HealthLeaders Media HR - November 16, 2009 | Hospital Recovery Appears V-shaped
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Hospital Recovery Appears V-shaped
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Economists are debating whether the nation is enduring a U-shaped or a V-shaped recession. The U-shaped recession means a more gradual recovery—particularly one that sees limited if any job growth. The V-shaped recession tanks quickly and recovers quickly, too. For hospitals, a rich vein of raw data, reports, and surveys released over the last several weeks, give us a good idea of how difficult 2008 was, but also suggest that hospitals are now operating on the upward side of the V. [Read More]
  November 16, 2009

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Jackson Health System in Miami prepares for January layoffs
My column this week is pretty upbeat. I think hospitals are in recovery. That doesn't mean that there won't be rough times ahead. At Jackson Health System in Miami, for example, they've announced plans to close six units in January and lay off 93 employees to help account for a $168 million shortfall. The biggest problem in Florida is the decline in property values. The state has no income tax, so a good portion of local government revenues come from property taxes. When the value of real estate falls by 25% to 30%, it's not hard to imagine how devastating that can be. [Read More]
SEIU, California healthcare union in dogfight over new members
Apparently, these guys forgot the words to Solidarity Forever! The Wall Street Journal reports that the National Union of Healthcare Workers, in a fight to sign up 10,000 members, is accusing the Service Employees International Union with changing ballots and threatening to report a worker to immigration officials. The allegations are the latest twist in a contentious battle to represent workers in the rapidly growing sector of home healthcare. Labor experts say the feud is a costly and embarrassing distraction for unions as they lobby Congress to pass legislation that would ease organizing rules in their favor. [Read More]
Have sound bite, will orate
OK. I admit it. This really isn't about healthcare HR. But I found this New York Times article to be such an egregious example of the corrupting power that money wields over Congress that I had to run it. Members of Congress—Democrats and Republicans—are taking their sound bites directly from cue cards written by lobbyists representing the very industries these lawmakers are supposed to regulate. Because Congress writes the laws, this blatant quid pro quo of policy for campaign cash, or maybe a cushy lobbying job, or the sinecure as a trustee after leaving office, is not bribery. This is not a partisan issue. Both parties are for sale. Ultimately, the public will pay the bill. [Read More]
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Executives on the Move
DALLAS: Honts named CEO at Tenet's Creighton University MC
Tenet Healthcare Corp. has announced that Creighton University Medical Center has named Gary Honts as CEO. Honts has served as interim CEO at CUMC since May 25. As CEO, Honts will oversee strategic, operational, and clinical activities for the 334-bed tertiary care hospital located in Omaha, NE. Previously, Honts served as CEO of Tenet's Community Hospital of Los Gatos. He has held positions as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Atlanta Medical Center and vice president of operations at St. Joseph Hospital. He also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Hilton Head Hospital. [Read More]

KANSAS CITY, KS: Jeans named CFO at Providence MC
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System hired Joe Jeans as CFO at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, KS, and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth. Jeans is responsible for the hospitals' day-to-day financial operations, plays a key role in developing and implementing financial strategy, and serves as the organizational responsibility officer. Jeans started as CFO on Oct. 26. He succeeds Juanita Roy, who was promoted to the hospitals' COO. [Read More]

TAMPA: Fletcher named COO at Manatee Memorial
Richard S. Fletcher was appointed COO at Manatee Memorial Hospital. He previously was associate administrator at the hospital and director of pharmacy for Manatee Healthcare System. The 319-bed acute care facility, which opened 55 years ago, is owned by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, based in King of Prussia, PA. [Read More]

LOS ANGELES: Blue Shield of California announces appointments
Blue Shield of California announced two executive appointments. The not-for-profit health plan named John Hedberg as CFO/vice president of finance and underwriting for the company's Individual, Small Group, and Government Business Unit. Mike Sears was named vice president of customer service. Hedberg most recently served as business finance officer at Cigna HealthCare. Sears most recently served as senior vice president for customer care at Vonage. [Read More]

FRANKLIN, TN: Henry joins Passport Health as revenue cycle analyst
Ellie Henry has joined Passport Health Communications, Inc. as a revenue cycle analyst. She was previously senior director of access at Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA. [Read More]

TAMPA: Sneed named founding dean at USF Pharmacy school
Kevin B. Sneed has been appointed the founding dean of the USF School of Pharmacy. Sneed, associate professor of family medicine and assistant dean and clinical director of the College of Medicine's Division of Clinical Pharmacy, was selected for the high-profile position following a nationwide search. [Read More]

PHILADEPHIA: Friends Hospital appoints new CMO
Friends Hospital, the 200-year-old psychiatric hospital in Northeast Philadelphia, has appointed Joseph Garbely, MD, as CMO. In his new role, Dr. Garbely is responsible for the leadership of the medical staff and overall clinical operations of the hospital. [Read More]

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