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What Women Want—But Rarely Get
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

Only 9% of women who work in the healthcare industry are very satisfied with their work/life balance, according to a recent study by the Studer Group. On average, "women said one time per week that they have to make a decision where they feel they are deciding between their family and their job," says Quint Studer, founder and CEO of the organization. "That is a sobering statistic." As a working mother, I can relate to some of the survey findings.
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  November 7, 2008

Editor's Picks
Beverly (MA) Hospital chief may step down
No CEO wants to be known as having a combative management style. It means that you probably don't have the loyalty of the staff and you would be hard pressed to align employees around common goals of the organization. This is the scenario that is playing out at Beverly (MA) Hospital, and it may result in the resignation of CEO Stephen R. Laverty, according to physicians and healthcare executives with ties to Northeast Health System Inc., the hospital's parent organization. In April, Beverly Hospital's physicians took a vote of no confidence in him and nurses took a similar vote last month. [Read More]
Still more hospital closings, layoffs, and bankruptcies
The trend of hospitals laying off staff members, closing, or cutting services during the past few months continues with no signs of slowing. Here is a sampling from this past week. A $37 million projected shortfall is forcing Baystate Health in Western Massachusetts to cut 55 jobs and eliminate 120 vacant positions. Milwaukee-based Columbia St. Mary's eliminated 74 jobs as part of a systemwide initiative to control costs. Sumner Regional Health Systems in Gallatin, TN is laying off 90 employees due to the challenging operating environment for hospitals. Johnson Memorial Corp. laid off 55 staff members and will file for bankruptcy protection as it prepares to merge with Eastern Connecticut Health Network. Charleston (SC) Memorial Hospital is closing, and most of its functions will be absorbed by the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital.
What will an Obama Presidency mean for healthcare?
This Washington Post article offers a good analysis of the challenges Barack Obama will inherit as the next president, for instance, the economic turmoil and war in Iraq. Obama will have some tough choices to make about his legislative priorities during his first two years in office in regards to taxes, energy, education, and healthcare. Speaking of healthcare, this commentary discusses some of the most pressing concerns like the fact that Medicare is in deep fiscal trouble and staring down an insolvency date scarcely 10 years away.
This Week's Headlines
Hospitals see drop in paying patients
New York Times - November 7, 2008
Atlanta's Grady Hospital gets passing marks
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - November 7, 2008
HCA to conserve cash, pay debt with bonds
The Tennessean - November 7, 2008
West Penn Allegheny Health System posts $93.9 million operating loss
Pittsburgh Business Times - November 4, 2008
CMS Delays RAC Permanent Program
Dominic Nicastro, for The RAC Report - November 5, 2008
Case against former Chicago medical center executive gains ground
Chicago Tribune - November 6, 2008
If not universal care, how about universal primary care?
Wall Street Journal (blog) - November 4, 2008
Northwestern HealthCare, Lake Forest (IL) Hospital in affiliation talks
Chicago Tribune - November 4, 2008
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