HealthLeaders Media HR - April 27, 2009 | Layoffs Can Provide Short-Term Relief, Long-Term Misery
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Layoffs Can Provide Short-Term Relief, Long-Term Misery
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

An American Hospital Association survey released today reaffirms a lot of what we already knew: Hospitals are in rough shape. Seven in 10 hospitals are reporting declining finances that they're blaming on low in-patient volumes and a decline in elective procedures, poor investment performance and a drop in philanthropy, and the costs of treating a rising number of uninsured patients. As a result, nearly half of the 1,078 hospitals that responded to the survey say they have cut staff. [Read More]
  April 27, 2009

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Editor's Picks
AHA lists nation's hospitals in critical condition
The American Hospital Association today came out with a comprehensive nationwide survey, and anyone paying attention to the plight of hospitals in this economy really shouldn't be surprised. Among a litany of complaints, hospitals everywhere are carping about a rising number of uninsured patients, declining in-patient and elective surgery volume, and tanking investments and philanthropy. Immediate remedies to stop the bottom-line bleeding include layoffs at nearly half the 1,078 hospitals surveyed. [Read More]
New York Times discovers physician shortage may impact universal care
If you subscribe to the idea that it's not really news until the New York Times covers it, have we got breaking news for you! Apparently, according to the Times, there is a physician shortage in this country, particularly of primary care physicians. This shortage, the Times reports, could negatively impact the Obama administrations efforts to implement universal healthcare. Stay tuned. [Read More]
This just in: Los Angeles Times reports nursing shortage!
Not to be outdone, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that there is a nursing shortage. OK. There's more to this story than that. The paper of record for the Left Coast does an admirable job describing the growing complexity and pressure around the many tasks that nurses undertake. Actually, this story can't be told enough. [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
NOVI, WI: Meyer named president of Providence Park Hospital
Jean Meyer has been selected as the new president of Providence Park Hospital in Novi, WI. She will be responsible for the hospital's day-to-day operations and will assume her role immediately. Meyer, a nurse, has held various leadership positions. Before serving as senior vice president and CNO for St. John Health System, COO for the Providence Region and interim Providence Park administrator, she served as senior vice president, COO, and CNO for St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. [Read More]

CORAL SPRINGS, FL: Coral Springs Medical Center appoints new chief of staff
Coral Springs (FL) Medical Center has appointed Carrie Greenspan, MD, OB/GYN, as chief of staff. Greenspan's appointment marks a milestone for North Broward Hospital District, aka Broward Health: She will be the first female physician to serve as chief of one of its four hospitals. During her two-year term, Greenspan will take on the responsibilities of chairing the medical council meetings, handling quality issues with physicians, and working with CSMC's administration to improve hospital facilities and services. [Read More]

SIOUX FALLS, SD: New director named for Sanford Health's children's research
Sanford Health has named David A. Pearce director of the Sanford Children's Health Research Center. The SCHRC's mission is to combine world-class scientific talent with state-of-the-art technology to conquer childhood diseases. A $20 million gift from South Dakota Philanthropist Denny Sanford in 2007 created the SCHRC, which includes a location at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, located in La Jolla, CA, and a site in Sioux Falls. Pearce will lead the SCHRC in Sioux Falls starting this summer. [Read More]

OCEANSIDE, NY: Datta appointed president of Nassau Surgical Society
Surgical oncologist Rajiv Datta, MD, medical director of the Cancer Program and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the 441-bed South Nassau Communities Hospital, has been appointed president of the Nassau Surgical Society. Datta joined South Nassau in 2001 and is recognized as one of the leading head and neck surgeons in the nation, and as an internationally known leader in surgical oncology. He was awarded the 2006 Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. [Read More]

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