HealthLeaders Media HR - February 22, 2010 | Don't Let Your Wellness Program Obsess Over Weight Loss
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Don't Let Your Wellness Program Obsess Over Weight Loss
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

If your employee wellness program offers smoking cessation classes, encourages moderate physical activity, and provides healthy food options in the cafeteria, you're on the right track. If the focus of your wellness program is weight loss, however, you're wasting time and money, and maybe even endangering your employees' health. So says Paul Campos, a professor of law at the University of Colorado, and the author of The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsessions with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health. [Read More]
  February 22, 2010

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SEIU Wants Grand Jury Probe of Miami's Jackson Health System
The union representing 5,000 nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers at Jackson Health System in Miami has asked a state grand jury to investigate alleged mismanagement that union officials say has the public hospital on the brink of financial ruin. "It's time we know the truth about what's going on with Jackson's finances," said Martha Baker, RN, president of SEIU Local 1991. "We owe it to the patients we serve and to the taxpayers who are funding Jackson." JHS President/CEO Eneida Roldan, MD, said the union's allegations "are without merit and inaccurate," and that any information about the health system's operations is already open and available in the public domain. "This is not the time for finger pointing or to cast blame," Roldan said. "No one person or factor is responsible for Jackson's woes and focusing on blame will get us no closer to a solution. Instead, we must all work together to address Jackson's challenges and to ensure its survival for years to come." [Read More]
Nurses Associations Look for New Protections, Federal Laws to Protect Nurse Whistleblowers
The quick acquittal earlier this month of Texas whistleblower Anne Mitchell, RN, has nursing organizations relieved, but also pressing ahead with remedies to prevent a similar case. Alice Bodley, general counsel for the American Nurses Association, says only 22 states have whistleblower protections "specifically geared toward healthcare workers." It might be time to extend federal whistleblower protections to healthcare professionals who identify not just financial irregularities but also unsafe healthcare practices related to Medicare or Medicaid. [Read More]
NC Hospital's ED Locked Down After Shooting
It's a fear that anyone who works in an emergency setting worries about. An early morning fight at a roadhouse on Presidents Day spilled into the emergency department at Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg, NC, and ended in a shooting that left a patient in critical condition, his alleged assailant in jail, and the hospital in lockdown. Fortunately, no hospital employees were physically injured, although Scotland Memorial officials say several employees were badly shaken by the assault. That's understandable. Incidents like these make my blood boil. There is something particularly heinous about committing violence in a place dedicated to healing. And it's a good example of how violence in the hospital can strike anywhere and anytime. Does your hospital have an action plan in place? [Read More]
Executives on the Move
TAMPA: WellCare Health Plans appoints new board members
WellCare Health Plans Inc. has announced William Trubeck and Paul Weaver were appointed to its board of directors, the Tampa Business Journal reports. Trubeck most recently was a top executive at H&R Block, Inc., and Weaver is a former vice chairman at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. [Read More]

WASHINGTON: Petzel heads VA's Health Care System
Robert A. Petzel, MD, has taken the oath of office as the Under Secretary for Health within the Department of Veterans Affairs, stepping up to lead the nation's largest integrated healthcare system. Petzel had been Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health since May 2009. Previously, he directed one of VA's 21 geographic healthcare networks covering eight medical centers and 42 community based outpatient clinics serving veterans in seven Midwestern states. [Read More]

JACKSONVILLE: Chisholm named president/CEO of St. Vincent's HealthCare
Moody L. Chisholm, Jr., has been named president/CEO for St. Vincent's HealthCare in Jacksonville, FL, effective April 5, 2010. Moody replaces interim President/CEO Howard Watts, who will remain with the organization during the transition. Most recently, Chisholm served as CEO of Manatee Healthcare System and vice president of the Acute Care Division of Universal Health Services. [Read More]

ATHENS, AL: Powers named CEO at Athens-Limestone Hospital
Athens-Limestone Hospital officials have announced the new chief executive officer is Kelli S. Powers. Jim Moffatt, chairman of the hospital's Board of Directors, said that to his knowledge, she is the first female hospital CEO in North Alabama, the Decatur Daily reports. Powers is leaving Lanier Health Services, where she served as CEO/CFO. Powers is filling a spot left vacant in December when CEO Cary Payne retired. Payne had served as CEO since January 2007. [Read More]

BIRMINGHAM, AL: Granger named CEO of Trinity Medical Center
Trinity Medical Center removed the interim label from Keith Granger's title and appointed him president/CEO, the Birmingham Business Journal reports. The move is effective immediately, according to a news release. Granger joined Trinity as interim CEO in October 2009 to lead the hospital's daily operations. Granger previously served as CEO of Flowers Hospital in Dothan. Trinity Medical Center and Flowers Hospital are both affiliated with Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc. Granger succeeded Bill Heburn as CEO last year. [Read More]

LAURINBURG, NC: Dove named quality and resource VP at Scotland Health Care
Lori Dove, RN, has joined Scotland Health Care System as vice president of Quality and Resource Management. In her new role she has executive responsibility over the Quality, Resource Management, Risk Management, Patient Safety and Infection Control, Customer and Volunteer Services, Pharmacy, and Medical Staff services. [Read More]

WASHINGTON: CMS names Tavenner deputy administrator
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it is realigning, consolidating, and integrating functions to "allow the agency to better focus on three key areas: beneficiary services, program integrity, and strategic planning," CMS acting Administrator and Chief Operating Officer Charlene M. Frizzera announced to staff. [Read More]

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO: Staniforth named director of marketing/PR at St. Luke's East
Kaitlin D. Staniforth has been appointed director of Marketing and Public Relations at Saint Luke's East-Lee's Summit. Staniforth joined Saint Luke's Health System in 2006 as an intern in the Marketing division and was hired that year as a public relations assistant. Most recently Staniforth was a public relations manager for Saint Luke's Health System. [Read More]

DADE CITY, FL: Holms leaves Pasco Regional MC
The head of Pasco Regional Medical Center is leaving after three years for a job at another hospital in the same chain that is more than twice the size of the Dade City, FL, hospital, the St. Petersburg Times reports. Stan V. Holm has been tapped to help lead Midwest Regional Medical Center, a 255-bed hospital in Midwest City, OK. The hospital is six months into an expansion that will add 102 beds and is expected to be finished in August. [Read More]

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