HealthLeaders Media HR - February 8, 2010 | Unions, Management Cooperate to Save NJ Hospital
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Unions, Management Cooperate to Save NJ Hospital
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

News last week that St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, NJ, was emerging from bankruptcy after declaring about $100 million in debts last March provides an excellent example of what can happen when unions and management work together. A key component of the reorganization plan was the unions' ratification in December of a plan to cut pay by 5%, with an understanding that the cuts would be restored incrementally in the coming months. [Read More]
  February 8, 2010

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Healthcare Created 14,500 Jobs in January
If you're inclined to carp too much about how rough it is at your hospital or physicians' office, remember it's a lot worse out there for other sectors of the economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the healthcare sector created 14,500 new jobs in January and overall employment from all business sectors fell by 20,000 jobs, even as the unemployment rate fell from 10% to 9.7%. Ambulatory services accounted for 15,000 payroll additions in January, physicians' offices accounted for 5,600 payroll additions, and hospitals accounted for 5,000 new payroll additions. Some areas of the healthcare sector lost jobs in January. Nursing and residential care facilities reported 5,800 payroll reductions. The healthcare sector created 267,000 new jobs in 2009, including 22,000 payroll additions in December. [Read More]
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Do sleepy medical residents jeopardize patient care? Probably. Point: The watchdog group Public Citizen wants the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to limit allowable residents' consecutive work hours to 16 instead of 30 because the long shifts lead to errors that threaten lives of patients as well as their own. Counterpoint: Residents have a very short time to ingest and digest a lifetime of knowledge as residents. If they're not allowed to spend as much time as possible honing their profession at medical school, won't that result in poorly trained physicians making more mistakes that jeopardize patient care? [Read More]
Doctors Sue To Stop Unsupervised Nurse Anesthetists from Administering Anesthesia
Two large physicians' groups in California have filed suit against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, claiming that surgical patients are being put at risk because a new California regulation allows nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without the supervision of a physician. At first blush, the doctors appear to have a strong complaint here. This clearly seems to be a cost-saving measure. Ordinarily I'm all for that, except when there is the possibility that patient safety might be compromised. I have no doubt that these nurse anesthetists are competent and well-qualified professionals. However, reducing healthcare oversight to save money— regardless of the competency of the clinicians—sets a bad precedent and immediately begs the question "What's next?" [Read More]
Nurse to stand trial for reporting doctor
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Executives on the Move
SACRAMENTO: CMA hires within for new CEO
The California Medical Association has appointed Dustin Corcoran, who has worked for CMA for nearly 12 years in several capacities, as its new CEO. Corcoran led CMA's lobbying efforts for five years before becoming deputy CEO last fall. The CMA Board of Trustees voted to approve Corcoran's appointment at its quarterly meeting last month. [Read More]

INDIANAPOLIS: WellPoint Chairman Glasscock to retire March 1
WellPoint, Inc. announced that Larry C. Glasscock is retiring as chairman of the board of directors and as a member of the board of directors effective March 1. WellPoint's board of directors has named Angela F. Braly, WellPoint's president/CEO, as chair of the board, also effective March 1. [Read More]

KINGSPORT, TN: Burgin named interim CEO at Wellmont
Bob Burgin, a retired healthcare executive who served for more than two decades as president and CEO of Mission Hospitals in Asheville, NC, will provide interim leadership for Wellmont Health System as the organization conducts a national search for its next CEO. Burgin has been a member of the Wellmont board of directors since July 2009. He assumes his responsibilities as interim CEO immediately, working closely with outgoing President/CEO Mike Snow, who will leave the system later this month to become COO of Amedisys Inc. [Read More]

LOUISVILLE: Kindred Healthcare announces new officer appointments
Kindred Healthcare, Inc. has announced the promotion of two officers in the company's hospital division and the appointment of a new vice president in the company's health services division. In the hospital division, the company promoted Adam Darvish and Jack Shapiro to vice president. In the health services division, the company appointed Sally Brooks, MD, as vice president/medical director. [Read More]

JACKSONVILLE: PSS World Medical appoints new CEO
The board at PSS World Medical, Inc. has promoted Gary A. Corless, currently the company's executive vice president/COO, to president/CEO, effective immediately. Corless succeeds David A. Smith, who has terminated his employment by mutual agreement. Corless has also been appointed a director on the company's board and a member of the executive committee. In addition, Delores P. Kesler, a director since 1993, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors. [Read More]

Boca Raton Community Hospital has announced the appointment of Jerry J. Fedele as permanent president/CEO. He assumed his new role on Feb. 1. [Read More]

ORANGE, CA: St. Joseph Hospital president/CEO to retire
St. Joseph Hospital President/CEO Larry K. Ainsworth has announced his retirement on June 30, after 16 years leading the institution. [Read More]

CLEVELAND: Cleveland Clinic names new urology dept. chairman
Cleveland Clinic has named Edmund Sabanegh, Jr., MD, as chairman of the Department of Urology in the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. Sabanegh joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2006 and has served as Director of the Center for Male Fertility. In addition, he is the program director for the Male Infertility Fellowship. [Read More]

HOUSTON: Arnoldy named chair at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital board
St. Luke's Episcopal Health System announces John Scott Arnoldy has been appointed chair of the St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital Board of Directors. Arnoldy is chairman/president/CEO of Triten Corporation, a $350 million privately-held worldwide engineering and manufacturing firm based in Houston. Arnoldy succeeds Lorne Bain, founding chair of the SLEH Board, who served on the system board from 1994 until term-limits required his retirement. [Read More]

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