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Shooting Gives Hospital Violence Prime Time Attention
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

By now most readers are familiar with the murder-suicide last Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore that also left an attending physician with a serious gunshot wound to the abdomen. If any sliver of good can be plucked from this event, it may be the raising of public awareness about the extent of violence in our nation's hospitals.[Read More]

  September 20, 2010

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Baton Rouge Hospital Execs Study Lessons Learned in Shooting
This proved to be a very timely story. I had planned to speak with the folks at Baton Rouge General Medical Center about a Sept. 3 shooting there before last Thursday's murder-suicide and related gunshot wounding of a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. It was an unfortunate coincidence. I applaud BRGMC COO Edgardo Tenreiro and the leadership at the hospital for their willingness to offer a frank assessment of their reaction to the shooting—including the shortcomings. When I asked him why he was speaking with the media when many hospitals would be reluctant to do so under similar circumstances, Tenreiro said BRGMC's lessons learned needed to be shared. [Read More]
Nurses Say They Need A Break; Why Leadership Should Listen
Good and timely piece here from colleague Rebecca Hendren. If you're nurses are telling you they need a break, listen. They're probably not making it up. As Rebecca notes, there has been a spate of news articles in the last few months about nurse protests and threats of strikes. A frayed work environment lies at the heart of many of these confrontations, with a workforce that feels it is stretched too thin. Nurses are speaking up about overwork and short staffing and the effect they feel it has on patient care. [Read More]
HHS Awards $131M for Health Professions Workforce
Truth be told, $131 million is a drop in the bucket when you're talking about addressing shortfalls in the healthcare workforce. But I give the feds credit for trying. Frankly, I don't think the political climate would allow for much more funding than this. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that nearly $131 million in grants will be used to strengthen and expand the health professions workforce. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change
Hospitals are looking to employ more physicians and buy more medical groups; at the same time, hospitals are receiving an increase in inquiries from physician groups for employment. But this marriage is not without trepidation. Elements of payment reform are expected to put considerable strain on hospital-physician relations. In this exclusive, original research and analysis, we find out what 258 healthcare executives and clinical leaders think about these topics and more. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center announced the appointment of Steven Shapiro, MD, to the newly created role of chief medical and scientific officer. As a member of UPMC's executive team, Shapiro will provide medical leadership for a wide range of quality improvement, patient safety, and care management initiatives that further the development of innovative, high-quality, and cost-effective treatments across UPMC. Shapiro also will spearhead scientific investigations into new models for understanding and addressing aggressive disease while minimizing over-diagnosis and over-treatment. Shapiro currently is the Jack D. Myers Professor of Medicine and chair, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Before joining UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, he was the Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Shapiro will remain as chair of Pitt's Department of Medicine while the search proceeds for his successor. [Read More]

BURLINGTON, MA: Lahey Clinic Names New President/CEO
Lahey Clinic's board has selected Howard R. Grant, MD, to be Lahey's next president/CEO. Grant, currently executive vice president/CMO at Geisinger Health System, will succeed David M. Barrett, MD, who has led the Clinic since 1999. [Read More]

GAINESVILLE: Flynn Named CMO at Shands UF
Timothy C. Flynn, MD, has been named senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Florida College of Medicine and CMO for Shands at UF. As the Shands at UF chief medical officer, Flynn will have a reporting relationship to Shands CEO Timothy Goldfarb. He will join the hospital's senior management team.[Read More]

INDIANAPOLIS: Dulberger Named CEO/CMO at Clarian Saxony Medical Center.
Clarian Health has named Philip M. Dulberger, MD, CEO/CMO for Clarian Saxony Medical Center. Dulberger, an anesthesiologist, was hired by Clarian Health in 2006 to lead the development of a hospital centered on the concepts of healing and wellness, later named Clarian Saxony Medical Center. [Read More]

POINT PLEASANT, WV: Pleasant Valley Hospital CEO Takes HealthSouth Job W
Pleasant Valley Hospital has announced that CEO Alvin R. Lawson has accepted the job of CEO of HealthSouth Western Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, in Parkersburg, WV. Lawson will begin work at HealthSouth in October.[Read More]

SILVERTON, OR: Cagen Named VP/Administrator at Silverton Hospital
Rick Cagen, former CEO/administrator of Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, has been named the new vice president and administrator of Silverton Hospital, effective Oct. 1. Cagen brings more than 30 years of experience as a top-level health care executive, according to a news release from Silverton Hospital Network. Cagen, 59, served as CEO and administrator of Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland beginning in 2008 and he held top leadership positions for six years at Providence Health & Services in Oregon.[Read More]

NORFOLK, VA: Donigan Named CEO at ValueOptions
ValueOptions, Inc., the nation's largest independent behavioral healthcare company, announced that Heyward Donigan will succeed Barbara Hill as the company's next CEO. Since 2003, Donigan has served as executive vice president of Premera Blue Cross, the largest insurer in Washington and Alaska with more than $3 billion in annual revenue. Hill will continue as an advisor to the company until the end of the year.[Read More]

ROSEVILLE, CA: Adventist Health COO Dodds Announces Retirement
At a recent board of directors meeting, Larry D. Dodds announced he would retire from his role as executive vice president/COO of Adventist Health in May 2011, ending his nearly 40-year career with the health system.[Read More]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Migliori Named to Children's Hospitals Board
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota announced it has named Richard Migliori, MD, UnitedHealth Group executive vice president/CMO, to its board of directors. Migliori has more than 20 years of experience in the health care sector and has been a national leader in health care policy. [Read More]

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO: Reliant Healthcare Names New CEO
Reliant Healthcare Professionals, Inc. operating as FASTAFF Travel Nursing and U.S. Nursing Corp., announced Kay Cowling has been named CEO. Cowling comes to Reliant from MSC Care Management, where she was senior vice president. Before that, she was CEO of ATS Health Services.[Read More]

CORDELE, AL: Gautney Named CEO of Crisp Regional Health Services
Steven L. Gautney, the president of Citizens Baptist Medical Center in Talladega, AL, has been named CEO of Crisp Regional Health Services. Gautney will assume his new duties Oct. 1. Retired CEO Wayne Martin has filled the position on an interim basis since January of 2010 when he returned following the resignation of Skip Wright. Gautney has been in his present position at Citizens Baptist Medical Center for 10 years.[Read More]

WEST CHESTER, OH: Joseph Named CEO at West Chester Hospital
West Chester Hospital, formerly West Chester Medical Center, has named Kevin Joseph, MD, as its new CEO. He has served as interim CEO since May. Joseph took the position formerly held by Carol King under the Health Alliance. West Chester Hospital is owned by UC Health, a physician-led medical group. Joseph had previously served as director of emergency services at West Chester Medical Center and also will serve as senior vice president for UC Health.[Read More]

BINGHAM FARMS, MI: Williams Named CEO at United Physicians
United Physicians' Board of Directors elected Michael Williams, MD as president/CEO of Michigan's largest independent physician organization. Before his appointment as President/CEO, Williams served as a United Physicians board member for nine years. Williams is also assuming the role of president/CEO of Premier Physicians Network (PPN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Physicians. Premier Physicians Network is a multispecialty group of 1,429 physicians who participate in HMO risk contracts.[Read More]

BEAUFORT, SC: BRHS names interim CFO
A 30-year veteran of hospital financial operations has been named interim CFO for Beaufort Regional Health Systems. Richard A. Reif, former associate vice president and financial analyst for the Charlotte operations of Quorum Health Resources, was named to the post. Reif succeeds Chris Riggs, who resigned Sept. 10 to accept a position with New Hanover Regional Health Systems as CFO for Pender Memorial Hospital in Burgaw.[Read More]

DALLAS & JACKSONVILLE, FL: US Preventive Medicine Names CFO
U.S. Preventive Medicine, Inc. has named Craig Niemiec executive vice president/CFO. Previously CFO of McKesson Technology Solutions, a subsidiary of McKesson Corporation, Niemiec will be responsible for all financial and management reporting across the U.S. and international operations of the company. [Read More]

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