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ACP Offers Ethical Guidelines for Wellness Program Incentives
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The American College of Physicians is offering ethical guidelines for using incentives to promote personal responsibility for health. While the position paper specifically examines a Medicaid pilot project in West Virginia, much of it can be applied to private sector wellness programs. If you're running a wellness program at your organization, this is must reading.[Read More]

  September 27, 2010

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Janitor Sells Patient Records for $40
How embarrassing! This story illustrates how respecting the sanctity of patient records should be deeply ingrained—from top-to-bottom—by everyone collecting a paycheck at your healthcare workplace. Of course, the vast, vast majority of healthcare professionals and support staff understand this. Unfortunately, it is difficult to protect your records from an employee who is determined to access them or use them inappropriately. Maybe the janitor accused of felony charges in this story didn't realize the magnitude of his alleged theft. Maybe he didn't care. Regardless, does employee awareness of patient confidentiality extend to your environmental staff? Don't let someone else's embarrassment go to waste. Post this story on the break room bulletin board to remind employees about the importance of patient confidentiality, and the repercussions for the individual and the institution if that confidence is violated. [Read More]
Nursing Ranks, Employment Growing
The number of licensed registered nurses nationwide grew 5% to a new annual high of 3.1 million between 2004 and 2008—representing a net growth of 153,806 nurses, according to a report released by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The youngest population of nurses also grew for the first time in 30 years, which helped "restock the pool" of RNs. An estimated 444,668 RNs received their first U.S. license from 2004 through 2008, while about 291,000 RNs allowed their licenses to lapse, possibly indicating the substantial number of retirements that have begun to take place. The most commonly reported initial nursing education of RNs is the associate degree in nursing, representing 45.4% of nurses. Bachelor's or graduate degrees were received by 34.2% of RNs, and 20.4% received their initial education in hospital-based diploma programs. Nearly two-thirds of RNs reported working in a health occupation prior to their initial nursing education. [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
NASHVILLE: Vanderbilt Children's CEO Takes Post at Nemours
Vanderbilt is losing the boss of its Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital to a Delaware-based pediatric health system. On Dec. 1, Kevin Churchwell, MD, will join the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, as CEO. He also will be senior vice president with the Nemours system, overseeing patient operations for the Delaware Valley that includes its clinics in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. His departure represents the latest management turnover for Vanderbilt's children's hospital, which during the past two years has lost several members of the management team that had opened its new building —including some who took what they perceived as higher-profile jobs. [Read More]

HARRISBURG, PA: PA Health Secretary Takes Job with U. Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania's Health Secretary Everette James will resign effective Oct. 1 to accept the newly created position of associate vice chancellor for health policy and planning at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. During his two years leading the Department of Health, James has overseen an agency that is responsible for regulating all hospitals, nursing homes and managed care plans in Pennsylvania. Under his leadership, the department implemented the statewide smoking ban and instituted the most comprehensive program in the nation to eliminate healthcare-associated infections. The new HAI law, known as Act 52, was a centerpiece of Governor Ed Rendell's Prescription for Pennsylvania healthcare reform.[Read More]

CINCINNATI: Gibler named president/CEO of UC Health University Hospital
W. Brian Gibler, MD, has been appointed the new president/CEO of University Hospital and senior vice president of UC Health. James Kingsbury, who himself was appointed president and CEO of UC Health in August, appointed Gibler Sept. 20, and the appointment will be effective Oct. 1. Gibler has been a practicing clinician and medical teacher since 1981, and has been with UC since 1989. Before that, he worked for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN.[Read More]

CRESTVIEW, FL: North Okaloosa MC Names New CEO
North Okaloosa Medical Center will soon be under new leadership. David Fuller will take over as chief executive officer on Oct. 4. He will replace former CEO David Sanders who left Sept. 3 to assume the top spot at Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, GA. Fuller comes from Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, VA, where he has served as CEO since 2007.[Read More]

ST. LOUIS: SSM Names VP for Marketing and Communications
SSM Health Care—St. Louis has named James Huhn as network vice president of marketing and communications. Huhn will oversee a staff responsible for overall branding, marketing plan development for key service lines and programs, marketing communications, public and media relations, internal communications and social media initiatives. Huhn previously held marketing director positions in the chemical and automotive industries most recently with Advantage Maintenance Solutions and Hunter Engineering Company, both in St. Louis.[Read More]

PHILADELPHIA: Tenet's St. Christopher's Hospital for Children Names CEO
Tenet Healthcare Corp. announced that St. Christopher's Hospital for Children appointed Carolyn Jackson as its CEO. Jackson joined St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, a 189-bed pediatric hospital located in Philadelphia, last week. Jackson most recently served as CEO for Lake Pointe Health Network in Rowlett, TX, which includes a 112-bed hospital plus two outpatient imaging centers, two sleep labs, a wound care center, an urgent care center and four physician clinics. Under her leadership, the hospital grew from 99 beds to 112 beds.[Read More]

CAMDEN, NJ: Bocian Named CCO at Cooper University Hospital
David Bocian, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Trenton, has been appointed chief compliance officer at Cooper University Hospital. Bocian managed a team of attorneys, paralegals and support staff handling federal criminal investigations and prosecutions. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Bocian was a trial attorney with Patton Boggs LLC in Washington, DC.[Read More]

NEW YORK: Flores Joins Mount Sinai as Chief of Thoracic Surger
Raja M. Flores, MD, has joined The Mount Sinai Medical Center as chief of thoracic surgery, and as director of the thoracic surgical oncology program at Mount Sinai's Tisch Cancer Institute. Previously at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Flores, 43, is renowned for his technical skill in treating patients with mesothelioma, lung and esophageal cancers, and non-malignant thoracic diseases, as well as for several groundbreaking studies comparing outcomes of traditional surgeries with less invasive procedures.[Read More]

SAN FRANCISCO: PHA Names New President, Interim Executive Director
At the 10th Annual Conference of Physician Hospitals of America in San Francisco, Mike Russell, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Texas Spine and Joint Hospital in Tyler, was named the President of the PHA Board of Directors for a two-year term. Brett Gosney, CEO of Animas Surgical Hospital, has stepped down and will stay on the board as its immediate past-President. Paul Kerens, senior executive officer of Kansas City Orthopedic Institute, was named President-Elect. Keri Bolte, member services manager of PHA, was named interim director of PHA, to start on Dec. 1, while the board searches for a new leader.[Read More]

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