HealthLeaders Media HR - October 26, 2009 | Beware of Ageism as Older Workers Look for Employment
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Beware of Ageism as Older Workers Look for Employment
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Healthcare has been one of the few sectors in the overall economy that has seen steady, albeit slowed, job growth throughout the recession. As a result, it seems like more people are applying for jobs in the healthcare sector and an increasing number of older candidates are included in that mix of applicants. While older workers can offer a rich and deep pool of experienced and talented applicants, your HR department and hiring managers have to be careful to avoid any interview questions that might be perceived as ageist. [Read More]
  October 26, 2009

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65 And Older And Looking For Work
The New York Times offers an interesting piece about the record numbers of people over the age of 65 who are either working or unemployed and looking for work. This is a problem that likely will only get worse as our nation becomes even more stratified between the few haves and the many have-nots. I expect that some time in the future the federal government is going to have to rethink how it pays out Social Security, and allow greater numbers of older people to collect some of those benefits while still remaining in the workforce. For many it will be a matter of survival. [Read More]
Survey: Companies plan to rehire in 'near future'
CNN reports on a survey by the National Association for Business Economics that shows U.S. companies are planning to hire and invest more in the near future. The operative phrase here is "near future." What does that mean? Today? Tomorrow? This quarter? Next year? I don't want to be a gloom-and-doomer, but I'll start believing that the economy has turned around when unemployment falls a few whole numbers below 10%. [Read More]
Changing culture easier said than done
The Power Point presentations make the idea of changing culture look fairly simple and straightforward. My colleague, Philip Betbeze, uses the abrupt departure of Wayne Sensor as CEO at Alegent Health in Omaha as a good example of the mine fields awaiting hospital executives who try to change the ways things are done. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
BOSTON: Nabel named president of Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals
Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals named Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, as its next president after a unanimous vote by the board of trustees. Nabel, who will assume her position Jan. 1, will succeed Gary Gottlieb, MD, who becomes CEO and president of Partners HealthCare when James Mongan, MD, retires at the beginning of the new year. Nabel is currently the director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. [Read More]

LOVELAND, CO: McKee Medical Center CEO resigns
Christopher Cornue resigned as CEO of McKee Medical Center after serving in that role for just more than a year. The final day for Cornue, who started at the Loveland, CO, hospital Sept. 15, 2008, was Oct. 23. Cornue said he plans to return to his home in the Chicago area in response to family concerns. He originally had planned to relocate his family within the year after arriving at McKee. Cornue previously served as vice president of Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center in Chicago. Jim Ferando, president of Banner Health's Western Region, said he plans to fill Cornue's position as soon as possible. [Read More]

TUCSON, AZ: Carondelet appoints Ramirez as chief lobbyist
I. Leticia (Letty) Ramirez, formerly chief marketing and communications officer for Carondelet Health Network, has accepted a new position as vice president, advocacy, government, and community relations for the Network. [Read More]

CHATTANOOGA: BCBST announces new appointments
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee named Richard Cassidy, MD, as vice president and CMO for healthcare services. The company also promoted Inga Himelright, MD, to the new role of associate CMO for the division. [Read More]

WINCHESTER, MA: Smith named CEO at Winchester Hospital
Kevin Smith has succeeded Dale Lodge as president/CEO of Winchester Hospital in a succession plan announced by the hospital's Board of Directors nearly two years ago. Smith was formerly executive vice president/CFO. Lodge is now president/CEO of Winchester Healthcare Management, the parent organization of the hospital and other subsidiaries. [Read More]

PITTSBURGH: Dalton appointed president elect of AACI
Tampa, FL-based Moffitt Cancer Center CEO William S. Dalton, MD, has been appointed vice president/president-elect of the Association of American Cancer Institutes. Dalton will assume the AACI presidency in 2011. AACI comprises 95 of the leading cancer research centers in the United States. [Read More]

IRVING, TX: Martino named Senior VP/CFO at Caris Diagnostics
Caris Diagnostics, the anatomic pathology and oncology testing services provider, has announced the appointment of Jerry Martino as senior vice president/CFO. Most recently, Martino, a CPA, was the executive vice president/COO for Par Pharmaceutical Companies. Before that, he was with Schering-Plough Corporation for 12 years, most recently as vice president, Global Materials Management and Global Supply Chain Operations. [Read More]

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