HealthLeaders Media HR - July 6, 2009 | Hospitals' Cuts May Grow as States' Budget Woes Linger
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Hospitals' Cuts May Grow as States' Budget Woes Linger
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

We're half way through 2009 and there is little indication that the last six months of the year are going to be better for hospital employment than the first six months. In fact, there is a chance that things could get a lot worse well into 2010 as the recession that officially began in December 2007 continues to squeeze the nation. [Read More]
  July 6, 2009

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Healthcare executives, physicians behaving badly
There's been a spate of media reports of late about people in the healthcare sector who really aren't setting a good example. The Atlanta Journal Constitution, for example, notes that "two former CEOs of Grady Memorial Hospital are battling in court, with one accusing the other of stealing his job and the other saying she was slandered by his remarks that she was a sexually available woman." In Albany, NY, former surgeon general Antonia Novello late last month pleaded guilty to a felony in a deal with prosecutors to avoid prison time for forcing state employees to handle personal chores when she was New York's health commissioner. In short, she was using public servants and private servants. Meanwhile, in what seems to be a weekly event, several South Florida physicians have been bagged in multi-million-dollar Medicare fraud schemes. And worst of all, the associate director of Duke University's Center for Health Policy has been arrested and charged with offering his adopted 5-year-old son for sex. While these cases are obviously perverse outliers that should not undermine the great work undertaken by the vast majority of healthcare professionals, the public is watching. At a time when hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare professionals are trying to influence debate about the future of healthcare in this country, these carnival tent distractions don't help.
Healthcare Sector Job Growth Continues, But Slower Than Previous Years
This is related to today's HR column. The nation's hospital payrolls grew by 3,700 new jobs in June, and the healthcare sector was one of the few job growth areas in the economy in the first half of 2009, Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data show. While hospitals are reporting payroll increases, the growth is well off the pace set in recent years, when the hospital sector added 6,800 jobs in June 2008 and 13,400 jobs in June 2007. "I see nothing in these numbers to suggest that the slow down in employment growth is turning around in hospitals or healthcare, or anything that would indicate that people might be feeling more optimistic about the back half of the year," says David Bachman, a senior analyst with Cleveland-based Longbow Research LLC. "My sense is that the belt tightening continues here and hospital administrators and human resources managers are expecting that the back half of this year will be as tough, or tougher, than last year." [Read More]
How Much Personal Protective Equipment is Enough During a Pandemic?
When the next pandemic or large emergency hits, will your hospital have sufficient protective equipment for staff? HealthLeaders Media reported last month that hospitals in the midst of H1N1 flu responses found their supply chains tested, and certainly PPE—including gloves, respirators, and surgical masks—falls under that concern. It may be time for a re-evaluation of potential large-scale health threats in your region, their potential impact, and your ability to respond. [Read More]
Generation Gaps on the Medical Staff May Affect Physician Recruitment
Liz Jones puts together a thoughtful analysis of the recruiting challenges that come as many medical staffs blend four generations of workers; including the so-called World War II Silent Generation (1925-1942), Baby Boomers (1943-1961), Generation X (1962-1981), and Generation Y (1982-1998). It's important to acknowledge differences, but not to get fixated. Obviously, people at different stages in their lives and careers need and value different things. But everybody wants to feel needed and respected. Start there. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
PORTLAND, OR: Short appointed president of Regence Blues
Regence has named Jared Short as president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. Short's appointment is effective July 20. [Read More]

WINSTON-SALEM, NC: Chadwick appointed CFO at Wake Forest MC
Edward G. Chadwick has been selected as executive vice president for finance and CFO of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, a new position created as part of the Medical Center reorganization that began two years ago. Chadwick began work July 1. Chadwick will report directly to John D. McConnell, MD, CEO of the Medical Center. The CFOs of the Medical Center's two main component institutions, North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, will report directly to Chadwick while also remaining part of the respective executive teams for the Hospital and Health Sciences. Most recently Chadwick was CFO and senior vice president for Trinity Health, based in Novi, MI, the fourth-largest Catholic healthcare system in the nation. [Read More]

TAMPA, FL: WellCare Initiates Leadership Transition Process
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. President and CEO Heath G. Schiesser has told the company's board of directors that he will resign when they appoint his replacement. The board has formed a search committee. Because Schiesser intends to serve until his replacement has been named, the board reaffirmed his nomination to stand for reelection as a director at the company's 2009 annual meeting of stockholders scheduled to be held on July 30. [Read More]

MINNEAPOLIS: Rosenstein named medical director at Physician Wellness Services
Physician Wellness Services, a company that helps physicians and healthcare organizations manage the stress and other mental and behavioral issues that can lead to disruptive behavior and performance issues, has named Alan Rosenstein, MD, as medical director. [Read More]

MARSHFIELD, WI: St. Joseph's president announces retirement
Mike Schmidt, president of Ministry Health Care's Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, WI, announced that he plans to retire in January 2010. Schmidt began his 25-year career at Saint Joseph's in 1984 as vice president of finance and CFO. [Read More]

CHICO, CA: Wiltermood named CEO at Enloe MC
Enloe Medical Center's trustees named Mike Wiltermood as Enloe's new president/CEO, effective July 1. Wiltermood has served as the medical center's interim CEO since March, when he replaced Deborah Yancer. Wiltermood was the COO at Enloe Medical Center, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the medical center, from July 2007 until March 2009. Before coming to Enloe, he was the executive vice president/COO of Fremont-Rideout Health Group in Yuba City, CA. [Read More]

PLANO, TX: Whitmore named CFO of Medical Center of Plano
Medical Center of Plano (TX) has tapped Patrick Whitmore as its CFO. Whitmore most recently served as CFO for Vanguard Health Systems in Chicago for two acute-care teaching hospitals affiliated with The University of Chicago. Before that, he served as CFO at hospitals in Nashville, TN, Aurora, CO, and Salt Lake City, UT. [Read More]

PHOENIX: Hunt named service area president at Catholic HC West
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center President Linda Hunt is being promoted to service area president for Catholic Healthcare West Arizona, which includes Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. [Read More]

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