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Surprisingly, leadership development was a fairly low priority among CEOs in the new HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2009. Just 9% of hospital leaders include it among their Top 3 Priorities, although 48% of CEOs concede that mentoring future managers is a top personnel issue in need of improvement. Executives at Central Maine Medical Center are among those healthcare leaders who believe leadership development should be a top priority. [Read More]
  February 17, 2009

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Chief Nursing Officer
MRI Gulfcoast, Tampa Bay, FL. The Chief Nursing Officer organizes, assesses, implements, and maintains a nursing service that will meet the requirements of the accrediting agency, Federal and State agencies . . . [Read More]

Chief Executive Officer
Nexus Specialty Hospital, The Woodlands, TX. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for day to day operations of the facility as well as planning and program/service line development . . . [Read More]

Healthcare Systems Development Specialist
Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, Perth Amboy, NJ. Provides analysis and data management services to Jewish Renaissance Medical Center and data mapping validation and client reporting . . . [Read More]

Senior VP/Chief Medical Officer
Prevea Health Services, Green Bay/Appleton, WI. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, working closely with other Associate Medical Directors and Senior Management, the Chief Medical Officer will provide leadership and policy direction . . . [Read More]

Chief Operating Officer
Molina Healthcare Inc., St. Louis. The Chief Operations Officer will be responsible for managing hands-on operational aspects of the company. Provides leadership, management . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
Is Wal-Mart growing a conscience?
The Washington Post slaps a smiley face button on the health plan for the world's largest retailer. "Once vilified for its stingy health benefits, Wal-Mart has become an unlikely leader in the effort to provide affordable care without bankrupting employers, their workers, or taxpayers in the process." I guess when you start from the bottom any progress looks good. Every time I shop at Wal-Mart I see lots of older employees wearing the blue work smocks, handing out free samples, "greeting" customers at the door, or pushing the trains of empty shopping carts back into the store. Why does Wal-Mart hire so many elderly people? I'm guessing here, but I suspect that's because they're twofers. First, they're probably on Medicare, which means they're not going to require health insurance. Second, they're part-time workers, which means they're probably not eligible for health insurance anyway. I shouldn't say too much. I just peeked at my 401(k) and it looks like there's a blue smock in my retirement plan. [Read More]
Stimulus bill provides for evidence-based medicine research
Who can object to evidence-based medicine? Study the data, find out what works, and make that the standard of care. It sounds so simple. And yet . . . The $787 billion economic stimulus bill will provide $1.1 billion that will allow researchers to compare the effectiveness of drugs, surgery, and medical devices for specific medical conditions. Call me a curmudgeon, but I am suspicious. I'm generally supportive of EBM, but I also see a dark side to all of this. This has the potential to give the government and for-profit health insurance companies the long-sought-after ability to dictate care, effectively taking those decisions out of the hands of doctors. That is troubling. Yes, I know, that's exactly what the drug makers and the medical device makers want us to think. They want us to be afraid because they're afraid that their expensive, money-making products might be exposed as useless. Consumers are stuck between an alligator and a crocodile. [Read More]
LA Times tracks stimulus plans' winners and losers
You would think that a $787 billion stimulus package that includes about $160 billion for healthcare would make everyone happy. Nope. The Los Angeles Times reports that Congress removed a provision that would have opened Medicaid enrollment to middle-class Americans who've just been introduced to unemployment. The measure was stricken in a concession to conservative lawmakers, and the business lobby that funds their campaigns. [Read More]
Study shows one in five new nurses quit within one year
According to a new study, 20% of new nurses quit within the first year on the job. Is it any wonder there's a nursing shortage? Are nursing schools doing enough to prepare these young nurses for the life-and-death decisions they will have to make? Are hospitals and physician practices providing enough professional and emotional support during those critical first few months on the job? Apparently not, at least for the 20% of nurses who quit. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
TALLAHASSEE: Former homebuilder lobbyist to lead nursing homes
The Florida Health Care Association, the state trade association for Florida's nursing homes, has named J. Emmett Reed as its new executive director and CEO. Reed previously served as the CEO of the Florida Home Builders Association for 11 years. Reed replaces William J. Phelan, who is retiring from FHCA after 28 years of service. [Read More]

ST. LOUIS: Britton named CEO at Sisters of Mercy Health System
The board of directors at Mercy Health Ministry has named Lynn Britton president and CEO of Mercy Health System, which operates 19 acute-care hospitals in seven states. Britton has served since 2004 as senior vice president with responsibility for Mercy's information services and supply chain divisions, as well as oversight of Mercy's healthcare services in Arkansas. Britton joined the health system in 1992 as director of materials management at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City. In 1999, he moved to St. John's Mercy Health Care in St. Louis as executive director of materials and resource management. Britton transferred the following year to Mercy's corporate office as vice president for resource optimization. Britton succeeds John Sullivan, who served as president and CEO since 2007. [Read More]

MILWAUKEE: Smith named preventive medicine fellow
David R. Smith, MD, medical director for care management at not-for-profit Aurora Health Care, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, a national professional society for physicians committed to disease prevention and health promotion. Smith is one of 19 fellows selected by the American College of Preventive Medicine in 2008. Fellows are chosen based on three primary categories: contributions to the field of preventive medicine; board certification by an American Board of Medicine board in any medical specialty, with an emphasis on preventive medicine; and service to the American College of Preventive Medicine. [Read More]

CLEVELAND: Taussig Institute's new department gets new chairman
The Taussig Cancer Institute at Cleveland Clinic recently named Jaroslaw Maciejewski, MD, chairman of the newly created Department of Translational Hematology and Oncology Research. The department will focus on the study of molecular and biochemical mechanisms leading to cancer with the goal of directly improving diagnosis and treatment for cancers and leukemia as well as other related disorders. Maciejewski, a staff physician at Taussig for eight years, is respected internationally as an authority on myelodysplastic syndrome—failure of bone marrow—pre-leukemic states and molecular prognostication. [Read More]

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