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Hospital Layoffs Creep Back into the Headlines
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

It seems like hospital layoffs are creeping back into the news, but the fact is they never really went away. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that there were 152 mass layoffs—defined as 50 job losses or more—at nongovernmental hospitals in 2009. This resulted in more than 13,000 job cuts, up from 112 mass layoffs with more than 12,800 job cuts in 2008, which was the first full year of the recession that started in December 2007. [Read More]
  March 22, 2010

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Where Have All the CEOs Gone?
My colleague Philip Betbeze has an interesting column this week about the higher-than-usual turnover of hospital CEOs. According to the American College of Healthcare Executives, hospital CEO turnover reached 18% in 2009, a rate equaled only four times since tracking began in 1981, the survey says. ACHE attributes a lot of the turnover to an aging Baby Boomer demographic that is nearing retirement. But that theory runs amiss with our HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey, which shows that more than 88% of hospital CEOs are satisfied or very satisfied with their job, with only just more than 5% planning to retire during the next year. So what gives? [Read More]
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Executives on the Move
MILWAUKEE: O'Connell to retire as CFO at Froedtert & Community Health
Blaine J. O?Connell, CFO for Froedtert & Community Health, will retire effective Jan. 1, 2011. O'Connell has served as senior vice president of finance/CFO since the inception of Froedtert & Community Health in 2001. He joined the organization in January 1993 as vice president/CFO of Froedtert Hospital. [Read More]

WOODBURY, MN: HealthEast Care System announces executive moves
HealthEast Care System has announced that Tom Schmitt will become the new CEO at Woodwinds Health Campus when Julie Schmidt moves into her new role as chief transformation officer for HealthEast. Schmitt has served as operations executive at Woodwinds for nearly five years, and will begin his term as CEO on March 22. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: DOJ's Ogrosky joins Arnold & Porter LLP
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI: St. Joseph's CEO retires, replacement named
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DETROIT: President of United Physicians joins DMC management
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