HealthLeaders Media HR - January 19, 2009 | Healthcare Faces 'Interesting Times'
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Healthcare Faces 'Interesting Times'
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

There's an old saying: "May you live in interesting times." It's allegedly from China, and there is debate about whether it's meant as a blessing or a curse. If you're an HR executive in the healthcare industry, there is no denying that we are living in interesting times right now, and it's hard to say if that's a blessing or a curse. So, let's take a little time to review the world we're working in, and what is likely in store for at least the near future. [Read More]
  January 19, 2009

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Chief Clinical Officer
Regency Hospital Company, Columbus, OH. The Chief Clinical Officer will be a clinical leader within the organization and on the floor as needed. The CCO Organizes, develops, directs and maintains . . . [Read More]

Chief Executive Officer
Metrocare, Dallas. The CEO will have executive responsibility for the effective administration of Metrocare Services. He or she will actively represent Metrocare with its stakeholder agencies . . . [Read More]

Chief Operating Officer
National Surgical Hospitals, Corpus Christi, TX. The COO will be accountable for the direction and coordination of all aspects of the facility. Responsibilities include board relations, physician relations . . . [Read More]

Senior Director, Surgical Services
CHW-Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento, CA. This position is accountable on a 24-hour basis for the organization, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care in the surgical areas with direct reporting accountability . . . [Read More]

Director of Surgical Services
The Women's Hospital of Texas, Houston. The Director of Surgical Services is responsible for the overall operations of the Surgery Department inclusive of administrative and technical operations . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
Privacy debate complicates push to link medical data
This is a discouraging story, but it shouldn't surprise anyone whose read about the numerous security lapses at hospitals across the nation that have opened patients' records to unauthorized review. President-elect Barack Obama's plan to link up doctors and hospitals with new information technology, as part of an ambitious job-creation program, is imperiled by a bitter, seemingly intractable dispute over how to protect the privacy of electronic medical records. Lawmakers, caught in a crossfire of lobbying by the healthcare industry and consumer groups, have been unable to agree on privacy safeguards that would allow patients to control the use of their medical records. [Read More]
Bush 'conscience rights' rule spawn spate of lawsuits
Gee what a surprise! Didn't see this coming! Who'd have imagined that when you sneak in a controversial rule change concerning the most divisive issue of the times during the waning days of the most unpopular president of the last 60 years that somebody, somewhere would file a lawsuit! The Washington Post reports that seven states and two family-planning groups have asked a federal court to block a controversial new federal regulation that protects health workers who refuse to provide care that they find objectionable. "On the way out, the Bush administration has left a ticking political time bomb that is set to explode literally on the day of the president's inaugural and blow apart women's rights," says Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who filed one of the suits on behalf of his state, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, and Rhode Island. "This midnight rule is a nightmare for hospitals and clinics, as well as women." [Read More]
AHA posts new hospital trends report
If you haven't seen this yet, it's worth reading. There isn't much surprising in it, pretty much what you'd expect: The economy stinks and hospitals are hurting. But they do provide a lot more detail to back it up. [Read More]
Too many meetings waste our precious time
I wish I'd written this. This might be good bulletin board material to pin up, ever so discreetly, where the office blowhard will see it. [Read More]
Hot job, high pay—so where are the takers?
Despite relatively high salaries the United States is facing a dire nursing shortage. By 2015, the country is expected to be short at least 300,000 nurses, according to some projections. Now nursing job candidates have been plied with incentives that range from gas cards to $20,000-signing bonuses to an opportunity to meet a celebrity. Because of poor working conditions, hospitals in particular also struggle to retain the nurses they've hired, according to this article. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
MIAMI: Miami Children's Hospital names two executives
Miami Children's Hospital has announced two senior executive appointments. Josie L. Diaz has been named regional director for ambulatory services south. She will oversee operations of Miami Children's Hospital Palmetto Bay Center, the soon-to-open Miami Children's Hospital West Kendall Center and future ambulatory care center locations in south Miami-Dade County. Alexander Scarlat, MD, was introduced as the new Chief Medical Information Officer of Miami Children's Hospital. He joins MCH from Trinity Health where he served as the Director of Clinical Informatics since 2006. [Read More]

BUFFALO, NY: Lomeo named CEO of Erie County MC
The board of directors of the Erie County Medical Center Corp. has named Jody L. Lomeo as the next CEO of the public benefit corporation, which is now part of Great Lakes Health System. The hospital has been looking for a replacement after former CEO Michael Young left to head a hospital in Atlanta. [Read More]

ST. PAUL, MN: Ryba to lead United Hospital
Tomi Ryba will become United Hospital's new president effective Feb. 17. Ryba is currently the COO at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. She has held that position since 2002, responsible for improving the quality, efficiency, and financial performance of inpatient and outpatient operations and accountable for necessary infrastructure, capital equipment, and facilities planning for the staff and physicians who serve patients at UCSF Medical Center. Before joining UCSF Medical Center, Ryba was president of St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, CA. [Read More]

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI: LaCasse named CEO of Botsford Health Care
Paul LaCasse, MD, has been appointed president and CEO of Botsford Health Care in Farmington Hills, MI. LaCasse will continue as CEO of Botsford Hospital. LaCasse replaces Gerson Cooper, who retired Dec. 31 after more than 20 years as CEO of Botsford Health Care. Cooper will remain in a leadership position with The Botsford Foundation. [Read More]
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Flat-World Healthcare

Globalization is no longer an uncertain trend in the distant future. U.S. providers must refine their organizational strategy to compete in a marketplace that is broader than ever before. [Read More]
Audio Feature

An interview with David Watson, MD, a family practitioner for more than 50 years in Yoakum, TX, who was recently named Country Doctor of the Year by physician staffing group Staff Care. Doc Watson, as he is known around Yoakum, shares his thoughts about the "vanishing breed" of doctors who dedicate their careers and their lives to the tiny rural communities they serve. [Listen Now]
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