HealthLeaders Media HR - March 15, 2010 | Changing Bad Employee Habits Will Take Time, Patience
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Changing Bad Employee Habits Will Take Time, Patience
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

A recent survey found that employers are frustrated that employees aren't taking advantage of their work-based wellness programs to rid themselves of unhealthy habits such as smoking and excess weight. This frustration is understandable. The primary motive for the wellness movement, however well-intentioned, is to reduce healthcare costs, which are growing at unsustainable rates. [Read More]
  March 15, 2010

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AHA: Labor is Biggest Factor in Hospital Cost Growth
Not only is your staff your most important asset, they're also one of your most expensive. The American Hospital Association reports that the single most important factor driving up costs for hospitals was labor, accounting for about 35% of overall growth. Labor was also responsible for more than half of the growth in the costs of purchased goods and services, according to the data in the report that was obtained from CMS and the AHA annual survey data for community hospitals. These increases are occurring while hospitals are facing shortages of RNs, pharmacists, medical technicians, and other clinical workers. These continued workforce shortages—during a period of rising service demand—likely will put additional cost pressures on hospitals, the report said. [Read More]
Meetings: What's on the agenda? What's not?
I wrote this piece for our newsletter The Doctor's Office, with a target audience of physicians and practice administrators. However, I believe there are a lot of good suggestions here that would work well at every meeting, at every level, for every subject. For example, start the meeting on time, and end the meeting on time. "The people who show up on time shouldn't be penalized for the people who don't. It's disrespectful not to start on time and end on time," consultant Ken Hertz told me. "The more you don't start on time, the more people say 'why should I show up on time?' and then it becomes a downward spiral." Other near-universal truths: have an agenda and try to stick to it; give staff time to prepare for the meeting by telling them what is on the agenda; and don't rehash the same issues at every meeting. Address the topic, and move on. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
JACKSONVILLE, FL: Hill Named Chair for Baptist Health Board
Robert E. Hill, Jr., president/CEO of Acosta Sales and Marketing Company, has been named chair of the Baptist Health Board of Directors. Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., CEO of The First Tee and executive vice president of the World Golf Foundation, has been named vice chair of the board. [Read More]

ATLANTA: Oram named CFO at Healthcare Solutions
Healthcare Solutions has appointed Thomas E. Oram as CFO. Oram joins the Atlanta-based company with more than 20 years of experience working in financial and treasury positions within both public and privately held companies. [Read More]

WOODWARD, OK: Nasem named interim CEO at Woodard Regional Hospital
Woodward Regional Hospital has named Charles Nasem interim CEO, effective immediately. Nasem, a senior healthcare executive with 30 years' hospital experience, is currently COO at WRH's sister hospital, Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City. Former CEO Lavah Lowe resigned to accept a position in Poplar Bluff, MO. A national search for a new administrator is ongoing. [Read More]

BIRMINGHAM, AL: Spraberry named CEO of Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital
Brian Spraberry has been named president/CEO of Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, effective April 12. Spraberry, a Birmingham native who received his master's in health administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, currently serves as chief of business development for the University of Mississippi Medical Center, a position he has held since 2007. [Read More]

NEW BRITAIN, CT: Silvia named president/CEO of The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Clarence J. Silvia has been named president/CEO of The Hospital of Central Connecticut and president of the Central Connecticut Health Alliance, the hospital's parent organization, effective immediately. Silvia, 54, most recently was senior vice president/COO for CCHA and the hospital. Before this, Silvia was president/CEO of Bradley Memorial Hospital, a post he assumed in 1993 after serving as the hospital's executive vice president for seven years. [Read More]

NAPIERVILLE, IL: Pryor named CFO at Edward Hospital & Health Services
Vince Pryor has been named senior vice president of finance/CFO for Edward Hospital & Health Services. Pryor comes from Ingalls Health System, where he worked the past eight years as senior vice president of finance/CFO. Previously, Pryor served as CFO/vice president of finance at Provena Hospitals and vice president of managed care/COO of management services organization for LaPorte (IN) Hospital. [Read More]

AKRON: Trainer named CFO at Akron Children's Hospital
Michael Trainer, CPA, has been named CFO/treasurer of Akron Children's Hospital. Trainer has served as Akron Children's interim CFO for the past five months. He joined the hospital system in 2008 as a vice president. Before joining Akron Children's, Trainer was vice president of regional services and strategic initiatives at the Cleveland Clinic. He has also held financial positions with Summa Health System and Deaconess Hospital of Cleveland. [Read More]

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