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Violence Against ED Nurses Remains High, But Remedies Exist
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Emergency Department nurses say they are victims of physical violence every week. To me, the most disturbing factoid is that no action was taken against the perpetrator in 45% of the cases. The Emergency Nurses Association points out this violence prevention problem in their nationwide survey, how is your hospital finding a solution?

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  October 4, 2010

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Healthcare Job Postings Drop, But Demand Steady
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' jobs report for September, due this week, should be informative. There's been a lot of news media traffic of late about hospital layoffs and I'm wondering about the larger picture. Admittedly, the news can distort your judgment. You read about the 50 job cuts at Hospital A and the 35 job cuts at Hospital B, but you don't read anything about the smaller, incremental job additions that many hospitals are making. So, where are we in terms of overall healthcare job growth? The Conference Board tells us that online ads for healthcare practitioners and technical workers fell by 26,200 listings to 516,300 in September, the third straight month of declines. However, vacancies continue to outnumber skilled healthcare job seekers by 2 to 1. Since January, online job listings for the healthcare sector have fallen by a total 51,100. [Read More]
IL Hospitals Generate $75B Annually
It's surprising that more state hospital associations don't offer the general public an annual economic impact survey. It's an excellent way to let people know what most of us who work in healthcare or who write about it already know: hospitals are huge economic forces in thousands of community across the nation. For example, the Illinois Hospital Association reports that the state's 200 hospitals and health systems are responsible for about 426,700 direct and indirect jobs and generate $75.1 billion for the state's economy. Illinois hospitals are among the top three employers in nearly half of the state's counties, and hospitals are essential to economic development because companies looking to relocate or expand want access to high-quality healthcare services. [Read More]
Feds Indict 5 in Johns Hopkins ID Theft
Patient privacy is one of the oldest tenets of medicine. If you can't trust a provider with a patient's confidential information, how can you trust that provider with a patient's health? On the other hand, bad things happen to good healthcare providers. How liable should a provider be if a deliberately deceptive employee takes it upon himself to violate that trust and steal patient information? Sometimes it feels like the provider is being doubly victimized: once by the bad employee, and again by the HIPAA penalties. You can install extravagant security barriers but ultimately it boils down to the human element, and a provider has to trust that employees will do the right thing. [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
HOUSTON: Cordola Named CEO at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System has promoted Craig Cordola to CEO, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, following his seven-year tenure as assistant vice president and then CEO of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Cordola is also the Associate Dean for Hospital Affairs and Community Partnerships at The University of Texas Medical School - Houston. He succeeds Juanita Romans, who is retiring. [Read More]

PHOENIX: Banner Health Announces CEO Appointments, Executive Moves
Banner Health announced the retirement of long-time leader Don Evans, CEO at Banner Baywood Medical Center, effective Jan. 1. Evans' retirement announcement has spurred other CEO changes within the organization, all of which take effect Jan. 1. Laura Robertson, currently CEO at Banner Heart Hospital, will be the new CEO for Banner Baywood Medical Center. Debbie Flores will move from her position as associate administrator at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City to become the new CEO for Banner Heart Hospital.[Read More]

DALLAS: Riley to Retire as CEO at UT Southwestern Medical Center
Sharon Riley, CEO/president of the hospitals at UT Southwestern Medical Center, is retiring and will be leaving at the end of October. Riley, 50, was recruited in 2004 to her current position. During her first two years on the job, she executed a major turnaround in hospital operations and improved overall hospital patient satisfaction results, according to her boss, Daniel K. Podolsky, MD, president of UT Southwestern Medical Center. [Read More]

NASHVILLE: Rudolph Named CEO of St. Thomas
Dawn M. Rudolph, most recently CEO of the 191-bed St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN, becomes president and CEO of Saint Thomas Hospital on Nov. 1. Rudolph takes over a post previously held by Les Donahue, who resigned to become president and CEO of the larger Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta in July. E. Dale Batchelor, MD, who was Saint Thomas Hospital's interim CEO, has been promoted to senior vice president and continues as CMO. Also, David C. Seaberg, MD, an emergency physician from Chattanooga, TN, was elected president-elect during the organization's annual meeting in Las Vegas.[Read More]

St. Paul, MN: North Memorial Names New CEO, After Cress Arrest
A Twin Cities hospital has a new leader, less than a month after its CEO was arrested for trying to hire a prostitute. North Memorial Medical Center named Larry Taylor as CEO. Tayor has been chairman of the hospital's board since 2000. The hospital said it has cut ties with former CEO David Cress, who was arrested earlier this month in Richfield during an undercover prostitution sting. Cress, 60, allegedly tried to pick up a prostitute, according to police. Following the incident, he was immediately suspended indefinitely, without pay.[Read More]

MIAMI: Jackson Health System Hires 3 Execs
Jackson Health System has picked three veteran South Florida managers for its executive team—two of them to replace people caught up in controversies. The new CFO will be Mark Knight, who has been CFO at three local hospital systems. He will start Nov. 1. Leah Kinnaird, was named CNO, and Maria Huot-Barrientos was named vice president of human resources.[Read More]

CHATTANOOGA: Gracey Named COO at BCBS Tennessee
William M. Gracey will join BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee as president/COO on Oct. 18. Gracey will oversee operations of the company's government and commercial business units and report directly to BlueCross CEO Vicky Gregg. Gracey served on the BlueCross Board of Directors for the past four years. He has spent most of his 35-year career as a leader in the health care industry in Tennessee. Most recently, he was executive vice president and COO of Lifepoint Hospitals, a 52-hospital system with 23,000 employees and 2,500 physicians in 17 states, headquartered in Nashville.[Read More]

NASHVILLE: Lumina Named CEO of Essent's Sharon Hospital
Essent Healthcare, Inc. announced that Kimberly A. Lumia has been named president/CEO of Sharon Hospital in Sharon, CT. Lumia has served as CNO at the 78-bed hospital for the past 18 months and has been acting CEO since the departure of former CEO Charlie Therrien in July.[Read More]

DALLAS: Evans to Lead Tenet's Lake Pointe Health Network
Tenet Healthcare Corp. announced that Lake Pointe Health Network has appointed Eric Evans as its CEO. The network is located in Rowlett, TX, and includes Lake Pointe Medical Center, a 112-bed acute care hospital, seven outpatient centers and four physician clinics. Evans most recently served as vice president and chief of staff to Tenet President/CEO Trevor Fetter. [Read More]

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO: Decker Named Director of St. Francis Foundation
Linda Decker has been named executive director of the Saint Francis Medical Center Foundation. Decker's position is a newly created one at the hospital. The position of vice president of development and administrative services, held until recently by Wayne Smith, was responsible for the foundation's leadership. That position was eliminated after Smith resigned to take a vice president position at Southeast Missouri Hospital.[Read More]

KONA, HI: Kona/Kahala Hospitals CEO Resigns
Earl Greenia, CEO of Kona Community Hospital and Kohala Hospital, has resigned to take a health-care job in California. The Hawaii Health Systems Corp.'s West Hawaii Regional Board of Directors accepted the resignation last week. Greenia's last day will be Oct. 31, and the board will now explore options for filling the position. Kona Community Hospital is a 94-bed full-service acute- and long-term care hospital serving the west region of the Big Island. Greenia's new employer was not immediately known. [Read More]

READING, PA: Reading Hospital Names New CFO
An Atlanta resident who is a longtime CFO in the health care industry has been named senior vice president/CFO of Reading Hospital. Richard W. Jones will replace Steven I. Finkel, who announced his retirement last week as senior vice president/CFO/treasurer after 32 years at the hospital. [Read More]

LAS VEGAS: Schneider Assumes ACEP Presidency
Rochester, NY-based emergency physician Sandra M. Schneider, MD, assumes a one-year term as president of the American College of Emergency Physicians this week. Schneider is a professor and chair emeritus of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester and attending physician at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. [Read More]

Kamuela, HI: Wood Named CEO at North Hawaii Community Hospital
The Board of Directors of North Hawaii Community Hospital has unanimously selected Ken Wood as the president/CEO of the hospital effective Oct. 1. Wood replaces John White who announced his departure in early September.[Read More]

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