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Let's Raise Public Awareness of Hospital Violence
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Hospitals have a lot to fret over right now. Amid staffing shortages, enhanced competition, aggressive whistleblower suits, new infections cropping up, and abrupt cuts in reimbursements, it's small wonder that hospital violence has not gotten the attention it deserves. Thankfully, this appears to be changing. [Read More]
  June 7, 2010

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Healthcare labor unrest nears boiling point
Healthcare unions are making their presence known this spring across the nation. In Minnesota and California, 24,000 nurses are preparing for a June 10 one-day walkout to protest any number of issues, from stalled contract negotiations over pensions and pay, to staffing ratios. Meanwhile, in Miami, SEIU Local 1991 President Martha Baker is complaining about a $10 million, two-year contract with PricewaterhouseCoopers that cash-strapped Jackson Health System signed, even as the union rank-and-filed agreed to a 5% pay cut. "We're going to kick in our hard-earned millions and you're giving it away like it's pennies," Baker told hospital and Miami-Dade County officials. If all of this union activity has caught you off guard, you haven't been paying attention.
Hospitals Shed 3,300 Jobs in May, Overall Healthcare Posts 8,000 Jobs
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that hospitals shed 3,300 jobs in May, even as the larger healthcare sector created 8,000 jobs. May's setback marks the first month of job losses for hospitals since April 2009, when the sector shed 1,000 jobs. I don't think we should overreact to this. First, the data is preliminary, which means that more data is coming in, and I wouldn't be surprised if the job losses are offset by other reports of hospital job growth. Secondly, hospitals and the healthcare sector continue to be one of the few bright spots for job creation in the economy, and there is nothing in our aging-and-getting-older demographic to suggest that the need for healthcare workers has peaked. We'll take another look at these figures in early July or August to see how they hold up. [Read More]
Study: Physician shortage looming
Of course this is not news, we've been writing about this for years. However, this latest Association of American Medical Colleges study is one more piece of evidence you can present to anyone living in a cave who might be in denial about the extent of the physician shortage. [Read More]
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Executives on the Move
ATLANTA: Donahue named CEO at Piedmont Hospital
Leslie "Les" A. Donahue has been named president/CEO of Piedmont Hospital, effective July 12. Donahue succeeds President/CEO Robert Maynard who is retiring after 18 years. Donahue has served as president/CEO of Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville since 2006. Previously, from 1995 to 2006 with Sentara Healthcare, in Norfolk, VA, Donahue served as CEO of two system hospitals and concurrently as a corporate vice president for Sentara. [Read More]

AUGUSTA, GA: Davis named CEO at University Health Care System
James R. Davis has assumed the position of University Health Care System president/CEO, succeeding J. Larry Read who announced his retirement in late March after 11 years in the position. Davis joined University in January 2009 as executive vice president/COO. He came to University from St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, OH, a 550-bed tertiary care hospital and part of the three-hospital Humility of Mary Health Partners system. [Read More]

WINDSOR, VT: Donovan picked to lead Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center has announced that Kevin W. Donovan of New London, NH, has been selected as the new CEO. Currently, Donovan is the senior vice president of Clinical Operations at Elliot Health System in Manchester, NH. Donovan will replace current CEO Richard Slusky, who is retiring in September. [Read More]

MIAMI: Miami Jewish Health System names new CFO
Miami Jewish Health Systems has named Lisa Jo Desmarteau as its CFO. She previously served as CFO for Joseph L. Morse Geriatric Center, a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, 280-bed long-term care facility in Palm Beach County, FL. In her new role, Desmarteau will oversee financial planning, fiscal policy, budgeting, and financial reporting for the nonprofit healthcare organization. [Read More]

GRAND BLANC, MI: Kruse named VP of Mission Integration at Genesys Health
Andy Kruse has been named Vice President of Mission Integration for Genesys Health System. He will lead mission integration activities for the organization and oversee Community Relations, Spiritual Care, WorkPlace Spirituality, the Genesys Ethics Committee, the Advocacy and Culture committee, and Community Benefits. Kruse has worked at Genesys for more than 20 years. [Read More]

NAPLES, FL: HMA names new CIO
Health Management Associates, Inc. has appointed Ken Chatfield as its new CIO effective June 1. He has served as a senior technology executive over the past 22 years and has been with several top firms; most recently with Versata Software, Inc. based in Austin, TX. [Read More]

WASHINGTON: McKesson's Nace Joins PCPCC Board
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative has announced that David K. Nace, MD, vice president and medical director for the McKesson Corp., has joined its board of directors. The PCPCC is a coalition of more than 700 organizations representing the nation's business leaders, consumers, primary care physicians, and other healthcare stakeholders who want to advance the patient-centered medical home. [Read More]

SAN FRANCISCO: Long named CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation
Peter Long has been named the new President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. Long currently serves as senior vice president for executive operations at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where he oversees activities related to U.S. global health policy. Before that, he served as a senior program officer and director of Research and Planning at The California Endowment in Los Angeles. [Read More]

NASHVILLE: HealthSpring Announces Management Changes
HealthSpring, Inc. announced that Sharad Mansukani, MD, is now vice chairman for strategic planning of the board and has ceased to be an executive officer and part-time employee. Mansukani has served on the HealthSpring board since June 2007 and, since November 2008, has served as the company's executive vice president?CSO. HealthSpring also announced that Mark A. Tulloch, executive vice president-enterprise operations, has been named COO, a title held by HealthSpring President Michael G. Mirt. [Read More]

MADISON, WI: Shorter named group chair at AHLA
Thomas N. Shorter has been appointed chair of the American Health Lawyers Association's Labor and Employment Practice Group. Shorter's one-year term will begin on June 26. Shorter served as the practice group's vice chair from 2007-2010. Shorter will focus on developing educational materials and events for members about labor and employment law in the healthcare industry. Shorter is a member of Godfrey & Kahn's Labor & Employment and Health Care Practice Groups. [Read More]

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