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It's Good to Be in Healthcare
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Despite all the ululating about shrinking reimbursements and the impact of federal healthcare reform, and any of a number of financial icebergs out there, let's acknowledge that it's good to be in healthcare. Numerous surveys show that physicians, highly skilled clinicians, and healthcare executives in the United States are the most highly compensated class of workers on the planet.

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  November 15, 2010

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Let me say from the onset that I included this column from The Sidney Morning Herald in Australia solely for its entertainment value. I do not necessarily condone nor subscribe in any way to its allegations. "How many HR officers does it take to change a light bulb? A: Four. One to assess the risk of the light bulb changing process, another to consult the light bulb and its stakeholders, yet another to ensure that the health and safety procedures are being adhered to while the bulb is being changed, and a fourth to actually change it." Ouch! [Read More]
Employers Ready to Raise Stakes for Health Incentives
This is an interesting trend piece from the LA Times. Your employer wants you to stop smoking and lose some weight. And the boss is willing to sweeten the pot if you succeed. There's a new twist to corporate wellness programs: Increasingly, employers want to see concrete results before they reward you with premium breaks on your health benefits or with cash and gift cards. In a September survey of 466 large to midsize employers by the professional services company Towers Watson, 65% of respondents said that for 2011 they'll increase incentives to take part in these programs. And 62% said that by 2012, instead of offering employees incentives to participate in wellness programs like in years past, they'll only pay up after they see demonstrated action and results. [Read More]
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Executives on the Move
PALO ALTO, CA: Stanford Hospital & Clinics names new CEO from UCLA
Amir Dan Rubin, who has worked at UCLA hospitals since 2005, will take over his new role at Stanford on Jan. 3, the hospital said in a statement. He succeeds Martha Marsh, who retired in September after eight years on the job. Rubin will be taking over the hospital as it prepares to undergo a major transition. As part of the larger "Project: Renewal" expansion proposed for the Stanford University Medical Center, the hospital is designing a new $2 billion inpatient facility.[Read More]

SHERMAN, TX: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital ?WNJ Names CEO
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital - WNJ has named Vance Reynolds as their new CEO. Reynolds comes to WNJ from Vicksburg, MS, where he has served as CEO of River Region Health System since 2008. WNJ says Reynolds' first day on the job is December 13.[Read More]

SARASOTA, FL: Woeltjen Appointed SMH CFO
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has named William Woeltjen CFO, effective immediately. Woeltjen, who previously served as Sarasota Memorial's treasurer, has been serving as the interim CFO since July, when Sarasota Memorial's former CFO David Verinder was appointed COO. Before joining Sarasota Memorial's Finance Department in 2007, Woeltjen, a CPA, served as corporate treasurer/CFO for University Community Health in Tampa.[Read More]

SPRINGFIELD, MA: Moen Named CEO at Sisters of Providence Health System
Daniel P. Moen, president/CEO of Heywood Hospital in Gardner, has been named the new president/CEO of the Sisters of Providence Health System. Moen, who will assume his new position in January, will succeed William Bithoney, MD, who has been serving in the interim capacity since the prior CEO, Vincent McCorkle, left in June. Moen was chosen after a nationwide search by the Sisters of Providence Health System's Board of Trustees. [Read More]

DENVER: Makowski Resigns at Centura Health St. Anthony
Peter Makowski has resigned as president/CEO of Centura Health's St. Anthony Central Hospital. Centura said Makowski's departure resulted from changes in the organizational structure of Centura's North Denver Operating Group, whose hospitals include St. Anthony Central, St. Anthony North, Avista Adventist and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. Centura said it will launch a national search for the vacant position of operating-group president. That job will include serving as president/CEO at St. Anthony Central. Raymond Mencini, MD, has been named interim president and CEO. [Read More]

MADRAS, OR: Mountain View Hospital CEO Steps Down
Mountain View Hospital CEO Eric Buckland announced that he will leave Nov. 19 to pursue other opportunities. Buckland joined Mt. View in April. Joe Smith has been named interim CEO.[Read More]

VICKSBURG, MS: River Regional CEO Announces Departure
River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg is looking for a new leader. CEO Vance Reynolds announced that he's leaving Dec. 10 to take a similar job in his hometown of Sherman, TX. Reynolds has been in health care management 12 years and was hired by River Region in December 2008. River Region said in July that it was on solid financial footing in 2009 for the first time in its eight years of operation. River Region Health System is owned by Community Health Systems of Tennessee.[Read More]

SIOUX FALLS, SD: Kapaska Named Regional President of Avera McKennan
David Kapaska, DO, has been named regional president/CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. Kapaska is the 16th administrator in the hospital's 100-year history. Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center is the largest of Avera's five regional centers. Kapaska succeeds Fred Slunecka, who served as Avera McKennan's regional president since 1989. Slunecka has been appointed COO of Avera.[Read More]

LINDEN, TN: Three Rivers Community Health Elects CEO
The Board of Directors of Three Rivers Community Health Group recently announced the election of Phillip Tatum as CEO/executive director. He will manage the day to day responsibilities of Perry County Medical Center, Inc. and Three Rivers Community Health-Hickman, which are subsidiaries of Three Rivers Community Health Group. Tatum joined Perry County Medical Center as a family nurse practitioner in 2005.[Read More]

CHRYSTAL CITY, MO: Muehlhauser Named CEO at Jefferson Regional
Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City has promoted CFO Jim Muehlhauser, 58, to president/CEO. He was named interim CEO following the resignation of Lloyd Ford Jr. in September. Hospital Board Chairman Lindell Carter said Muehlhauser was unanimously approved as the new president/CEO by the board. Muehlhauser has been CFO at Jefferson Regional since 1997. Muehlhauser will remain as CFO until that position is filled.[Read More]

WEST BRANCH, MI: Contract Extended for West Branch Regional CEO
West Branch Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Douglas Pattullo will remain in his position through Dec. 31, 2011, as the hospital's board of trustees recently approved his contract extension. Pattullo's contract was set to expire at the end of May, 2011. WBRMC officials said it will take the hospital nine to 12 months to find a replacement for Pattullo when he retires at the end of next year.[Read More]

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO: King Named CFO at SE Missouri Hospital
Hugh King, CPA, has been appointed vice president/CFO at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He has been serving as interim CFO for the past few months. King has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 25 years, including eight years in the Healthcare Auditing and Consulting Group at Ernst & Young.[Read More]

WATSEKA, MO: Johnson Named CEO at Iroquois Memorial
Gregory Johnson, CEO of Cox Monett Hospital in southwest Missouri, has been hired as president/CEO of Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. His selection was announced by Dennis Wittenborn, president of the IMH board, who said Johnson has 31 years' experience in hospital administration in urban, suburban and rural locations. Johnson has been administrator and CEO of Cox Monett Hospital since 1998. [Read More]

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