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Bleak Physician Recruitment News for Smaller Markets, Independent Practices
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Troubling yet predictable findings emerge from the 2010 Review of Physician Recruiting Incentives, the annual survey from physician recruiters Merritt Hawkins/AMN Healthcare, which reflects the market realities of the past year for healthcare in a down economy. [Read More]
  July 12, 2010

Editor's Picks
Lifesaving drugs may be killing health workers
Here's an excellent piece from The Seattle Times/InvestigateWest about the dangers posed to healthcare professionals who are in regular contact with toxins such as the agents used in chemotherapy. The story points out that the Occupational Safety and Health Association does not regulate exposure to these toxins in the workplace, despite multiple studies documenting ongoing contamination and exposures. A just-completed study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control—10 years in the making and the largest to date—confirms that chemo continues to contaminate the work spaces where it's used and in some cases is still being found in the urine of those who handle it, despite knowledge of safety precautions. I suspect we are going to hear more about this topic in the coming weeks and months. [Read More]
North Shore-LIJ Requires New Nurses to Have BSN
Nursing shortage! What nursing shortage? North Shore?LIJ Health System says that starting Sept. 1 it will require newly hired nurses to either hold a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree or earn one within five years. Michael Dowling, president/CEO of the Great Neck, NY?based 15?hospital health system, said the new requirement—the first of its kind for any hospital in New York State—is based on research that links higher levels of nursing education to improved quality outcomes, lower mortality, and fewer adverse events. This is an admirable stance, considering that the competition for competent nurses in this country is intensifying. I can only infer from these higher standards that the New York City area is awash with quality healthcare professionals, and that the clinician shortage that has hindered much of the rest of the nation isn't in effect here. [Read More]
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Executives on the Move
PHILADELPHIA: Weinberger Named CEO at ACP
Steven E. Weinberger, MD, has been appointed executive vice president/CEO of the American College of Physicians, effective July 19. Weinberger will succeed John Tooker, MD, who announced his intention to step down as executive vice president/CEO in October 2009. Tooker will assume the position of associate executive vice president for one year and will assist with the transition.[Read More]

DETROIT: Eadie Named President of Detroit Receiving Hospital
Reginald J. Eadie, MD, an emergency medicine doctor, will be the next president of Detroit Receiving Hospital at the Detroit Medical Center, effective July 26. He succeeds Iris Taylor, who was appointed chief business officer at the DMC last month. Eadie joined the DMC in April 2008 as vice president of medical affairs at Harper University and Hutzel Women's hospitals. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: Gregg elected chair at AHIP
America's Health Insurance Plans has announced that Vicky Gregg, president/CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has been elected as the new chair of the board of directors. She will serve as the Board Chair for the 12-month period that began on July 1. Before becoming CEO, Gregg occupied several senior leadership positions in BCBST, including president/COO. Before joining BCBST, she worked for 10 years for Humana Health Plans, where she oversaw operations, strategic development, acquisition, and health plan service area expansion.[Read More]

JACKSON, TN: Jackson Surgical Associates Names Medical Director
Jackson Surgical Assistants announced that Sidney Funk, MD, a board certified OB-GYN has been named medical director. Funk will be responsible for leading JSA's clinical operations as the company implements its practice management solution in hospitals.[Read More]

AUGUSTA, GA: Belkoski Named EVP for University Health Care System
David A. Belkoski has been named executive vice president for University Health Care System. He will assume additional responsibilities while continuing to serve as CFO. Belkoski, a CPA, joined University in 1999 as vice president of finance. He was named CFO in July 2007.[Read More]

NORTON, VA: Norton Community Hospital Names New CEO
Norton Community Hospital has named Mark T. Leonard its new CEO. Leonard previously served as president and CEO of WestCare Health System in Sylva, NC, where he was responsible for the leadership and operations of the $100 million net revenue healthcare provider.[Read More]

HARTFORD, CT: Burke Named CNO at St. Francis Hospital and MC
Rebecca Burke, RN, has been named senior vice president for patient care services/CNO at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Burke will be responsible for the delivery of patient care and the administrative direction of all nursing personnel at Saint Francis and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital. Burke most recently served as senior vice president for patient care services and CNO at The Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI.[Read More]

TAMPA: Wehr named CMO at WellCare Health Plans Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. has named Ann O. Wehr, MD, as its news CMO. Wehr will report to the chief executive officer and lead the Company's medical affairs initiatives and health policy strategy. Most recently, Wehr was president/CEO of Molina Healthcare of New Mexico.[Read More]

SARASOTA: Sarasota Memorial Health Care Announces Executive Appointments
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System recently appointed a new COO and interim CFO. David Verinder, who has served as the health system's CFO since 2006, was named COO. William Woeltjen, who previously served as treasurer for Sarasota Memorial, was named interim CFO. Before joining the health system in 2007, Woeltjen, a CPA was corporate CFO for University Community Health in Tampa.[Read More]

CAMBRIDGE, MA: Keefe Named Chair of MHA
Dennis D. Keefe, CEO of Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard-affiliated public healthcare system, has been named the 70th Chair of the Massachusetts Hospital Association Board of Trustees. He succeeds Ellen Zane, CEO of Tufts Medical Center, who held the one-year post from June 2009. [Read More]

From HealthLeaders Magazine
Taking On the Cost Drivers

While most expense categories are unavoidable, there are ways to reduce costs. [Read More]
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