HealthLeaders Media HR - August 02, 2010 | Bay State Addresses Nurse Safety, But Is It Enough?
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Bay State Addresses Nurse Safety, But Is It Enough?
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick this summer signed into law a bill that stiffens criminal penalties for those who assault on-duty nurses and other healthcare providers.[Read More]

  August 02, 2010

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ED Interpreters Improve Physician, Patient Satisfaction
A new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine suggests that professional on-site interpreters in the emergency department greatly improve patient and physician satisfaction, and might improve efficiencies and outcomes. "The magnitude of the difference was striking: Patients who had professional in-person interpreters were four times more likely to be satisfied than patients who didn't," said Ann Bagchi, of Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, the lead author of Examining Effectiveness of Medical Interpreters in Emergency Departments for Spanish-Speaking Patients with Limited English Proficiency: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. "The results were the same for physicians and nurses, which could be important for reducing staff burnout and errors. The improved quality of care can also reduce the likelihood that a patient will return to the ER for the same health problem," Bagchi says. [Read More]
Physician Compensation Up for 3 in 4 Specialties
In 2009, 76% of all specialties saw an increase in compensation, with the overall weighted average increase of approximately 3.4%. The primary care specialties' (excluding hospitalists) average compensation increase was about 3.8%, according to the American Medical Group Association's 2010 Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey. Other medical specialties had on average a 2.4% increase, and surgical specialties had a 3.8% average increase. "The modest increases seen this year reflect the negative impact of declining reimbursements, competition for specialists, the cost of new technology, and other factors on practice revenues in most parts of the country," says AMGA President and CEO Donald Fisher. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
MIAMI: Stein Named International Division VP at Baptist Health South Florida
Michael A. Stein has been named corporate vice president of the International Division for Baptist Health South Florida. He succeeds Allen Brenteson, who is retiring. Stein will direct Baptist Health's international services program, which is one of the largest in the country. Some 12,000 patients, primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean, come to Baptist Health facilities annually for treatment. Before joining Baptist Health, Stein was at Korn/Ferry International, an executive recruitment firm. He also worked with Hilton International PLC as a vice president for its Latin America division.[Read More]

CHICAGO: Polonsky Named EVP of Medical Affairs at U. Chicago
Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, a prominent diabetes researcher, physician and educator, has been appointed dean of the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Chicago, effective Oct.1. Polonsky has served as the Adolphus Busch Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis and physician-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital since 1999. Before that he was a professor of medicine and section chief of endocrinology at the University of Chicago, where he joined the faculty in 1981.[Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: Sullivan Named President of Washington Hospital Center
John Sullivan was named the new president of Washington Hospital Center, effective July 26. Sullivan succeeds M. Joy Drass, MD, who took the helm on June 19, as acting president until the Hospital Center's new president was appointed. Drass currently serves as MedStar Health's executive vice president of Operations for the Washington Region. Sullivan spent the past five years with the Sisters of Mercy Health System in Chesterfield, MO, as CEO, and before that as the COO. Before joining Mercy, he served as the executive vice president of the Loyola University Health System in Chicago, for six years, and held several executive roles within Chicago's Resurrection Health Care in the 1990s.[Read More]

JACKSONVILLE: Welling is New Commander at Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Capt. Bruce Gillingham, USN, last week turned over command of Naval Hospital Jacksonville and its six branch medical clinics to Capt. Lynn Welling. Gillingham will go on to serve as fleet surgeon for the Commander, United States Pacific Fleet. Welling, a naval aviator-turned-surgeon, was most recently returned in deployment as a commanding officer for a medical facility in Kuwait. During Gillingham's tenure, NHJ added several quality improvement initiatives and opened a $35.8 million addition to the hospital.[Read More]

TAMPA: Love Named President of Humana's Florida Operations
Tim Love has been named president of Humana's Florida commercial operations. Love will be responsible for overall commercial operations statewide, as well as developing and implementing strategic objectives, according to a news release. It's a newly created role, and Love will be based in Tampa. Love was Humana's South Florida commercial market president for the past two years. Before joining Humana in 2008, he was president of Harborside Mortgage of Florida for seven years. He also held senior sales and marketing positions for seven years at United Healthcare of Florida in Tampa.[Read More]

Baltimore: VA Maryland Health Care System Names Associate Finance Director
David P. Cord has been appointed as the associate director for finance for the VA Maryland Health Care System effective Aug. 1. Before his appointment, Cord served as the associate director at the VA Medical Center in Wilmington, DE. As the associate director for finance, Cord is responsible for the VA Maryland Health Care System's annual budget of approximately $460 million. Additionally, he oversees the day-to-day operations of Finance and Accounting, Human Resources Management, Canteen and Medical Administrative Services, as well as the Medical Cost Collection Fund and Decision Support Offices for the healthcare system.[Read More]

LAKE SUCCESS, NY: North Shore-LIJ Recruits Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
North Shore-LIJ Health System has appointed Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, as chief diversity and inclusion officer, and medical director of the health system's corporate university?the Center for Learning and Innovation in Lake Success. Mieres will provide strategic vision and leadership on diversity and inclusion activities for the health system's 15 hospitals and other facilities, as well as the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. She will also serve as North Shore-LIJ's liaison for diversity initiatives to membership organizations, government entities and other healthcare organizations.[Read More]

MIAMI: Powell Joins Miami Children's as CMIO
Thomas Powell, MD, has joined Miami Children's Hospital as the new chief medical information officer and director of medical informatics. As CMIO, Powell will focus on the optimization of clinical processes, utilizing available technology and information science. He will advise, educate, and advocate for MCH's clinical staff as they embrace a changing clinical and technological landscape. Before coming to MCH, Powell was the director of anesthesia informatics and the assistant medical director of perioperative medicine at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.[Read More]
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