HealthLeaders Media HR - February 2, 2009 | Healthcare Hunkers Down to Weather Storm
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Healthcare Hunkers
Down to Weather Storm

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

We've been talking for months and years about a shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers. Well, that may change—at least for the short term. New data show that—like everyone else—nurses and other healthcare workers are digging in, putting their heads down, and staying put until the storm passes. [Read More]
  February 2, 2009

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Senior Development Officer
CHW-Mercy, Rancho Cordova, CA. This position plans and directs the fundraising activities at the local hospital to which he/she is assigned. The Chief Development Officer reports to the Senior Chief Development Officer of Mercy Foundation . . . [Read More]

Assistant Chief Financial Officer
Vista Health System, Waukegan, IL. The Assistant Chief Financial Officer will participate in the financial and functional decision-making processes necessary for the successful attainment of the hospital's mission . . . [Read More]

Clinical Information Manager
Adventist HealthCare, Rockville, MD. The Clinical Information Manager works in collaboration at the enterprise level with healthcare professionals in order to develop and execute organization-wide strategies . . . [Read More]

Nursing Informatics Coordinator
Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix. This position is responsible for the design of clinical information solutions including nursing applications to enable the delivery of safe . . . [Read More]

Chief Information Officer
Sherman Health, Elgin, IL. The Chief Information Officer (CIO) will assess the current information systems organization and technology and will work with the senior management . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
LA County hospitals hired known sex offender
This is mind-boggling stupidity. Los Angeles County hospital officials knowingly hired a convicted sex offender to serve as an X-ray technician at several hospitals, where he worked unsupervised with female patients. The technician, Gariner Beasley, 48, had been fired in 1991 from the Los Angeles Police Department after he forced at least two prostitutes to have sex with him while he was on duty and in uniform. Hospital officials knew of his violent criminal past and knew he had spent time in prison—it was all in his employee record—but determined it did not pose a threat to patients. Beasley was recently fired, and so were the managers that reviewed his records and promoted him. One supervisor summed up the breakdown quite nicely when she said: "We had some real pinheads working for us." [Read More]
Ousted labor leaders vow to start rival union
This is a remarkable example of being your own worst enemy. Organized labor is on the cusp of a new era for union membership and influence, with friendly Democrats in control of the federal government. So, what's the first the order of business? Organize a circular firing squad! The Associated Press reports that the ousted leaders of a California healthcare workers union will found a labor organization to rival their former parent union, the politically influential SEIU. And these guys want to represent your hospital employees! You heard it first here folks: This story is only going to get meaner and more divisive. If I were a hospital executive, I'd keep track of this fight, and have a few thousand copies of this story in a file for quick distribution to my employees if a union tries to organize at my hospital. [Read More]
Chicago academic MCs are hemorrhaging cash
Moody's Investor Service reports that some of Chicago's largest academic medical centers have lost hundreds of millions of dollars as their investment portfolios head south. The University of Chicago Medical Center's portfolio lost more than 25% of its value. Cash and unrestricted investments fell to $625 million as of Nov. 30, from $842 million on June 30, 2008—the end of the hospital's fiscal year. Rush University Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital also are reporting investment losses of more than 20%, which represents more than $100 million for each hospital. [Read More]
Hospital layoffs roundup: More grim news from across the U.S.
Once again, we provide a cursory look at the layoffs in the past week or so, as reported across the nation: As I've said before, my methodology is hardly scientific or thorough. I Google "hospital," "layoff," and "2009," and then check out the first couple of pages. Usually, that is more than enough.
Executives on the Move
BETHESDA, MD: Wolf quits as Coventry Health CEO
Coventry Health Care Inc. President and CEO Dale Wolf resigned suddenly on Jan. 30 and former CEO and current board Chairman Allen Wise was named as his successor. Coventry Health didn't provide a reason for Wolf's departure. Wise was Coventry's president and CEO from 1996 through 2004 and served as its non-executive chairman from 2004 until Dec. 10, 2008, when he was named executive chairman. The company's shares fell nearly one-third in October after it announced third-quarter profit fell by half and it cut its forecast for 2008 full-year earnings sharply. The shares have not recovered since. Wolf joined Coventry in 1996 as chief financial officer and was promoted to CEO on Jan. 1, 2005. [Read More]

FORT WORTH: Former JPS chief leaves advisory role
David Cecero left his position as adviser to the JPS Health Network board on Sunday, just days before a vote is taken on his successor as CEO of the taxpayer-supported hospital system. Cecero, 54, announced last April that he was retiring and would become an adviser to the board from October 2008 to July 2009. The board, however, removed him as CEO and named an interim replacement in late May. Cecero continued as an adviser and helped select an executive search firm to find his replacement. [Read More]

CLEVELAND: Fishleder named CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Healthcare have appointed Andrew Fishleder, MD, as CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Scheduled to open in 2011, the 360-bed multi-specialty hospital will be an extension of the Cleveland Clinic model. Fishleder assumed responsibility for the overall operations of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi on Jan. 1. [Read More]

BIRMINGHAM, AL: O'Neal tapped to lead St. Vincent's Health System
St. Vincent's Health System has hired a veteran New York executive and member of its parent company as its new CEO. John D. O'Neil, president and CEO of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y., has accepted the same position at Birmingham's four-hospital system, a news release issued by Lourdes said. Lourdes is owned by Ascension Health, which also operates St. Vincent's. O'Neil will join St. Vincent's in late March. [Read More]

CLYDE, NC: Haywood Regional MC names new CFO
Gene Winters has been named the new CFO at Haywood Regional Medical Center. Winters has served as CFO at three national healthcare chains over the past 15 years, including Regency Hospital Co., Acadia Healthcare, and Transitional Hospital Corp. and helped to develop Summit Medical Management. [Read More]

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