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Checking Up on Healthcare Diversity
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Where are you with healthcare diversity? Is your hospital or provider workplace hiring healthcare professionals who are representative of your patient demographic? Could a person who doesn't speak English, or who might have other cultural, physical, or emotional barriers, receive quality care at your facility?

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  August 09, 2010

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Hospitals Cut Jobs in July, Fed Data Shows
The job creation roller coaster ride continues for the nation's hospitals. Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data show that hospitals shed 2,300 jobs in July, after reporting 3,000 payroll additions in June, which followed 1,400 reductions in May. BLS information from June and July is considered preliminary and may be considerably revised in the coming months. Hospitals have reported 15,200 payroll additions in the first seven months of 2010, compared with 6,500 payroll additions in the first seven months of 2009, according to BLS data and revised preliminary data. Hospitals last reported sustained payroll reductions in 2000, when 2,200 jobs were lost between January and April, BLS data show. [Read More]
Internists' Salaries Rise, Surgeons' Continue to Fall
A number of studies and surveys from a variety of sources are showing what most of us already know: primary care physicians are in high demand. Even though primary care physicians remain among the lowest-paid specialists, they are also enjoying the highest compensation increases, averaging 6.6% when measured as a percentage of salary. Radiologists and anesthesiologists remain among the best paid physicians, but internists received large pay increases in the past year, according to the 2010 Physician's Salary Survey. Also see: Physician Compensation Up for 3 in 4 Specialties , Six steps to a successful physician salary negotiation , and AUDIO: Physicians: Reimbursement and Retention. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
GREENSBORO, NC: Moses Cone Introduces New Executives
Moses Cone Health System has announced three executive appointments. Judy Schanel has been named president, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, and executive vice president, Moses Cone Health System. Schanel succeeds Tom Gettinger, who left in May to take a position with WakeMed in Raleigh, NC. Schanel joined Moses Cone Health System as part of the Health Services Division in 2002. Brian Romig has been named vice president of pharmacy and Supply Chain Management for Moses Cone Health System. Romig has been the executive director of pharmacy with the health system. Ken Boggs has been named CFO/treasurer of Moses Cone Health System. Boggs was promoted from vice president of supply chain. [Read More]

JACKSONVILLE: Bender Named Global Medical Director at US Preventive Medicine
U.S. Preventive Medicine, Inc., has appointed Joel Bender, MD, as the company's global medical director. Previously, Bender served as corporate director of global health services for the General Motors, where he directed health management programs for more than a million GM employees and their family members.[Read More]

Williamston, NC: Martin General Hospital Names New CEO
Carolinas Hospital System's COO Jodi Beauregard has been named CEO of Martin General Hospital in Williamston, NC. The hospital, which is close to Nags Head on the Outer Banks, and Carolinas are owned by Community Health Systems.[Read More]

CLINTON, OH: Choo named CMH president/CEO
Michael Choo, MD, has been named president/CEO of Clinton Memorial Hospital Regional Health System. Choo has served as CMH's interim president and CEO since Dec. 1, 2009, when he replaced Andy Riddell, who has retired. The selection of Choo to the position was decided by a unanimous vote by the board of trustees on July 28, said Bob Wagenseller, chairman of the CMH board. Choo has been a member of the CMH medical staff since 1992 and served as president since January 2007. He has more than 19 years of clinical, business, and hospital experience in his past role as president and CEO of Professional Emergency Specialists of Southern Ohio (PESSO), the physician provider for Emergency Services at Clinton Memorial Hospital.[Read More]

PORT CLINTON, OH: Long appointed CEO of Magruder Hospital
Magruder Hospital's Board of Trustees has appointed Michael E. Long as the hospital's new president/CEO. The appointment was made following the board's accepted resignation of the hospital's former President/CEO Cliff Harmon in June.[Read More]

COLUMBIA, SC: BCBS of South Carolina Names New Actuarial Chief
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has promoted William R. Shrader to senior vice president for Actuarial Services, Economics and Health Care Regulation. Previously, Shrader was vice president of Actuarial Services.[Read More]

Philadelphia: Independence Blue Cross Names VP of Account Management
Independence Blue Cross has named Susan Larkin vice president of Account Management. She reports to Linda Taylor, senior vice president and chief marketing executive, and will lead a seasoned team that focuses on account management and retention for existing IBC accounts. Most recently, Larkin was vice president at Gallagher Benefits Services, the employee benefits division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.[Read More]

DAYTON, OH: Premier Health Partners CEO Breitenbach to Retire
Thomas G. Breitenbach, who played a critical role in forging the city's largest employer, Premier Health Partners, will end his tenure as its first CEO at the end of the year, the health network confirmed. James Pancoast, Premier's president/COO, has been named Breitenbach's successor, effective Jan. 1. A 63-year-old native of Cincinnati, Breitenbach has been at the helm of Premier, now an organization of more than 14,000 people, since Miami Valley and Good Samaritan hospitals joined forces in 1995 to create the health network. [Read More]

BRIDGEPORT, CT: Jennings to Lead Bridgeport Hospital William M. Jennings, president/CEO of SSM St. Mary's Health Center in St. Louis, has been appointed to replace Bridgeport Hospital President/CEO Robert Trefry, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Jennings, 43, was found after a nationwide search and will assume his new duties Oct. 1. Trefry will step down in September.[Read More]

SYRACUSE: Ruscitto named president/CEO at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
Kathryn Howe Ruscitto was appointed president/CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center. On Jan. 1, Ruscitto will replace retiring President/CEO Theodore M. Pasinski. Ruscitto has been employed with the hospital since 2001. She has served as the hospital's senior vice president for strategic, development, and governmental affairs and executive vice president.[Read More]

MILWAUKEE: Jacobson Named EVP at Froedtert & Community Health
Catherine Jacobson will join the Froedtert & Community Health senior management team as executive vice president for finance and strategy, chief financial and strategy officer on Sept. 1. Jacobson is now senior vice president for strategic planning and finance/CFO at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Blaine O'Connell, senior vice president of finance/CFO for Froedtert & Community Health, announced his plans to retire at the end of the year.[Read More]
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