HealthLeaders Media HR - June 21, 2010 | Hospitals, Healthcare Sector 'Walk The Talk' With Wellness Programs
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Hospitals, Healthcare Sector 'Walk The Talk' With Wellness Programs
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Just a few years ago, the healthcare sector lagged behind the rest of the economy on healthy workplace issues such as smoking cessation and weight-loss counseling. Not any more. [Read More]
  June 21, 2010

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One of Every Nine Workers Has A Job Because of Hospitals
Here's an interesting piece that demonstrates that hospitals are more than places of healing in many communities. Often, they are among the largest employers in their area and an economic engine. That's according to a new report from the American Hospital Association, which says that one in every nine jobs in the U.S. is due to the existence of hospitals. In addition:
  • Hospitals are the second largest source of private sector jobs.
  • Hospitals spend about $320 billion on goods and services from other businesses.
  • Hospitals create $2 trillion of economic activity or "ripple" effect.
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Hospital Wants to Fire Hospital Workers for Privacy Breaches on Social Media
Ordinarily, I'd be the first person to applaud a hospital that fires employees for patient privacy breaches. However, in this case, there are too many unanswered questions. Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, CA, wants to fire five employees and has disciplined a sixth for using "social media to post their personal discussions concerning hospital patients." However, the hospital admits it has found no evidence that patient names, photographs, or other information was posted on Facebook. Tri-City also has not specified the information these six employees allegedly shared on the website. What's going on here? If the hospital can't find any evidence of HIPAA violations or other confidentiality breaches—which should be relatively easy to do on social media—it doesn't sound like they have much of a case. [Read More]
New Hampshire AG Reviews CEO Salaries at Nonprofit Hospitals
Expect to see more of these types of investigations in the near future. Executives at nonprofit hospitals in New Hampshire are bracing for a skirmish after Attorney General Michael Delaney announced plans to review hospital CEO salaries. Delaney said last month that his office would reject the planned acquisition of Catholic Medical Center in Manchester by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. His report noted that Catholic Medical Center President-CEO Alyson Pitman-Giles—who made $1.36 million in 2009—received a significantly larger compensation package than her peers. On the bright side, if you think you've got it rough as a hospital CEO, imagine the scrutiny that compensation packages for health insurance executives will receive later this year, right before an election, and right as the public sees their health insurance costs go up about 9%. [Read More]
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Executives on the Move
SYRACUSE: CEO Pasinski to step down at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center has announced that Theodore M. Pasinski will step down as CEO/president, effective Dec. 31. Pasinski has been employed at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center since 1974. Beginning in 1994, he became president/CEO. [Read More]

MINNEAPOLIS: UnitedHealth Group Appoints VP of Social Responsibility
UnitedHealth Group has announced that Kate Rubin will join the company June 28 as vice president of social responsibility for UnitedHealth Group and will become executive director of United Health Foundation. Rubin most recently served as president/CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association. [Read More]

CHICAGO: HIMSS Names VP for Organizational Services
HIMSS has promoted John Hoyt to the position of executive vice president, organizational services, effective June 14. Hoyt will also serve as the executive head for HIMSS Analytics. Hoyt joined HIMSS in 2008 as vice president of healthcare organization services, where he led the HIMSS organizational affiliate program. In his new role, he will be responsible for providing executive leadership and direction to HIMSS Analytics and other HIMSS departments focused on services for companies and organizations. [Read More]

UPLAND, PA: Gavin Named President of Crozer-Chester MC
Patrick J. Gavin is the new president of 343-bed Crozer-Chester Medical Center, succeeding Joseph Saunders, who retired in May. Gavin most recently served as executive vice president and COO of Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, PA. He previously held leadership roles with Chilton Memorial Hospital, Pompton Plains, NJ; Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia; and Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA. [Read More]

HARLINGEN, TX: Adams Named CEO at Valley Baptist Health Center
William D. Adams has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Valley Baptist Health Center in Harlingen, TX. Adams is returning to Harlingen from Charleston, WV, where he was vice president and administrator for Charleston Area Medical Center's Memorial Hospital for the past five and a half years. Previously, Adams worked at Valley Baptist in Harlingen for 21 years. [Read More]

SALT LAKE CITY: Betz to Retire as CEO of University of Utah Health Care
After 11 years at the University of Utah, Lorris Betz, MD, has announced his intention to retire as senior vice president for health sciences and CEO of University of Utah Health Care, as soon as his replacement can be found. University officials say the search could take as long as one year. A search committee will be drawn from the university's health sciences, and from its Council of Academic Deans, department chairs from the School of Medicine, healthcare faculty and students, and from community boards associated with the University. [Read More]

FORT WAYNE, IN: Gabriel named COO at Parkview Whitley Hospital
Scott Gabriel has been named COO at Parkview Whitley Hospital. Gabriel has 16 years of experience in healthcare. He most recently served as vice president of operations at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru, IN. Gabriel has also held leadership positions at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, OH, and Trident Health System in Charleston, SC. Gabriel will begin his new duties on June 28. [Read More]

TRAVERSE CITY, MI: Munson Healthcare Names New COO
Senior Vice President Kathleen McManus, RN, was promoted to executive vice president and COO for Munson Medical Center. She began her career at Munson Medical Center in February 1992 as director of Radiology Services, and was promoted to director of Imaging and Cardiac Services at Munson in February 1997. She became the vice president for outreach and network development in August 1999, and senior vice president in December 2009. [Read More]

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