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Recession Provides 'Teachable Moment' for Wellness
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

If we are going to alleviate some of the staggering healthcare costs associated with a large and aging workforce, we have to correct many of the poor lifestyle choices we've made over the last few decades. For the sake of the younger workers who'll be saddled with our healthcare bills, we have a civic duty to live healthier lives, and the recession is providing tough motivation for many people to reevaluate their health status. [Read More]
  June 1, 2009

Editor's Picks
Gurney for one, please: Entrepreneur provides ER reservations
Here's another reason why I enjoy covering healthcare: There is always something new happening. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Tyler Kiley, 23, has applied a practice used by the restaurant industry as a remedy to long waits at hospitals. Kiley's InQuickER is an online service that lets users hold their places in line in the emergency room. The new business model prompted Arthur Kellerman, MD, a professor of emergency medicine at Emory University's School of Medicine, to pose a reasonable question: "If you're well enough to call and plug in a 10 a.m. time to be seen, why are you going to the emergency department and not your primary care physician? That's really not what emergency departments are supposed to be for." I'm curious. Does this mean the admitting nurses have to wear tuxedoes? [Read More]
NJ Chamber, RWJ Foundation Tackle Nursing Shortage
The people in New Jersey should be given a lot of credit for their steps to address their nursing shortage. Last week, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation unveiled a five-year, $22 million initiative to bolster the Garden State's nursing workforce. The program correctly identifies the problem. There is no shortage of qualified nursing applicants. There is a shortage of qualified faculty. This program establishes 46 nursing scholars who will commit to teaching for three years after they obtain faculty credentials. I would suggest that someone figure out a way to pay faculty-qualified nursing professionals as much money in academia as they would make running a floor. That might solve a few incentive issues. [Read More]
Hospital uses EMR to improve handoffs
Julie McCoy at HCPro, Inc. provides this succinct synopsis of how one hospital used its electronic medical records system to reduce mistakes and improve its handoff process. [Read More]
Conference Board says online help wanted ads rose in May
This really isn't specific to healthcare, but I thought you might be heartened by whatever good news I could find. The Conference Board reports that online-advertised job vacancies rose 250,000 to 3.3 million in May. It was the first gain since October, 2008, and the largest single month gain since October, 2006. Even with the uptick, however, online advertised vacancies are still down 25% since last year. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
WASHINGTON: Mann to direct CMS' Medicaid operations
Cindy Mann has been named director of CMS's Center for Medicaid and State Operations. Mann most recently served as a research professor and executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute. Mann previously served as director of the Family and Children's Health Programs at CMSO from 1999-2001; in that capacity she played a key role in implementing Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. [Read More]

INDIANAPOLIS: Fink named CEO at Riley Hospital for Children
Daniel Fink, the newly named CEO of Riley Hospital for Children, said the top priority in his new job is to ensure the hospital meets Indiana's growing need for specialized pediatric care. Fink, who joined Riley in 2005 as COO, was named CEO. He replaces Ora Pescovitz, MD, who left this month to become CEO of the University of Michigan Health System. [Read More]

INDIANAPOLIS: Blanchet named CEO of Community Hospitals of Indiana
Community Health Network has named Mike Blanchet president and CEO of Community Hospitals of Indiana, Inc., effective June 1. Blanchet, formerly the president of Community Hospital South, had been serving as interim president and CEO of CHI since late 2008. Blanchet's CHI oversight includes Community Hospitals East, North and South; Community Home Health Services; and ambulatory services in the Indianapolis market. [Read More]

ALPHARETTA, GA: Teel named president of Premier Anesthesia
Jackson Healthcare announced the appointment of Kerry Teel as President of Premier Anesthesia, a national anesthesia management company based in Atlanta. Kerry served as president and CEO of 526-bed Twelve Oaks Medical Center in Houston from 2000 to 2006. [Read More]

OVERLAND PARK, KS: O'Connor named CEO of St. Luke's South
Kathy A. Howell has been appointed CEO of Saint Luke's South in Overland Park, KS, effective immediately. She assumes the role vacated by Julie Quirin, who became CEO of Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City in December. Howell has served as vice president and CNO at Saint Luke's South since 2001 and additionally as Saint Luke's Health System vice president of women's and children's services since 2005. Saint Luke's South opened in 1998 and has 125 licensed beds and more than 550 physicians on its medical staff. [Read More]

PARKERSBURG, WV: Earley named president of Mountain State BCBS
J. Fred Earley, II has been elected president of Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield, effective July 1. Earley succeeds Gregory K. Smith, who is retiring as president and CEO. Earley joined Blue Cross Blue Shield in 1989. [Read More]

HOT SPRINGS, AR: Mitchell named regional CFO for Sisters of Mercy Health System
The Sisters of Mercy Health System named Lynne Mitchell to serve as Regional CFO for its three care divisions in Arkansas—St. Joseph's Mercy Health System in Hot Springs, St. Edward Mercy Health System in Fort Smith and Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas in Rogers. Mitchell, an Alma, AR, native with more than 24 years of experience in the healthcare industry, is based out of a Hot Springs office at St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center. [Read More]

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Cash for Computers

With an 11-figure incentive to invest in information technology and electronic medical records, healthcare executives need to determine if this offer from Uncle Sam is the kind of help that they are prepared to accept. [Read More]
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Karen Gledhill, a partner with the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, says joint venture deals hospitals are striking with their physicians are still a popular choice, even in these dark economic times. [Listen Now]
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