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With Healthcare Reform the Law of the Land, Now Comes the Learning Curve
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

After more than one year of bitter, partisan and often insipid fighting, the healthcare reform legislation that President Barack Obama signed last week is now the law of the land. Get ready for the mother of all learning curves, as Congress—one of the nation's least trusted entities (along with bankers and journalists)—passes its handiwork to the nation's most trusted professionals: healthcare workers. [Read More]
  March 29, 2010

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Hospital Deals are Part of Growing Consolidation Trend, Say Analysts
It's unclear whether the two deals this month in which for-profit entities purchased nonprofit hospitals are a direct reaction to health reform. But several analysts say they expect similar deals in coming months as hospitals try to position themselves better to negotiate for insurance contracts and attract physicians in a difficult economic climate. To succeed in a health reform world, hospitals will need to make investments in quality, safety, and electronic records, and work harder for effective and lucrative partnerships with their physicians. [Read More]
Sisters of Mercy Cuts 226 Positions Across Four States
Sisters of Mercy Health System has announced the elimination of 226 positions across the four-state region it serves as part of a system-wide restructuring. The layoffs affect 89 leadership positions and 137 "co-worker roles," which represent less than 1% of Mercy's 36,000 employees, said the Chesterfield, MO-based health system. Meanwhile, new Bureau of Labor Statistics data for January and February show that hospital mass layoffs impacting 50 or more jobs are maintaining the pace set in 2009, a year that ended with a record 152 mass layoffs affecting more than 13,000 hospital jobs. And an informal HealthLeaders Media Internet search has found at least 10 instances of mass layoffs involving 50 or more jobs so far in March, including the Mercy layoffs. [Read More]
Primary Care Docs Concerned About How to Care for 32 Million Newly Insured
It's already hard enough to find a primary care physician, and the new health reforms that provide 32 million Americans with health insurance aren't going to make it easier. Even the most ardent supporters of the sweeping reforms that President Obama signed into law last week acknowledge that the nation's shortage of primary care physicians is a serious obstacle toward improving access. Leaders of two primary care physicians' organizations say new practice techniques, technologies, efficiencies, and an emphasis on wellness and prevention will help mitigate many access issues in the coming years. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
WASHINGTON, DC: Berwick to be next CMS Administrator
Don Berwick, a Harvard trained pediatrician who is founder and president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, may soon take the helm of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. [Read More]

NEW YORK: Nagler Named President of Beth Israel MC
Harris M. Nagler, MD, has been appointed president of Beth Israel Medical Center by the board of trustees of the hospital and its parent company, Continuum Health Partners. He had been serving as interim president of the hospital for the past year. Nagler will continue to serve as chairman of the Sol and Margaret Berger Department of Urology, a position he has held since joining Beth Israel in 1989, until a replacement is identified for that position. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: Mfume named executive leader of National Medical Association
Former U.S. Congressman Kweisi Mfume will take the helm of the nation's oldest and largest medical association representing the more than 30,000 physicians of African descent and their patients, effective March 29. Mfume spent nine years leading the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, where he established the organization's first National Office of Health Advocacy to educate and advocate on behalf of access and affordability in healthcare. [Read More]

LAKE NONA, FL: Oxendale named CEO at Nemours Children's Hospital
Roger Oxendale has been named CEO of Nemours Children's Hospital and will be joining the organization in April. This is a new leadership position for the integrated pediatric facility, under construction at the Lake Nona Medical Campus near Orlando, FL. He will also serve as a Nemours Senior Vice President. Before joining Nemours, Oxendale was CEO of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and president of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. [Read More]

JACKSONVILLE, FL: New Baptist Health Foundation Board members named
Mac Holley, Dennis Blackburn, Joseph Thompson, and Neal Von Stein are newly elected officers of the Board of Trustees of Baptist Health Foundation. Chairman Holley is president/CEO at Florida Capital Bank of Northeast Florida. Vice Chairman Blackburn is the managing member of Blackburn & Company. Joe Thompson is the managing principal at Gresham, Smith and Partners. Von Stein has been a member of the Board since 2005. He is managing partner at LBA Certified Accountants. The Baptist Health Foundation announced four new trustees to the Board: Stacy Berg, Gerald Kunkle, Robin Sorensen, and Mary Pietan. [Read More]

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL: Holy Cross, Mercy Hospitals announce promotions
John C. Johnson has been named to a new regional position where he will assume responsibilities for more Catholic Health East hospitals. Effective May 1, Johnson will be executive vice president, Ministry Operations for CHE. He will be responsible for mergers and acquisitions for the CHE system. Johnson has served as president and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital since 1998 and of Mercy Hospital since 2008. Holy Cross Hospital Executive Vice President/COO Patrick Taylor, MD, has been promoted to president/CEO of Holy Cross Hospital. Mercy Hospital COO Manuel P. Anton III, MD, has been promoted to president/CEO of Mercy. Both promotions are effective May 1. [Read More]

OAK BROOK, IL: JCR names new board members
Joint Commission Resources has announced the appointments of healthcare executives John Babiarz and J. Thornton Kirby as members of its Board of Directors. JCR is a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission. Babiarz is group president of ARAMARK Healthcare Management Services. Kirby is president/CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association. [Read More]

HARRISON, AR: NARMC's Senior VP/COO resigns
Pete Leer, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center's senior VP/COO, has resigned. Leer has been offered an opportunity with Cox Health as their vice-president of clinical services, with responsibilities for all surgical services, and will leave NARMC mid-April. Leer's last scheduled work day will mark the end of his third year at the hospital. [Read More]

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