HealthLeaders Media HR - February 9, 2009 | Are you the Boss from Hell?
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Are you the Boss from Hell?
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Are you the Boss from Hell? Chances are if you have to think about that, then you aren't. Bad bosses usually come to work each day wrapped in a thick blanket of obliviousness. Think of Michael Scott, the dunderheaded manager for Dunder Mifflin on the NBC sit-com The Office. A new survey of 8,038 workers from a variety of industries shows that the domain of bad bosses stretches far beyond the cubicle haunters of that fictional paper supply company in Scranton, PA. In fact, 43% of those surveyed say they've quit a job at some point in their lives because of bad bosses. [Read More]
  February 9, 2009

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Senior VP/Chief Medical Officer
Prevea Health Services, Green Bay/Appleton, WI. The Chief Medical Officer of Prevea Health is a key member of the Leadership Team for Prevea Health Services. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer . . . [Read More]

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

Chief Executive Officer
Brim Healthcare, Shawano, WI. Qualified candidates should have at least five years of acute care hospital executive experience. (CEO experience preferred), along with exemplary communication, presentation . . . [Read More]

Senior 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 manner . . . [Read More]

Emergency Room Coordinator
Responsible for direction of patient care in Emergency Room, reports to the Director of Nursing . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
Indiana retail-based health clinics may see tougher rules
I'm not sure what's motivating this. Is it genuine concern for patient safety? Or, is somebody putting the squeeze on state lawmakers to clamp down on the competition? Indiana has about 300 retail-based health clinics, and this law would—among other things—require the clinics to install separate entrances and train their staffs in CPR. State Sen. Patricia Miller (R-Indianapolis) told the Indianapolis Star that her bill is not meant to put these clinics out of business. (General rule of thumb: When a politician tells you what a bill is not designed to do, in fact, that is actually what it does.) "We're just trying to make sure that they meet standards like other physicians have to do," Miller told the newspaper. The Indiana State Department of Health does not license retail-based clinics but regulates them through the license of the doctor in charge. The Star reports that state health officials have little interest in changing that. "We're opposed to it. It's overkill," Brian Carnes, legislative director with the State Health Department, told the newspaper. [Read More]
Florida hospitals offer free gas cards for intel on competitors
Here's a creative and cost-efficient way to find out what your competitors charge for medical procedures: Give away gas cards. Wuesthoff Health System has been exchanging $100 gas cards for copies of bills showing what its competitors charge for medical procedures. Wuesthoff, which operates Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne and Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge, says the price data it is accumulating will allow it to compare its rates for services and procedures covered by various health insurers. It says it also plans to make the information available on the Internet so that cost-conscious patients on the Space Coast can comparison-shop before deciding where to have scheduled surgeries. [Read More]
Cambridge (MA) Health Alliance shutters clinics, plans 300 job cuts
Cambridge Health Alliance announced that as a result of the financial crunch created by state budget cuts and the slow economy, it plans to eliminate more than 300 jobs, end inpatient services at Somerville Hospital, and close six medical clinics. [Read More]
Can nurses care too much? Yes, thank God!
Here's a poignant essay, written by an oncology nurse, about the strong bonds that nurses form with the patients they treat. It's easy to get jaded in any line of work. But this essay really illustrates that nursing is not just a job or a profession. It is a calling. [Read More]
Essayist presses case for single-payer system
Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic presses the case for a single-payer healthcare system. It's a bit long and definitely biased. If you agree with him that the U.S. needs single-payer, you'll enjoy his argument. However, if you disagree, you should still enjoy the attempt to poke holes in his argument. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
NASHVILLE: St. Thomas CEO resigns after Docs' no-confidence vote
Jim Houser has stepped down as CEO of Saint Thomas Health Services, two weeks after a no-confidence vote by physicians at the Nashville hospital. His resignation was accepted at a special board meeting on Thursday night, said Sister Mary Frances Loftin, chairwoman of the four-hospital system. In casting no-confidence votes against Houser's leadership less than two weeks ago, medical staff leaders at three of those hospitals raised concerns about how proposed budget cuts and a move to a more centralized management could affect patient care. Patrick Madden, CEO of Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, FL, and Gulf Coast/North Florida ministry market leader for Saint Thomas Health's Catholic-run owner Ascension Health, replaces Houser immediately on an interim basis. Houser will be available through March 15 to assist in the transition to Madden, who was a board member of Saint Thomas Health from 1999 to 2004. [Read More]

CHICAGO: Top MD at U. Chicago Med Center quits amid rumors of mass layoffs
Skip Garcia, MD, chairman of the University of Chicago Department of Medicine since May 2005, has stepped down. He will remain on the faculty, according to a letter issued late Friday to faculty and staff at the prestigious academic medical center. In a letter to faculty, James Madara, MD, CEO of the medical center, alluded to Garcia's departure as related to the problems the medical center was having dealing with the economic downturn. The university would not comment further nor would it disclose the number of layoffs that will be announced this week. The layoffs are expected to be large. Newspaper sources close to the situation say 500 to 1,000 jobs will be eliminated this year. A first round of more than 400 could be announced as early as today from across the medical center with additional cuts expected largely through attrition in the coming months. [Read More]

WASHINGTON: Hannon to chair AHA's Small or Rural Hospital Governing Council
Edward J. Hannon, president and CEO of The McDowell Hospital in Marion, NC, will lead the American Hospital Association's Section for Small or Rural Hospitals in 2009. The 23-person governing council represents small or rural hospitals in the AHA's policy process and member services initiatives. Robin Lake, CEO of Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City, OK, is the 2010 chair-elect. Kathleen Hoeft, administrator and CEO of Ashley Medical Center in Ashley, ND, is immediate past chair. [Read More]

WAUKESHA, WI: Finley to lead Aurora Medical Center-Summit
Frances Finley has been chosen to lead the new Aurora Medical Center in the Town of Summit, WI. Finley joined Aurora Health Care in February 2003 as the first leader of Aurora's new hospital in Oshkosh. Before joining Aurora, Finley held a number of leadership positions in the Charleston Area Medical Center Health System in West Virginia. Construction of the 110-bed Aurora Medical Center in the Town of Summit is nearly 70% complete, with opening scheduled for early in 2010. [Read More]

CLEVELAND: Klein to lead Cleveland Clinic's urology and kidney programs
Cleveland Clinic has appointed Eric A. Klein, MD, chairman of the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. Klein, a 19-year Cleveland Clinic veteran, will lead one of the country's largest and most respected urological and kidney programs. Klein has served as interim chair of the institute since the passing of Andrew Novick, MD, in October 2008. Previously, Klein was head of section of Urologic Oncology in the institute. [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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