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Is Your Job Secure?
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

When it comes to the job market, the healthcare industry is not a bad one to be in. While unemployment rates continue to rise, healthcare has actually added a little more than 100,000 jobs in recent months. But that doesn't mean CEOs or any other senior executives should be sitting too comfortably. All one has to do is skim the latest healthcare headlines to realize that the recession is taking its toll on hospitals.
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  March 13, 2009

Editor's Picks
Find Your EHR at Wal-Mart
Small town docs in need of an electronic health record will soon have to look no further than their local Wal-Mart store. The company plans to partner its Sam's Club division together with Dell for computers and eClinicalWorks for software in an effort to make the technology more accessible and affordable for physicians in small offices. How will large EHR vendors respond? Weigh in on our Lead Time blog. [Read More]
AMA to White House: Don't Dictate Care
The federal government cannot use evidence-based medicine to dictate how physicians care for individual patients, says American Medical Association President Nancy Nielsen, MD. "Government control of the doctor-patient relationship is a no deal." Check out this article by my colleague John Commins for more on healthcare reform and evidence-based medicine. [Read More]
Have a Top Leadership Team?
HealthLeaders Media is gearing up for its fifth year of the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program that recognizes the best in senior leadership teamwork at hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. This year's winners will be honored during HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, an event planned for October 15-16 at The Palmer House in Chicago. If you and your organization have an outstanding teamwork story to share, go to the Top Leadership Teams site to learn more about the six categories, download an entry form, and submit your entry. The deadline to submit is April 29. [Learn More]

This Week's Headlines
Mayo Clinic feels effects of recession, Medicare
Minneapolis Star Tribune - March 12, 2009
Carolinas HealthCare loses $551 million for year
Charlotte Business Journal - March 12, 2009
Emory University suspends $1.5 billion medical expansion
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - March 10, 2009
Report: U.S. on short end of healthcare 'value gap'
AP/Yahoo News - March 12, 2009
Med schools grow as economy tanks
AP/Yahoo News - March 12, 2009
Plan could lead to reopening of King hospital in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times - March 12, 2009
White House budget director grilled on health plan details
AP/Yahoo News - March 11, 2009

Webcasts/Audio Conferences
Solving Your Nurse Shortage: Long-Term Strategies That Work (March 16)
5 Ways to Improve the Patient Experience at Your Hospital (March 20)
Service Lines Strategies Workshop 2009: Joint Replacement (April 20)
Top 5 Healthcare Jobs
Chief Executive Officer: Nexus Specialty Hospital, The Woodlands, TX. The CEO is responsible for day-to-day operations of the facility as well as planning and program/service line development . . . [Read More]
Chief Operating Officer: American Family Care Inc., Birmingham, AL. Provide leadership and direction to geographically dispersed clinics and corporate administrative support functions . . . [Read More]
Chief Financial Officer: Encore Healthcare, Corpus Christi, TX. Develop and implement systems to operate the facility in a financially sound manner . . . [Read More]
Clinical Director of Patient Care Services: AcuteCare Health System, Lakewood, NJ. Lead a clinical service in a process of adaptation to service goals, changes in healthcare systems, and response to customer demands . . . [Read More]
Medical Information Officer: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. Work with physicians, pharmacists, and other clinicians and allied healthcare staff to identify and prioritize informatics system needs . . . [Read More]

From HealthLeaders Magazine
SOS: Public Hospitals

HealthLeaders November 2008
On the brink even during good economic times, many public hospitals are operating in technical insolvency amid a painful recession. But they can take heart from following the example of two that have managed well. [Read More]
Service Line Management
Beyond Obstetrics

A changing female demographic has created new opportunities for hospitals to grow the women's health service line into much more than just labor and delivery. [Read More]
View from the Top

Post-Merger Integration: The Balance of Forces Healthcare providers are witnessing the onset of another round of wide-ranging consolidation, with economic forces likely to continue as the main driver. To gain the hypothetical benefits of consolidation, healthcare CEOs will have to manage opposing forces and competing priorities to build a stable and sustainable organization. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Solve Shortage, Save Money: Barry Arbuckle, president and CEO of MemorialCare Medical Centers in Long Beach, CA, is one of three C-suite leaders joining us for the March 16 webcast, Solving Your Nurse Shortage: Long-term Strategies That Work. In this audio clip, he outlines successful cost-saving solutions to the shortage of nurses and nurse leaders. [Listen Now]
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