gac was previously executive director of human resources operations at Scripps Health in San Diego. City of Hope employs nearly 3,500 people. Gac will oversee all employee recruitment and retention, ensuring competitive benefits and bolstering the organization's infrastructure through staff development programs. [Read More]

Sylmar, CA: Sarnova names Davenport CEO
Sarnova, the distributor of healthcare products in the emergency medical services, respiratory and surgical markets, has named Craig T. Davenport CEO. Davenport most recently served as chairman, CEO and president of Endocare, Inc. His appointment follows the creation of Sarnova earlier this year through the merger of two leading distributors of specialty healthcare products: Tri-anim Health Services, Inc. and Bound Tree Medical. [Read More]

Irving, TX: Brenner appointed president of VHA Texas
VHA Inc., the national healthcare alliance, named Geoff Brenner as the new president of VHA Texas, one of VHA's 16 regional offices. Brenner was formerly senior vice president of business development for VHA Texas, which serves more than 70 VHA member hospitals across the state. He replaces Phil Trimarco, who will remain at VHA Texas as an executive advisor to help with the transition until his official retirement at the end of March 2009. [Read More]

The Villages, FL: Richardson named ED director at The Villages Regional Hospital
Burleigh Richardson has been named director of the emergency department at The Villages Regional Hospital. [Read More]
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