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Let's Pull the Plug on Office Holiday Parties
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The justifications for a holiday party usually include a sincere expression of appreciation for employees' hard work throughout the year. But a party that comes with a tacit list of do's and don'ts that is longer than the healthcare reform bill is no fun at all.

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  November 29, 2010

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MIAMI: Beleaguered Jackson Health CEO Steps Down
Angered that a county commissioner questioned her "integrity and moral fiber," Eneida Roldan announced Monday she will step down as CEO of Jackson Health System when her contract runs out next June, the Miami Herald reports. After 18 months in the top job, facing persistent pressure from Miami-Dade leaders to stop massive losses, Roldan wrote Jackson's chairman last week that she decided she had had enough. She made her decision after Commissioner Carlos Gimenez called her Friday afternoon, questioning her integrity and threatening "my continued employment with the Public Health Trust,' she said. ``He accused me of being deceitful." [Read More]

DENVER: Webb Named CHRO for Catholic Heath Initiatives
Patricia Webb has been named senior vice president/CHRO for Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation's third-largest faith-based healthcare organization. Webb, who has more than 25 years of experience in operations and human resources, joins Denver-based CHI from UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester, MA, where she is senior vice president/CHRO. Webb will start at CHI on Jan. 10.[Read More]

OAKDALE, CA: Oak Valley Hospital CEO's Contract Extension Contested
A divided Oak Valley Hospital District governing board voted last week to extend CEO John Friel's contract for an additional year over claims that the board had violated the state's open meeting law. The three board members who voted against extending Friel's contract said their opposition was not aimed at him but at the process. Board member Wendell Chun, a former Oakdale schools superintendent, said he believes the governing board failed to follow the Brown Act—the state's open meeting law. Chun said the meeting agenda did not clearly state the governing board would be voting on extending Friel's contract, and that there were no supporting materials for the board members to review before Monday's meeting. [Read More]

CORAL SPRINGS, FL: Coral Springs MC Gets New COO
Kimberley Jutras Graham, current CNO, assumes the dual position of COO for Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center. As CNO of CSMC for the last 10 years, Graham has been successful at leading and overseeing the hospital's clinical units. As COO, her added responsibilities include managing the operations of the hospital's day-to-day service departments such as the laboratory, cardiopulmonary, quality management, guest relations and pharmacy. [Read More]

POWELL, WY: Powell Valley Healthcare Renews Search for New CEO
Paul Cardwell, who signed an agreement to become the next CEO for Powell Valley Healthcare, notified officials he no longer plans to come to Powell. Cardwell, the successful applicant for the position, assured the board during a formal interview that he was interested in taking the job. He later stated he planned to start in early November, but that was delayed by a trip to Thailand for Cardwell and his wife to finalize the adoption of a baby girl. Cardwell signed the agreement with HealthTech Management Services (formerly Brim Healthcare), which provides management services for Powell Valley Healthcare. On Wednesday, he told Bob Brendgard of HealthTech that moving to Powell wasn't going to work for his family. Robin Roling, interim CEO, said the other candidate for the position, Richard Polheber, has since taken a position with another hospital. Roling said she didn't know any of the details of Cardwell's reason for not coming. [Read More]

DENVER: CEO Makowski Resigns at St. Anthony Central Hospital
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 and CEO at St. Anthony Central. Raymond Mencini, MD, has been named interim president/CEO.[Read More]

BECKLEY, WVA: CEO Bowling to Step Down at Raleigh General Hospital
Karen Bowling, CEO at Raleigh General Hospital, is leaving on Dec. 15, the hospital's parent company announced Tuesday. Robert Klein, president of the United Division of LifePoint Hospitals, with which Raleigh General is affiliated, said the company would launch a nationwide to find a successor. Without elaborating in a statement, Bowling said she decided to leave the hospital for personal reasons and gave no indication about a possible new move in her career. Bowling has served the hospital as its CEO since 2002.[Read More]

MELBOURNE, FL: Wuesthoff MC Melbourne Gets New Administrator
Wuesthoff Health System announced the appointment of Susan Takacs as the new hospital administrator for Wuesthoff Medical Center Melbourne. Takacs has worked with Health Management Associates since June 2003 when she was appointed the assistant administrator of Santa Rosa Medical Center in Milton, FL. Subsequently, she became the associate administrator at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO., before returning to Florida as the COO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Naples, FL, where she has been since May 2006.[Read More]

YADKINVILLE, NC: Soule Named Interim CEO at Yadkin Valley Community Hospital
Frederick L. Soule has been named the interim CEO of Yadkin Valley Community Hospital. Working previously as CEO of hospitals and nursing homes in cities across the state, including Greensboro and Lenoir, before most recently serving as interim CEO at Stokes-Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Danbury from March to September this year. [Read More]

WEATHERFORD, TX: Weatherford Regional Names New CEO
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DANFORD, CT: Parent company of New Milford, Danbury hospitals names CFO
Western Connecticut Healthcare, a health network comprised of New Milford and Danbury hospitals and their affiliates, has named Steven H. Rosenberg its CFO. Rosenberg, a New Haven resident, previously served as senior vice president and CFO at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. He has more than 30 years of health care and hospital experience, the health network said in a statement. [Read More]

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