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Buzzwords or Background Noise?
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Too often, buzzwords are sound bites, signifying nothing, often told by poor managers to cover their own lack of shortcomings. Peter Stark doesn't quite see it that way. The San Diego-based consultant and author has examined thousands of employee satisfaction surveys over the last 20 years from a variety of industries. He's compiled a list that shows that happy employees and successful companies value communication, vision, and innovation, along with a bunch of other buzzwords and catchphrases. [Read More]
  December 8, 2008

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Chief Executive Officer
Plateau Medical Center, Charleston, WV. The Chief Executive Officer will participate in operational decision-making processes necessary for the successful attainment of the hospital's mission . . . [Read More]

HealthSouth, Houston. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Hospital. This position is accountable for planning organizing . . . [Read More]

Physician Practice Manager
Medical Center Clinic, Pensacola, FL. Provide management services for the medical departments by ensuring that the department is being run in a businesslike, professional, cost effective and patient-oriented . . . [Read More]

Executive Director: Emergency Services
Baptist Hospital, Nashville. The Executive Director of Emergency Services will provide administrative, technical, educational, and operational leadership for complex Emergency Department services . . . [Read More]

Chief Financial Officer
HMA Corporate, Madison, MS. Responsibilities include management of all financial departments, allocation of resources, and preparation of annual budget . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
Hospitals pump perks to pull in patients with private insurance
Call it smart marketing, or call it the "edifice complex," as some critics do. But more and more hospitals are offering lavish perks to lure better-paying, privately insured patients. We've always offered tiered healthcare in this country. Like everything else, you get what you pay for. If you have more money, you'll probably have access to better care. The soon-to-open Henry Ford Health System West Bloomfield Hospital in suburban Detroit, for example, is drawing comparisons to a five-star hotel. The hospital's $360 million atrium will resemble a northern Michigan Main Street, complete with storefronts offering health and wellness products. No doubt, the hospital will provide some charity care, but they're not building that atrium with indigent patients in mind. Meanwhile, Detroit Medical Center's Detroit Receiving Hospital, the city's largest safety net hospital, reported losses of $11 million in 2007, as they're dealing with a rising tide of uninsured and newly poor, owing to the downturn in the economy. [Read More]
Insurers propose universal, centralized healthcare
Were you a professional wrestling fan when you were a kid? If so, maybe you can relate. Remember when Sgt. Slaughter turned over a new leaf and wrestled on the side of goodness and light? Then, just when you started liking the guy, bam! He hit the gullible Hulk Hogan over the head with a folding chair. Well, I'm getting this kind of vibe from the health insurance industry. About 15 years ago, it was the health insurance industry that led the charge against universal healthcare. Now, they're calling for centralized, universal healthcare. This makes me dizzy. I'd sit down, but somebody swiped my folding chair. [Read More]
HCA cuts HQ payroll, lays off more than 100 IT workers
When the nation's largest, and one of the most-profitable, hospital chains starts laying off staff and cutting payroll, you know things are getting tough. The layoffs come just a few weeks after the Nashville-based HCA announced that it would close the 38-bed Portland Medical Center in nearby Sumner County. [Read More]
California judge affirms balanced billing ban
A judge in Sacramento has affirmed a new California regulation that protects consumers caught in the middle during payment disputes between hospitals and insurers. The practice, known as "balanced billing," affects people in HMOs who seek emergency treatment at hospitals outside their networks, who are sometimes billed for thousands of dollars. California's medical and hospital associations oppose the regulation and say it could undermine networks and agreements in place between insurers and their member hospitals. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
Nashville: HCA names new corporate controller
HCA, the nation's largest hospital chain, has appointed Donald W. Stinnett to the currently vacant position of senior vice president and controller. Stinnett now serves as the CFO for HCA's eastern group and has been with the company since 1999. [Read More]

Oak Brook, IL: JCR appoints Bailey as board chair
Eli Lilly executive Jack Bailey as been appointed the 2009 chair of the Joint Commission Resources Board of Directors and LaMar S. McGinnis, MD, as the JCR board's vice chair. JCR is a nonprofit affiliate of The Joint Commission. McGinnis is a clinical professor of surgery at Emory University and senior medical advisor and liaison with the American Cancer Society, both in Atlanta. [Read More]

Janesville, WI: Swanson named CEO of St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Kerry Swanson, COO at Alliance (OH) Community Hospital, has been named president of St. Mary's Janesville Hospital. Swanson will oversee the construction, opening, and ongoing operations of the new 50-bed St. Mary's Janesville Hospital, which is set to open in 2010. She will begin her duties on Jan. 4. [Read More]

Overland Park, MO: St. Luke's names new CEO
Julie L. Quirin, president and chief executive officer of St. Luke's South hospital in Overland Park, has been named CEO of St. Luke's Hospital, effective Dec. 22. Quirin will fill the role now held by G. Richard Hastings, who since 1999 has served in a dual role as CEO of St. Luke's Hospital and the St. Luke's Health System. Quirin will report to Hastings, who will continue as CEO of the system. A search has been started for Quirin's replacement at St. Luke's South. [Read More]

Hilo, HI: Ainsley named CEO of Hawaii Health System East Region
Texas hospital administrator Howard Ainsley has been named the new chief executive of the Hawaii Health Systems Corp.'s East Hawaii region and the Hilo Medical Center. He replaces Ronald Schurra who retired Dec. 1. [Read More]

Calais, ME: Hospital announces new CEO
Calais Regional Hospital's board of directors has announced that Michael K. Lally has been named the hospital's new CEO. CRH has been under the direction of Harrell Connelly, interim CEO, since April. Lally will take over Jan. 5. [Read More]

Goodyear, AZ: Adkins to lead West Valley Hospital
Abrazo Health Care has tapped Jo Adkins as chief executive officer for West Valley Hospital. She replaces Phil Gustafson, who has left to become president/CEO of St. Mary's Good Samaritan Inc. and system vice president for SSM Health Care in Illinois. [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]