HealthLeaders Media HR - December 14, 2009 | Staffing Ratios the Mantra for Newly Formed NNU
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Staffing Ratios the Mantra for Newly Formed NNU
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

It didn't take the newly formed National Nurses Union long to announce itself. On Tuesday, representatives from the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and the Massachusetts Nurses Association voted unanimously to merge and create what they say is the largest RN union in the nation's history. A few hours after the expected outcome, RNs from the newly empowered 150,000-member NNU formed a picket at the nearby headquarters of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, which has opposed organizing efforts in that state. [Read More]
  December 14, 2009

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New Caritas Christi Labor Pact Partially Links Raises to Reimbursement Rates
Speaking of unions, Caritas Christi, Massachusetts' largest community-based healthcare system, and the SEIU inked a first-of-its-kind labor agreement last week that partially indexes pay hikes to reimbursement rates at four hospitals in the Bay State. Caritas and SEIU officials said in a joint media release that the contract underscores their shared mission to ensure improved funding and care delivery throughout the health system. The contract is the first of its kind in Massachusetts that partially indexes select wage increases to hospital reimbursement rates. The contract immediately brings the hourly wages of the lowest-income employees at the four hospitals to $12.62. Additional across-the-board raises for all 1199SEIU members are scheduled for Jan. 1, 2010 (3% plus ratification bonus), Oct. 1, 2010 (4%), Oct. 1, 2011 (2% guaranteed plus another increase based on hospital reimbursement rate), and Oct. 1, 2012 (2% guaranteed plus another increase based on hospital reimbursement rate). [Read More]
Despite recovering economy, healthcare sector still not immune to layoffs
Nobody said this would be easy. Even though the healthcare sector is one of the few areas in the overall economy that has seen job growth throughout the recession, we're still hearing about layoffs. St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan says it has laid off 180 of its 3,800 employees, blaming the recession and two years of healthcare cuts and taxes imposed by the state of New York. Michael Fagan, a spokesman for the hospital, said in an interview that those being laid off ranged from administrative workers to support workers in food service, housekeeping, and clerical jobs. He said some nurses—the only medical staff members laid off—were affected, but he could not say how many. Meanwhile, in neighboring Pennsylvania, Independence Blue Cross this month began a third wave of personnel cutbacks, with about 200 people expected to lose their jobs in the next several months. This will bring to 855 the number of job losses at the Philadelphia insurer since June. "As of October, we have an operating income and net loss, and we do not expect to make the annual operating margin goal," Joseph Frick, Independence Blue Cross CEO, explained in an annual report distributed to employees. Independence Blue Cross had a loss of $78.7 million in 2008, compared with net income of $170.9 million in 2007. Medical membership dropped to 3.3 million as of Sept. 30, compared with 3.4 million last December.
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Executives on the Move
LOVELAND, CO: Schock named CEO at McKee Medical Center
Marilyn Schock, former associate administrator at Banner Health's 132-bed McKee Medical Center, will now serve as the hospital's CEO. Schock, the interim CEO, assumes the permanent position effective immediately. She has more than 23 years at Banner Health. For the past 14 months, Schock has served as the associate administrator for North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley—a 398-bed hospital operated by Banner Health. [Read More]

TACOMA, WA: Franciscan Health System appoints new CMO
Gregory Semerdjian, MD, has been named senior vice president/CMO for Franciscan Health System. For the past 10 years, Semerdjian served as vice president for medical and clinical operations for Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. CHI is among the largest non-profit health systems in the United States, with 75 hospitals and other care facilities in 19 states. Franciscan Health System is affiliated with CHI. Semerdjian, who served as Franciscan's interim CMO since July 31, succeeds Mike Newcomb, DO, who accepted a senior leadership position at Legacy Health System in Portland, OR. [Read More]

IDA GROVE, IA: Horn Memorial names new CEO
The Horn Memorial Hospital Board of Directors has named Marc Augsburger as CEO/administrator. Augsburger was formerly the vice president of operations at Caro Memorial Hospital in Caro, MI. He began his duties at Horn Memorial Hospital Nov. 30. [Read More]

PHILADELPHIA: Friends Hospital adds clinical, administrative staff
Friends Hospital, a 200-year-old psychiatric hospital in Northeast Philadelphia, announced that it has added two new members to its administrative staff and three to its clinical staff. Eve Townsend has joined as director of Social Services. Tamika Stewart has assumed the role of director of Utilization Management. James Jones, MD is now Medical Director of the Friends Hospital Admissions & Evaluations Center. Jonathan Shack, MD, has joined Friends as Medical Director of a general adult unit. [Read More]

WEST PALM BEACH, FL: Metro Health Networks CEO steps down
Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc., a provider of healthcare services in Florida, announced that Chairman/CEO Michael Earley will step down on March 31, 2010, or until his successor is engaged. He will remain a member of the board of directors. Eric Haskell, currently the board's lead independent director, will assume the duties of chairman immediately. [Read More]

TAMPA: WellCare's Medicare lobbyist to depart
WellCare Health Plans Inc. has disclosed in a regulatory filing that Adam Miller, its senior vice president, national Medicare and government affairs, will leave the company effective Jan. 18. WellCare stated that Miller's position is being eliminated as part of its ongoing evaluation and realignment of core business functions to improve cost structure. [Read More]

CHANDLER, AZ: CHW creates new executive role
Scott Nordlund has accepted the new position of vice president, New Venture and Partnership Development for the $10 billion Catholic Healthcare West system. In this system-wide leadership role, Nordlund will work in collaboration with local leadership in Arizona, Nevada, and California to direct the development of new ambulatory and major non-acute growth opportunities, as well innovative partnerships such as the one CHW currently has with United Surgical Partners, International. Nordlund served locally as chief strategy officer for St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, as well as CHW vice president of strategy for Arizona and Nevada. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, PA: Washington Hospital CEO to retire
Telford W. Thomas, president/CEO of Washington Hospital, has announced his retirement effective May 31, after nearly 40 years at the hospital. Thomas, who was appointed president/CEO in 1992, will be succeeded by Executive Vice President Gary Weinstein. [Read More]

SAN FRANCISCO: NAIC elects 2010 national, zone officers
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners elected the 2010 officers at the association's annual winter national meetings this month. They included President: West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jane Cline; President-Elect: Iowa Insurance Commissioner Susan Voss; Vice President: Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty; Secretary-Treasurer: Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland. [Read More]

CHICAGO: Stacey nominated chairman-elect at ACHE
Rulon F. Stacey, president and CEO, Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins, CO, has been nominated as the 2010-2011 chairman-elect of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The election will take place at the council of regents meeting preceding ACHE's 53rd Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, March 22-25. Board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow, Stacey has served as an ACHE governor since 2007. [Read More]

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