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St. Joseph Employees Donate Paid Time Off to Worthy Charities
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

St. Joseph Health System in Orange, CA, has created a new program that allows employees to donate the cash equivalent of their paid time off (PTO) to charity. The PTO Donation Program was launched in March at the behest of employees to help the people of earthquake-stricken Haiti. So far, it has raised about $25,000. [Read More]
  June 14, 2010

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SSM Health Care has named Judy Dungan director of Public Policy for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Dungan will work with local, state, and federal officials on legislative and regulatory issues affecting children's healthcare, as well as general governmental issues affecting the SSM-St. Louis network. She most recently worked in the office of Sen. Christopher Bond (D-CT) as regional director. [Read More]

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