HealthLeaders Media HR - May 11, 2009 | Fawcett's Cancer Battle Highlights Need for Privacy
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Fawcett's Cancer Battle Highlights Need for Privacy
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

If you haven't already read it, there is a moving interview in the Los Angeles Times with actress Farrah Fawcett about her 2½ year battle with cancer. Fawcett, 62, the one-time Charlie's Angels star and pin-up poster goddess of 1970s America, told the newspaper that her efforts to fight anal cancer were made more difficult when her personal medical records were illegally accessed by at least one employee at UCLA Medical Center. [Read More]
  May 11, 2009

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Editor's Picks
Hospital job growth nearly stagnant
New job numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are confirming what everybody already knows—the recession is affecting job growth in the healthcare sector, too. Hospitals only added 600 new jobs in April, according to BLS. By comparison, the hospital sector added 11,300 jobs in April 2008, and 7,300 jobs in April 2007. The healthcare sector—from physicians' offices, to residential mental health homes, to blood and organ banks—added 17,000 jobs in April. That's in line with its average monthly gain since January, but well off the average gain of 30,000 payroll additions per month in 2008, according to BLS. Within the larger, overall healthcare sector, April payroll growth and contraction varied sharply depending upon specific services. For example, ambulatory healthcare services payrolls grew by 17,700 jobs, while nursing in residential care facilities lost 1,600 jobs for the month. [Read More]
Protecting patient information; beware the inside job
If you're a regular reader of you've probably read about the $10 million ransom being sought by a computer hacker for the recovery of more than 8 million patient records and other data that was swiped from the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program. A case like this should prompt HR directors supervising employees who deal with confidential patient data to consider that a security breach might be an inside job. "A disgruntled employee. That's the classic case," says Kate Borten, president of The Marblehead Group, who specializes in HIPAA privacy and security. "The insiders know where your vulnerabilities are and where your assets are. Someone in the IT department could have done a bunch of things there. Set up bogus accounts, all kinds of things. It's pretty easy to do and get away with." [Read More]
Nurse staffing company reports 1Q losses, layoffs
This is a bell weather story that illustrates the larger trends in the hospital sector. Medical Staffing Network, the Boca Raton-based temp agency, reports losses of $3.7 million as revenues fell 32% compared with the first quarter of 2008. Medical Staffing has already laid off 100 employees and closed or merged three per diem nurse staffing branches, and CEO Robert J. Adamson says further cuts may be necessary. "Weak hospital volumes and, in some cases, declining admissions have caused hospitals to focus more intently on reducing variable costs, including temporary staffing," Adamson says. "Hospitals have seen attrition rates decline as more nurses stay in their jobs and others return to the full-time workforce. This year's graduates from nursing schools are having great difficulty obtaining job offers." [Read More]
Survey: Many office meetings aren't needed
If the only thing I accomplish this week is to reduce the time people spend in needless meetings, then it's been time well spent. A new survey conducted by Menlo Park, CA-based recruiters OfficeTeam finds that 28% of managers believe that meetings are a waste of time, and 45% believe employees would be more productive if meetings were banned one day a week. Here's the thing about those useless meetings: It's not just the 30 minutes of the meeting that are wasted, it's the time wasted while prepping for the meeting, and the tasks that employees delay or aren't pursuing because they've got a meeting coming up. Then, there's the time spent after the useless meeting, when employees gather around the coffee pot and complain about the useless meetings. [Read More]
Survey: Nearly eight in ten workers see some positives from recession
Here's another survey that caught my eye. Nearly 80% of employees who still have jobs say they've taken at least one positive experience out of the recession. More than half of the workers say they've improved their ability to take on new projects and assume additional responsibilities. However, most employees say their initiative and hard work have yet to be rewarded. Only 12% of those employees say they've received promotions. It's important to remember that this is a survey of employees who still have jobs. And while this survey is not specific to the healthcare field, I have no doubt that healthcare workers are showing the same initiative and resourcefulness. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
ROCHESTER, MN: Neurologist named Mayo CEO
Mayo Clinic's incoming CEO is a neurologist who has led fundraising efforts at the Rochester-based institution. John Noseworthy, MD, was named Friday to replace Denis Cortese, MD, who is retiring in November. Noseworthy is vice chair of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Executive Board and medical director of the Mayo Clinic Department of Development. Noseworthy came to Mayo in 1990 and oversaw the neurology department from 1997 to 2006. [Read More]

SEATTLE: Burton named CNO at Providence Health & Services
Providence Health & Services has appointed Deborah Burton, PhD, RN, CNAA, as vice president and CNO. Burton, who has been with Providence since 2004, is the first CNO for Providence's System Office and will be based in Renton, WA. [Read More]

HOUSTON: Downs named CEO of Renaissance Hospital Dallas
Edward Downs has been named CEO of Renaissance Hospital Dallas. Downs comes to RHS Dallas from LifeCare Hospital of Dallas. Before becoming a hospital executive, Downs was president of an e-Healthcare Consulting firm focused on regulatory inspections and start-ups. [Read More]

Gay Nord has been appointed CEO of Overland Park Regional Medical Center, effective June 1. Since 2004, Nord has served as the chief of HCA Kingwood Medical Center, a 211-bed hospital in Houston. [Read More]

POCATELLO, ID: Stephens to lead Portneuf MC
Portneuf Medical Center and Legacy Hospital Partners, Inc. announced the appointment of Norman F. Stephens as the new CEO of PMC effective June 1. Stephens comes to Pocatello from Palmer, Alaska, where he has served as CEO of Mat-Su Regional Medical Center since 2004. Prior to his time in Alaska, Stephens was CEO at Pampa Regional Medical Center in Pampa, TX, and CEO of the Rehabilitation Hospital in the Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne, IN. Stephens' experience also includes multiple executive positions with Continental Medical Systems in Las Vegas, and Fresno, CA. [Read More]

FORT LAUDERDALE: Rogers named COO of Broward Health
Joseph S. Rogers has been named senior vice president/COO for Broward Health. Rogers joined Broward Health in 2006 as senior vice president of business development and managed care. Before joining Broward Health, Rogers spent 18 years in healthcare in Miami-Dade County. Rogers started his career with Jackson Memorial Hospital/Public Health Trust in 1988 as an assistant administrator in the planning department. He served as associate executive director of the JMH Health Plan and executive director of managed care prior to his appointment as senior vice president for the health system. The six-hospital Broward Health system is one of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation. [Read More]

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