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Are Your Workers Ingrates,
Or in the Dark on Benefits?

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

HR can be a thankless task. You bust your hump adopting value-based benefit design programs that save your employees money and provide better care options with healthier outcomes, and what do you get in return? The thanks of a grateful workforce? Hardly! Well, I hate to pile on, but if your employees don't understand that you're actually helping them save money and improve their lives, then it is your fault. [Read More]
  November 17, 2008

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

HealthSouth, Colorado Springs, CO. 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 . . . [Read More]

Director of Social Services
Holly Hill Hospital, Raleigh, NC. this management position is responsible for developing and administering a comprehensive system and clinical supervision of inpatient social services . . . [Read More]

Director of Women's Services
JFK Memorial Hospital, Indio, CA. This position is responsible for inpatient and outpatient nursing care in the specialty of Women's Services. It will be an integral part of the nursing leadership team . . . [Read More]

Chief Financial Officer
Baptist Health Care, Pensacola, FL. This position will serve as the senior operational finance leader and CFO for Gulf Breeze Hospital and the Andrews Institute campuses . . . [Read More]

Chief Financial Officer
Mendocino Coast District Hospital, Fort Bragg, CA. The CFO recommends strategic direction of financial performance of healthcare district . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
WellPoint to offer medical travel benefits
We've been hearing about "medical tourism" for years but the story has trickled out in patient-by-patient increments. Maybe that has changed with reports that Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. is jumping on the trend. The Star-Tribune reports that the nation's second-largest health insurer in January will offer employees of Wisconsin-based Serigraph Inc. the option of traveling to India for nonemergency procedures such as joint replacement surgery. Serigraph will waive the insurance deductible and coinsurance for employees who agree to go, paying all medical costs as well as travel expenses for the patient and a companion. [Read More]
Big Pharma readies big money campaign to undercut Obama
It's been said that Pharma has more than two well-paid lobbyists for every member of Congress—that's more than one per ear. That's pretty much why they get what they whatever they want, like blocking cheaper drug imports, and extending patents to squash generic competitors. But the election of Barack Obama may usher in a new era of government intervention on price controls. Drug companies are girding for a fight. What's the good of hiring all those well-heeled lobbyists if they can't muscle through your agenda? This time, however, those tassel-loafered lobbyists for Pharma should tread lightly. The GOP found out very recently that the nation is in no mood for scare tactics and false accusations. Americans are shaken by the economic meltdown and they fear the growing costs and accessibility of healthcare. Pharma must take great pains not to appear obstructionist, even if they are. [Read More]
Layoffs update: Hospital woes across the nation
It says a lot about the state of the economy that, even in a vital industry like healthcare, hospitals are laying off employees all over the country. Hardly a day goes by when we don't learn of at least one hospital closing outright or laying off scores of employees. The Associated Press reports that the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, a teaching hospital severely damaged by Hurricane Ike, will lay off about 3,800 workers—nearly a third of its work force—because it is running out of money. St. Vincent's Health System in Birmingham, AL is laying off 74 workers and closed another 55 open positions. The Catholic health system has lost $43 million in the last two years. And Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, OH is cutting 40 jobs, owing to the economic downturn.
UCI Medical Center to reduce pediatric care
University of California-Irvine Medical Center plans to eliminate its 25 pediatric beds early next year and transfer in-patient services to the Children's Hospital of Orange County, a proposal criticized by some politicians and protested by hospital nurses at a rally Wednesday outside the hospital. There is a plan to convert the pediatric beds to adult beds to help handle high demand for those services. At the same time, the eight-bed pediatric intensive care unit will be absorbed into its regular intensive care services. [Read More]
Happy Thanksgiving!
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a happy Thanksgiving holiday. HealthLeaders Media HR will not publish next week, but will be back December 1.
Executives on the Move
Denver: HCA-HealthONE LLC names COO for RMHC
HCA-HealthONE LLC has named Matt Sogard as the first COO for the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children on the Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center campus in Denver. Sogard has served as Associate Administrator for P/SL for nearly 4 years. Before joining HealthONE, he worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in Iowa City, IA. [Read More]

Los Angeles: Sell named president of Health Net Inc.'s California subsidiary
Steven Sell has been named president of Health Net Inc.'s largest subsidiary, Health Net of California, Inc. [Read More]

St. Louis: SSM announces several key personnel moves
SSM Health Care has announced three key personnel moves. Melvin Alexander has been named corporate vice president, Finance and Treasury, effective Dec. 17. Dan Varga, MD, regional vice president-medical affairs and CMO of SSM Health Care - St. Louis, will leave the health system at the end of November and has accepted a new position with St. Joseph Health System in Lexington, KY. Philip P. Gustafson has been named president/CEO of St. Mary's Good Samaritan Inc. in Centralia, IL, and system vice president of SSM Health Care, effective Dec. 30. [Read More]

Minneapolis: RedBrick Health names new CFO
Health insurer RedBrick Health has named John Uribe as CFO. Uribe will be in charge of financial accounting, corporate development, trust and compliance, and legal functions for RedBrick Health. Uribe most recently worked for General Electric Commercial Finance, where he served as vice president of business development. [Read More]

From HealthLeaders Magazine
What's Your Brand?

That's what your patients want to know. But hospitals are discovering the same old differentiators aren't good enough anymore. Is YOUR organization ready to deliver on its brand promise? [Read More]
Audio Feature

Joel J. Reich, MD, senior vice president for medical affairs at Eastern Connecticut Health Network, discusses the disconnect between physicians and hospital administrators when it comes to quality improvement efforts. [Listen Now]