HealthLeaders Media HR - September 14, 2009 | What's Behind Slow Hospital Job Growth?
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What's Behind Slow Hospital Job Growth?
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Is the recession responsible for the flat job growth in the hospital sector? Or, is something larger at play? Are we seeing a fundamental shift in the way healthcare is being delivered in this country? Is the idea of the single, monolithic brick-and-mortar hospital giving way to a more fluid construct where hospitals play a less-centralized role? [Read More]
  September 14, 2009

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Chicago area's MetroSouth MC to lay off 120 employees, blames recession
The Chicago Tribune reports that MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, IL, plans to lay off 120 employees, citing the recession and its impact on hospital admissions. "It's a direct result of a decrease in our inpatient activity, which is similar to that of other area hospitals," says Arnold Kimmel, MetroSouth's CEO. "Likewise, the layoff is similar to what other service organizations are going through particularly in this very difficult economy." MetroSouth has been hit by a growing number of patients unable to pay their medical bills and had racked up tens of millions of dollars in losses. [Read More]
Retail clinics target chronic diseases
The Wall Street Journal reports that retail health clinics are adding treatments for chronic diseases such as asthma to their repertoire, hoping to find steadier revenue but putting the clinics into greater competition with doctors' groups and hospitals. Good! It's all about improving access, and the healthcare sector needs to be more consumer friendly in that regard. Traditional healthcare venues have two choices. They can continue to run on banker's hours and months-long waits for appointments, and they will continue to lose business to retail clinics that know how to meet consumer demand. Or, they can adapt to the 24/7 economy. [Read More]
Hospitals must each trim $2.6M a year under Obama reforms
USA Today reports that each of the nation's 5,700 hospitals must cut $2.6 million a year on average in costs in the next 10 years to meet the demands of President Obama's proposed healthcare reform. It's encouraging to note that many CEOs quoted in the article say that is highly doable, because hospitals are already rife with inefficiencies. [Read More]
Nursing programs focus on preparing, retaining nurses
Nurse turnover is a huge and very expensive problem. Veteran nurses have told me that a newly graduated nurse's first year on the job is fraught with stress, anxiety, and disillusionment. That is reflected in studies that show that up to 60% of new nurse graduates leave their first job within their first year. Rapid City (SD) Regional Hospital has created a program to help new nurses through the transition. The first part of the program is a pilot involving the two nursing schools. The schools will each pick one class of eight students for extra practice for clinical skills at Regional Hospital; two students will be paired with a nurse. The second part of the program is a new, year-long residency program for each newly-hired nurse, who will be paired with a mentor. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
CHICAGO: Luskin-Hawk named CEO of St. Joseph Hospital
Roberta Luskin-Hawk, MD, has been named CEO of Saint Joseph Hospital- Resurrection Health Care. She is one of only four female doctors to serve as a hospital CEO in Illinois. She is an expert on the topics of H1N1, AIDS/HIV, and infectious disease. [Read More]

HIGHLAND, IL: Sebastian named new CEO at St. Joseph's Hospital
Peggy A. Sebastian, a nurse with more than 29 years of experience in healthcare administration, has been named president/CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital. She begins on Oct. 5. Sebastian succeeds Dennis Hutchison, who has served as interim administrator of St. Joseph's since December. Sebastian joins St. Joseph's after leading her own healthcare consulting firm. Between 2006 and 2008, Sebastian served as chief patient care officer for Rogers Behavioral Health System, which provides patient care at four locations in Wisconsin. Before that, she served as vice president and the executive in charge of operations at the 275-bed Mercy Hospital in Janesville, WI, from 1999 and 2006. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: Howard named director of CDC-NIOSH
John Howard, MD, has been named the new director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, effective immediately. Howard will assume a dual role. In addition to being the director of NIOSH, he will also serve as the World Trade Center Programs coordinator for HHS. Howard, who is currently a consultant at the CDC, served as NIOSH director from 2002 through 2008. He also served as coordinator of HHS' World Trade Center Health Programs from 2006 to 2008. [Read More]

MIAMI: Douthard named director of pharmacy at Miami Children's Hospital
Miami Children's Hospital has named Yolanda D. Douthard as the hospital's new Director of Pharmaceutical Services. Most recently, Douthard was director of pharmacy at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, FL. [Read More]

BATON ROUGE: Amedisys announces executive changes
Amedisys, Inc., a home health and hospice nursing company, has announced that two executives are leaving the company to pursue other interests. Amedisys has accepted the resignation of Larry R. Graham, as president/COO. Graham's duties will be temporarily assumed by William F. Borne, Amedisys' chairman/CEO. Amedisys also announced the departure of CIO Alice Ann Schwartz, effective Sept. 3. [Read More]

PHILADELPHIA: Friends Hospital names new CEO
Kenneth Glass, a psychologist and native Philadelphian with more than 15 years of clinical and administrative experience in community mental health in Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston has been appointed CEO of Friends Hospital, the 200-year-old psychiatric hospital in Northeast Philadelphia. Before joining Friends, Glass was senior vice president of behavioral medicine for North Philadelphia Health System. Before that, Glass was CEO of WES Corp. [Read More]

COVINGTON, LA: Lessing named CFO at St. Tammany Parish Hospital
Tim C. Lessing has been appointed CFO at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. Previously, he was the CFO at Community Health System Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru, IN. He was also the CFO at the Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, WI, and worked in various finance and accounting positions for the Parkview Health System in Indiana. Lessing also served in the US Air Force-Air National Guard as a medical executive officer where he assisted in the post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding of a New Orleans clinic. [Read More]

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