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Do Family, Friends' Photos Trigger HIPAA Violations?
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

News that Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, FL, disciplined several employees for taking cell phone pictures of the victim of a Feb. 3 shark attack who later died has generated a lot of interest on our HealthLeaders Media Web site. The Martin Memorial incident was a clear violation of HIPAA privacy laws. What happens, though, when the shutterbug is not an employee, but a relative or a friend of the patient or even someone walking through the emergency department who otherwise has no connection with the patient or the hospital? [Read More]
  March 8, 2010

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Jackson Health downsizing plan would close two hospitals, layoff nearly 4,500
The Miami Herald reports that Jackson Health System has announced plans to lay off 4,487 employees—more than a third of the work force—and close the system's two satellite hospitals. The cuts will save Miami-Dade's public health system $165.4 million by eliminating a broad range of services, including the closing of Jackson North and Jackson South hospitals. Even with the cuts, there will remain a deficit of $64 million for fiscal 2009. The tough times at JHS provide a sad counterpoint to the otherwise good news that the healthcare sector continues to be one of the few sectors in the overall economy that continues to create jobs. It's really hard to speak broadly of "healthcare" because so much depends upon what region of the country you're in, what part of what state, what area of a city, and your patient mix. Like politics, healthcare is local. [Read More]
Hospital Workers to be Fired for Missing Work During Blizzard
There is rarely a dull moment in healthcare journalism. The planned firings of 21 workers—including 15 nurses—at Washington Hospital Center because they failed to show for work during a blizzard last month has prompted a lot of controversy. Is this too severe a penalty? Or, should these healthcare professionals have planned ahead of time to avoid missing work? The American Nurses Association says it is unheard of for a hospital to fire nurses because of not reporting to work due to prohibitive weather conditions. However, WHC CEO Harrison J. Rider III said that during the blizzard "most of us served selflessly, but some chose not to come to work and walked away from the commitment they made to the patients and their fellow associates. We have continued to review each case to assure that those who shared our commitment to our patients are distinguished from those few who did not." [Read More]
Nurse wounded in ED shooting
Last week, my HR column touched upon the alarming incidences of violence against hospital employees. I focused on an ED shooting last month at Scotland Memorial Hospital in North Carolina. As if to make my point for me, a nurse at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut was wounded by an 85-year-old patient wielding a handgun. The nurse—who is recovering from his wounds—has been identified as Andrew Hull, 34, a former marine and an assistant nurse manager at the hospital who reportedly was shot after throwing his body in front of another employee. The shooter is charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of a firearm and carrying a revolver without a permit. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
BURLINGTON, MA: Barrett to step down in 2011 as CEO of Lahey Clinic
After 10 years on the job, David M. Barrett, MD, has announced that he will step down as president/CEO of Lahey Clinic in January 2011. At the request of the board of trustees, Barrett will remain in a new strategic leadership role through September 2012 as part of a succession plan. [Read More]

MARSHALLTOWN, IA: Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center names new CEO
The Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center Board of Trustees has named Brian D. Burnside as the organization's next president/CEO. Burnside is a veteran healthcare professional with more than 13 years of experience in the management of hospitals and multi-hospital healthcare systems. [Read More]

SHEBOYGAN, WI: Bagnall named CEO at St. Nicholas Hospital
The Hospital Sisters Health System announced that Andrew J. Bagnall has been named president/CEO of St. Nicholas Hospital. Bagnall is currently the CEO of Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, IA. Bagnall will begin at St. Nicholas Hospital on March 15. [Read More]

ST. THOMAS, USVI: CEO hired for Schneider RMC
After searching for more than a year, the Schneider Regional Medical Center board has hired Alice Taylor, who served most recently as COO of Broward General Medical Center and Chris Evert Children's Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to be its new CEO. Taylor's salary will be $310,000, a substantial increase from her pay at Broward General. She also will receive a moving stipend of up to $40,000 and a government-issued vehicle as part of her three-year contract with the hospital. She was selected from a field of more than 80 candidates. The board paid the Atlanta-based executive search firm Tyler & Company just over $100,000 to vet the applicants and whittle the field down to eight finalists. On April 5, Taylor will take over for Interim CEO Elizabeth Harris, who has run the hospital for more than a year since a corruption scandal led to the installation of new executives and board members at the hospital. [Read More]

ARK CITY, KS: South Central Kansas RMC leader fired
The board of trustees for the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center fired its CEO, Phyllis Macy-Mills. Macy-Mills, 72, has been in charge of the facility for the past four years. She clashed with the board over its decision to find a new CEO to lead the new facility being constructed north of Ark City. [Read More]

ST. LOUIS: Rebsamen joins Navvis & Co. as senior VP
C.B. Rebsamen, MD, has joined Navvis & Company as a senior vice president. In this role, he will provide strategic counsel to health system, hospital, and physician organizations on hospital-physician partnerships, physician enterprise development, and physician group practice, leadership, and governance. Rebsamen comes from Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL, where he was CMO. [Read More]

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