HealthLeaders Media HR - September 13, 2010 | A Better Way to Pay Hospitalists
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A Better Way to Pay Hospitalists
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Hospitalists are among the fastest growing medical specialties and a growing number of them are directly employed by hospitals.  New data confirms that moving away from straight base compensation and toward base salary and incentive packages can impact both productivity and quality in these medical professionals.[Read More]

  September 13, 2010

Editor's Picks
Sebelius Cautions Insurers on Rate Hikes
It's that magical time of year for many Americans lucky enough to have a job when the annual inflation-busting, water treading pay raise—is there is one—gets swamped by the annual health insurance premiums hike tsunami. Can anyone explain how we continue to see health insurance premiums—year in and out, in good times and bad—increase at levels thrice or higher than overall inflation? Isn't the private sector supposed to be good at cost containment? Does "cost containment" mean passing expenses along to helpless consumers who have no other options, other than dropping coverage? Where exactly is this supposed to end? At this rate in a few decades all of our money will go for insurance premiums. Just in time for the election season, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has warned health insurers that the federal government will not "stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits" on changes related to the new healthcare reform legislation. With the announcement this month by several insurers that they were sharply raising their 2011 premiums in light of anticipated costs under new healthcare reform measures, Sebelius said in a letter to Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans that HHS will be keeping track of those insurers. Those plans—or others that have "a record of unjustified rate increases"—could be excluded from health insurance exchanges when they begin operating in 2014, she said. [Read More]
Hospital Job Growth Up in August
The yo-yo of hospital sector job growth is on the upswing, for now. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show the nation's hospitals reported 8,600 payroll additions in August, the largest single month of job growth in a very erratic 2010. Hospitals shed 1,400 jobs in July, added 5,700 jobs in June, and shed 1,400 jobs in May, after creating 7,800 jobs in the first four months of the year. Job growth in the healthcare sector continues to be powered by ambulatory services, which accounted for 16,900 payroll additions in August, and 99,400 payroll additions in the first eight months of 2010. Nursing and residential care facilities reported 2,700 payroll additions, and physicians' offices reported 5,300 payroll additions.[Read More]
Executives on the Move
CHICAGO: Butler Named President of Rush University Medical Center
Peter W. Butler, executive vice president/COO of Rush University Medical Center since 2004, has been named president. He will continue in his role as COO. The announcement was made by Larry J. Goodman, MD, who will continue as Rush's CEO, president of Rush University, and president of the Rush System for Health. Goodman has been president/CEO of Rush, president of Rush University, and president of the Rush System for Health since 2002.[Read More]

McKINNEY, TX: Peek To Lead Baylor Medical Center at McKinney
Scott Peek, COO at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, has been named president of Baylor Medical Center at McKinney. The facility, which is under construction, will open in July 2012. Peek will serve double-duty, continuing his role as COO for BRMCG while also assuming the BMCM mantle until July 2011, at which point he'll dedicate 100% of his time to the new role. [Read More]

PHILADELPHIA: Jameson Named Dean at Penn School of Medicine
J. Larry Jameson, MD, has been named the next executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of Penn's School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2011. Jameson will join Penn from Northwestern University, where he has served since 2007 as vice president for medical affairs and the Lewis Landsberg Dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine.[Read More]

FRANKLIN, VA: Southhampton Memorial CEO Gets Promotion
David Fuller, CEO Southampton Memorial Hospital, is leaving Oct. 1 to accept a promotion and become the CEO at a larger hospital in Florida. Kim Marks, the current assistant CEO, will serve as interim CEO during the search for a permanent replacement. Fuller's new job is at North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, FL. The acute care hospital generates about 2½ times the net revenue of Southampton Memorial, he said. Both hospitals are operated by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. [Read More]

WAIMEA, HI: North Hawaii Community Hospital CEO Steps Aside
John R. White is resigning as CEO of North Hawaii Community Hospital on the Big Island effective Sept. 30. Hospital officials issued a prepared statement Friday saying White has decided to leave his position for "various personal and professional reasons." Before joining the privately owned Waimea hospital in April 2009, White was president and CEO of Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake, WA. Wayne Allen, North Hawaii's CFO, will serve as interim CEO while the hospital board hires a national executive search firm to find a permanent replacement for White.[Read More]

Marinette, WI: Harding to Lead Bay Area Medical Center
After more than 10 years in the Columbus area, Ed Harding, president and chief executive officer of Columbus Community Hospital, has accepted the position of president and chief executive officer of Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette. Harding will remain at CCH until Dec. 3 to facilitate planning and move forward with key strategic initiatives, including the hospital's upcoming phase three renovation project.[Read More]

GILBERT, AZ: Mercy Gilbert Medical Center Gets New HR Chief
Catholic Healthcare West has hired a new director of human resources for Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. Anita Harger, of Chandler, AZ, took the helm of Mercy Gilbert's Human Resources Department on Sept. 13. Harger is a Certified Human Resources professional with more than 13 years of managerial experience, employee relations, talent management and organizational development, most recently at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, a member of CHW. In this new role, Harger will oversee more than 2,000 employees of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.[Read More]

SHOW LOW, AZ: Summit Healthcare Names New CEO
Summit Healthcare announces the appointment of Ronald McArthur as its new CEO. He was regional vice president at Quorum Health Resources for the last 22 years, supervising 13 hospitals in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. Before that, he was CEO at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, NM, and CEO of Roosevelt General Hospital, also in New Mexico.[Read More]

AUSTIN, TX: Central Texas Medical Center CEO Steps Down
Central Texas Medical Center CEO/President Gary L. Jepson is leaving. Jepson has led the 178-bed, Adventist Health System hospital for nearly nine years. He leaves amicably, according to officials, to spend more time with his family. The hospital this year achieved a higher trauma rating and wrapped up a $36 million renovation. [Read More]

ATLANTA: WellStar CEO Fired by Board
WellStar Health System's President/ CEO Gregory Simone was fired by the system's board. Board chairman and Marietta attorney Randall Bentley said the decision was a personnel matter and provided no information on the reason for Simone's termination, which is effective immediately. Also this month, Bonnie Wilson, WellStar's executive vice president and general counsel, received notice that her contract would not be renewed. Bentley did not say if the terminations were related. Jim Budzinski, WellStar's executive vice president/CFO, was appointed acting president/ CEO. The board plans to conduct a national search for Simone's replacement, Bentley said.[Read More]

Fanfare for 'Heroic' HR
Last week, Archer Daniels Midland Company SVP of HR Michael D'Ambrose spoke at Cornell University's ILR School to professor Lisa Dragoni's introductory class on HR management. In a presentation titled "HR Heroes: The Impact of Effective HR," D'Ambrose contended that HR is a "heroic" profession that merits increased consideration, especially among the rising generation.[Read More]

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