HealthLeaders Media HR - February 15, 2010 | Layoffs an Effective Strategy for Economic Crisis, But Beware the Downstream Costs
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Layoffs an Effective Strategy for Economic Crisis, But Beware the Downstream Costs
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The last two years of deep recession have forced many executives in the healthcare sector to take drastic steps to curb costs. Even though healthcare is one of the few sectors in the overall economy to see job growth, hospitals have not been immune to layoffs and other staff reductions. While the job cuts may have an immediate effect on cost containment, other downstream costs should be considered. [Read More]
  February 15, 2010

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Hospitals Focus on Training Staff Members, Engaging Patients About Safety Issues
Patient Safety Awareness Week is coming up on March 7-13, and my HealthLeaders Media colleague Heather Comak suggests it might provide a good opportunity to educate staff and patients. This year's PSAW theme is "Let's Talk: Healthy Conversations for Safer Healthcare." Members of the NPSF's Stand Up for Patient Safety program received a host of materials from the NPSF to help them coordinate the week in conjunction with the theme. The National Patient Safety Foundation is pushing patients to use its three questions when receiving care: What is my main problem? What do I need to do? Why is it important for me to do this? I love these programs that promote patient responsibility and involvement in their own care. [Read More]
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Joint Commission Issues Interim Staffing Effectiveness Standards
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Executives on the Move
SAN ANTONIO: CHRISTUS Santa Rosa names new CEO
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SALEM, OR: Ballard to lead Oregon Medicaid Fraud Unit
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WASHINGTON, DC: AHA appoints new senior executives
The American Hospital Association has announced that Lisa Allen was named senior vice president overseeing human resources for the association, and that Alicia Mitchell was named senior vice president for communications. Allen came to the AHA in 2001 and has focused on employee engagement, advancing major initiatives that address wellness, compensation and benefits, and diversity. A 20-year veteran of the AHA, Mitchell will oversee member and advocacy communications as well as outreach to the media. [Read More]

DALLAS: Broadlane names Ayres Sr. VP for HR
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ROSEVILLE, CA: Longo Named Corporate Compliance Officer for Adventist Health
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MIAMI: CFO of Jackson Health System steps down from post
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CORAL SPRINGS, FL: CEO Maloney steps down at CSMC
Patrick Maloney has announced his resignation as CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center. He is leaving to pursue other opportunities in healthcare. He'll be at CSMC until the end of February, Broward Health announced in an internal memo. Maloney joined Broward Health in 1999 as the executive director of the Neurological Institute at North Broward Medical Center. He has held several leadership positions including Chief Operating Officer at Coral Springs Medical Center and Vice President of Corporate Services for Broward Health. He was named CEO four years ago. [Read More]

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The new HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2010 found that 38% of hospital CEOs and 46% of CFOs found layoffs and staff reductions to be an effective strategy when dealing with an economic crisis. While it's true that your hospital will probably enjoy short-term financial benefits with layoffs, what about the long-term? In an interview with HealthLeaders Media, Bernie Becker, vice president/CHRO at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, KS, argues that layoffs cost more money in the long run, especially when it's time to start hiring again. [Listen Now]
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