HealthLeaders Media HR - March 30, 2009 | Labor Preaches Unity for Big Gains in '09
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Labor Preaches Unity
For Big Gains in '09

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

As good as 2008 was for organized labor, union leaders believe 2009 will be even better. Monica Russo, president of the 15,000-member SEIU Healthcare Florida, says union membership will grow "a whole lot" this year with the expected passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. EFCA, aka "card check," is seen by supporters and opponents as one of the most important pieces of pro-labor legislation in decades. [Read More]
  March 30, 2009

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Editor's Picks
Tenet's top executive, board secure top compensation
The Associated Press reports that Tenet Healthcare Corp. gave CEO Trevor Fetter compensation valued at $9.7 million in 2008, even as the Dallas-based hospital operator reaped a profit but saw its stock plunge 77%. Fetter, 49, received a salary of $1.1 million and a performance-related bonus of $2.3 million, but most of his compensation came from stock and option awards valued at $6.1 million, according to a proxy statement filed with the SEC. The AP reports that most of those options are now "underwater," well below Tenet's stock price. Fetter received options valued at about $4.1 million on March 6, 2008. But those options come with an exercise price of $4.94, far above the stock's Thursday trading price of $1.20. A portion of Fetter's bonus, $937,500, also won't vest until the end of 2010, and the executive will receive it in 2011 only if he's still with the company. Tenet also gave Fetter $231,066 in other compensation. That included an automobile allowance of $24,200 and $112,796 for personal use of company aircraft. Tenet recorded a profit of $25 million, or 5 cents per share, on $8.7 billion in revenue in 2008. That compares with a 2007 loss of $89 million, or 19 cents per share, on $8.2 billion in revenue. The hospital operator's share price tumbled from $5.08 at the close of 2007 to $1.15 at the end of 2008. The Orlando Business Journal reports that Tenet's largesse to its top officials was also extended to board members, who include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who received $241,046 in total compensation for serving on the board in 2008. [Read More]
Pregnant women are fair game for unrelated layoffs
The New York Times reminds us that it is not against the law to fire a woman who is either pregnant or on maternity leave, as long as you can make the case that she is being fired for reasons unrelated to her pregnancy. That being said, it would be hard to imagine any company stupid enough to cite that as a reason. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission believes that some unscrupulous employers are using this lack of specific protections to lay off new or expectant mothers. [Read More]
Beware the tiny trip-wire terrier terrors
This isn't really an HR story, but it's interesting. Small dogs and cats cause more than 86,000 falls requiring emergency room visits each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You trip over the little critters, or you step on their plastic chew bones or slip in their you-know-what. Now that CDC has provided data on this disturbing trend, no doubt home and property insurers will include Chihuahuas, shih tzus, toy poodles, and Persian cats with pit bulls, rottweilers, and chow chows on their list of dangerous pets. [Read More]
Providence hospitals to trim workers
Providence Health Care is planning to trim staff at its Eastern Washington hospitals, but says it hopes to avoid layoffs, the Associated Press reports. The move is being prompted in part by a growing amount of unpaid medical bills as a result of the recession. In a memo to staff, the chief executive of Providence's regional operations said the nonprofit healthcare system is $9 million behind its budget. [Read More]
Are You Part of 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 30. [Learn More]
Executives on the Move
NEW YORK: Michelassi elected president of the Society of Surgical Oncology
Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, the Lewis Atterbury Stimson professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and surgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, is the newly elected president of the Society of Surgical Oncology. [Read More]

NEW YORK: Nagler named interim president of Beth Israel MC
Harris M. Nagler, MD, chairman of the Sol and Margaret Berger Department of Urology at Beth Israel Medical Center since 1989, has been appointed interim president of the Medical Center. Nagler succeeds David J. Shulkin, MD, who is stepping down from the post, and a transition in leadership is immediately under way. [Read More]

ST. THOMAS, USVI: American Paradise launches hospital CEO search
The Schneider Regional Medical Center board chose an executive search firm to help select a new chief executive officer and adopted a Fiscal Year 2009 budget. The board's executive search committee recommended Tyler & Company, an Atlanta-based executive search firm that specializes in the healthcare industry, to help them select the right candidate for the Schneider Regional CEO position. The hospital has been without a permanent CEO since August, when the territorial hospital board placed CEO Amos Carty Jr. on paid administrative leave and named Elizabeth Harris, who had been vice president of quality and performance improvement, interim CEO. On Sept. 5, the territorial board fired Carty. [Read More]

PORTSMOUTH, NH: Schuler to retire in June
William J. Schuler, president and CEO of Portsmouth Regional Hospital, has announced his plan to retire on June 30. Schuler has been with the hospital for 25 years and an administrator with HCA for 30 years. [Read More]

ST. LOUIS: Volovar to lead Molina Healthcare subsidiary
Molina Healthcare, Inc. has named Joanne Volovar president of its health plan subsidiary, Molina Healthcare of Missouri. Volovar will be responsible for Missouri health plan operations, as well as the implementation and execution of various strategic initiatives. Molina Healthcare of Missouri has approximately 77,000 members enrolled in its health plan. [Read More]

COUPEVILLE, WA: Whidbey GH opens CEO search
Whidbey General Hospital is moving forward with its search for a new hospital CEO. The hospital board of commissioners has selected Korn Ferry International to aid in the search for a CEO instead of KL Kingsley, a smaller firm based in Walnut Creek, CA. Only four people applied for the CEO position at Whidbey General, prompting the commissioners to expand their search into a nationwide recruitment effort. [Read More]

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