HealthLeaders Media HR - May 4, 2009 | Swine Flu Just 'Business as Usual' for Hospitals
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Swine Flu Just 'Business as Usual' for Hospitals
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

With all the relentless and fevered reporting about swine flu, the A/H1N1 virus, I called two hospitals that have been identified by the 24-hour mainstream news cycle as certified hot spots to get an on-the-ground perspective. How are the employees holding up? Is the pressure of treating a horde of coughing, wheezing, fevered, and contagious people taking its toll on an overworked and frazzled hospital staff? Is anyone showing up for work? "Not much to report. It's business as usual," says Lorraine Orlando, vice president of human resources at New York Hospital Queens. [Read More]
  May 4, 2009

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Editor's Picks
Hospital job growth expected to flat-line this year
Hospital job growth, until recently one of the few bright spots for a nation deep in recession and high unemployment, has all but flat-lined so far this year, Bureau of Labor Statistics show. For the first quarter of 2009, the hospital sector created less than 6,200 jobs nationwide. In the first three months of 2008, the hospital sector created 32,500 new jobs. If hospital job creation continues at this pace, fewer than 25,000 new jobs will be created in 2009, as compared with 137,100 new hospital jobs in 2008; 105,700 new jobs in 2007; and 81,400 new jobs in 2006. [Read More]
St. Joseph RMC announces pay freeze, readies new $355M facility
A South Bend, IN, hospital has announced a pay freeze for employees as it prepares to open a new $355 million facility later this year. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center says it is making an 8% cut in executive pay and cutting the hours of some departments. No layoffs were announced. The hospital has faced a growing number of uninsured patients and Medicare and Medicaid payments have not kept pace with expenses. The St. Joseph announcement came a week after nearby Elkhart General Hospital said most of its staff would have their pay cut by 4%. [Read More]
Nemours begins system-wide layoffs
Nemours has begun system-wide layoffs, including 106 employees that are being cut from its three Florida locations. The Jacksonville-based children's health system said earlier in April that it planned to eliminate 325 positions, including 85 open positions that would be cut through attrition, in anticipation of a $60 million shortfall in operating revenue. The Nemours system employs about 4,400 at clinics, hospitals and offices in Jacksonville, Orlando and Pensacola, and three other states. Nemours additionally cut 117 positions in Delaware. [Read More]
Mercer survey shows more companies shifting health costs to employees in 2010
In a new survey conducted by Mercer, the employee benefits consulting shop, nearly half of the 428 employers polled said they plan to shift more health costs to employees in 2010. One-fifth of the companies said they planned to add or switch to a high-deductible or "consumer-directed" health plan with a health savings account, perhaps doubling the percentage of employers who offer such plans, Mercer said. Employers say the recession isn't just crimping business; it's also expected to drive up their healthcare costs. Those surveyed said they expect their health benefit costs to spike an average 7.4% this year (compared to the 6% increase employers originally forecast). Employees in fear of layoffs are likely using benefits before their coverage might end. [Read More]
ASHHRA unveils social networking Web site
If you haven't seen it yet, check out the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration's newly opened social networking Web site at
Executives on the Move
LOS ROBLES, CA: Angle named CEO of Los Robles Hospital/MC
Gregory R. Angle has been named president and CEO of Los Robles (CA) Hospital and Medical Center, effective immediately. Prior to accepting this position, Angle served as CEO of Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital in Tucson, AZ. He also had various executive leadership positions in hospitals throughout the Southwest that are owned by HCA, Inc., the parent corporation of Los Robles Hospital. [Read More]

JACKSONVILLE, FL: Pringle named VP of mission integration at St. Vincent's
St. Vincent's HealthCare has named David Pringle as its executive vice-president of mission integration, effective June 1. Before joining St. Vincent's, Pringle was vice president of administrative services and assistant vice president of mission integration at St. Mary Medical Center, part of St. Joseph Health System in Apple Valley, CA. [Read More]

SILVER SPRING, MD: Weston to lead ANA
The American Nurses Association has named Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, as CEO effective June 14. Weston will also serve as CEO of the American Nurses Foundation, the research, education, and charitable arm of ANA. Since September 2008, she has served as deputy chief officer of the Workforce Management and Consulting Office at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC. [Read More]

JACKSONVILLE, FL: Wolfson names new board chair
Deborah Pass Durham, president of ATS Services, Inc., has been named chair of the board of directors of Wolfson Children's Hospital and will begin to serve this month. She has been a member of the Wolfson board since 2003. Pass Durham has served since 1992 as president of ATS Services, a staffing and executive recruiting organization with 22 offices in 11 states. [Read More]

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