HealthLeaders Media HR - July 13, 2009 | SAW Program Builds Employees' Confidence for College
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SAW Program Builds Employees' Confidence for College
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The "School at Work" program wasn't designed specifically for hospitals, it just seems that way. It's hard to imagine a better environment for the program to flourish. Hospitals routinely hire dozens of entry level employees, many of whom crave the opportunity to improve their lives. About 370 hospitals in 41 states have adopted the program, which uses job coaches, mentors, DVD and Internet classes, and traditional workbooks. [Read More]
  July 13, 2009

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The Emotional Cost of Nursing
Nurses cure the sick, heal the wounded, and comfort the dying, but are they doing so at their own cost? Jenny Watts, researcher and psychology PhD student at the University of Leicester in England is studying the emotional toll of nursing. So far, Watts' findings indicate nurses who empathize and identify with their patients can share patients' emotional reactions, thus nurses with highly distressed patients can develop similar symptoms. In addition, dealing with patients' concerns can lead to draining of emotional resources. Such distress can significantly affect nurses' personal and professional lives, resulting in flashbacks of traumatic events, sleeping difficulty, emotional detachment, and increased feelings of work-related dissatisfaction. Watts says one of the major findings of her review implicates age is a predictive factor of distress. Younger, less experienced nurses report greater distress. [Read More]
Not even AARP employees are immune from the sour economy
If your healthcare organization is like the nearly one-in-three other businesses in this country that have had to trim employer contributions to 401(k) accounts, perhaps you can take some solace from this. AARP has announced that it will suspend its 401(k) match for at least nine months. That's definitely man-bites-dog news from an organization that used to be known as the American Association of Retired Persons. Maybe that's why they changed the name. The New York Times cites a recent study by the Grant Thornton compensation and benefits consulting practice, which showed that 29% of employers have altered or intend to alter their 401(k) match this year. Two-thirds of those will eliminate it (often temporarily), 22% will reduce it and 11% will bump it up. If you're keeping track, the Pension Rights Center maintains a list of employers that have downgraded their matches at [Read More]
Healthcare jobs remain a bright spot in dark economy
Healthcare continues to be one of the few bright spots in the Atlanta area, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A year-and-a-half into a recession, with metro Atlanta's unemployment rate at 9.6% and still climbing, the paper reports that hiring continues in healthcare. Hospitals, nursing homes, medical agencies and even schools continue to need workers with the right skills—and administrative help to support them. In the past year, the private sector in metro Atlanta has bled 137,700 jobs—including 16,800 in retail, 28,700 in administrative support, and more than 30,000 in construction. Healthcare added 5,000 jobs. Ambulatory care was up 2,300 jobs and hospital payrolls expanded by 1,500. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
FRISCO, TX: Thomason named CEO of Tenet's Centennial MC
Tenet Healthcare Corp. has appointed Joe Thomason as CEO of Tenet's Centennial Medical Center, a 118-bed acute care hospital in Frisco, TX. Thomason, 49, has served as the hospital's interim CEO since March. Thomason recently served as CEO of RHD Memorial Medical Center in Dallas and Brownsville Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas. Before that, he was COO for Sierra Medical Center, a 354-bed acute care hospital in El Paso, TX. [Read More]

BALTIMORE, MD: XLHealth announces two appointments
XLHealth, which runs Medicare chronic condition special needs plans, has appointed John R. Mach, Jr., MD, to CMO, effective Aug. 1. Most recently, Mach served as chairman/CEO of United HealthCare's Evercare health plans, the business unit that owns and manages all of United's Medicare special needs plans. XLHealth also has appointed Karl Broussard to serve as its vice president of contracting and provider relations. Before joining XLHealth, Broussard served nine years in various executive roles at Coventry Health Care, most recently as vice president of network development with the company's Vista health plan. [Read More]

ABINGTON, PA: Jones to step down as CEO of Memorial Hospital
Richard L. Jones, Jr., president/CEO of Abington Memorial Hospital, has announced his retirement, effective Jan. 31, after 29 years at the hospital, including the pat 11 years as president/CEO. A search committee has been appointed by the board of trustees and Witt/Keiffer, a national search firm, has been retained to assist them. [Read More]

SAN ANTONIO, TX: Baptist CEO Pilgrim moves to parent Vanguard
Baptist Health System President/CEO Trip Pilgrim has been named senior vice president and chief development officer for Vanguard Health Systems, the parent company of Baptist Health System. Baptist Health System COO Graham Reeve has been named as Pilgrim's replacement. Pilgrim has served as the president/CEO for Baptist Health System since September of 2005. Before that, he served for three years as Baptist's vice president of business development. [Read More]

ELLSWORTH, ME: McCormack named interim CEO at Maine Coast Memorial
John J. McCormack has been named interim CEO at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. McCormack filled the vacancy created by the departure of former President/CEO Doug Jones, who retired this month. McCormack began his duties at MCMH on July 6. [Read More]

BALTIMORE: Small to direct Johns Hopkins pediatric oncology
Donald Small, MD, has been selected to head the Pediatric Oncology Division of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. After having spent 32 years at Johns Hopkins, with the last 19 as a member of the faculty, Small has been serving as Acting Director of the Division since September 2006. [Read More]

DEVILS LAKE, ND: Marshall hired as new CEO at Mercy Hospital
James I. Marshall has been hired as the new CEO of Mercy Hospital. Most recently he served for two years as the CEO for the Sakakwea Medical Center in Hazen, ND, a critical-access hospital licensed for 25 beds with two rural health clinics, a surgical clinic, and a 32-bed basic-care facility that is community owned and operated under the Hazen Memorial Hospital Association. [Read More]

PASSAIC, NJ: Sniffen takes over as St. Mary's Hospital CEO
Michael J. Sniffen has assumed the position of president/CEO at St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, NJ, following the recent departure of Colene Y. Daniel. [Read More]

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Time For 'Dr. Next'?

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