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Safety Program Codifies Risk of Hospital Violence
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

An emergency department staff-driven program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics uses a green-yellow-red color-coded alert system that identifies the security status of patients and events that pose a risk for violence.

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  December 13, 2010

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Sebelius Urges IHI Attendees to Work Harder Toward Quality
We will hear a lot more discussion about quality improvement in the wake of two recent studies suggesting that the healthcare sector hasn't done much to reduce preventable errors that lead to tens of thousands of hospital deaths each year. That point was made last week when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admonished 6,000 healthcare executives, physicians, nurses, and other providers attending the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare to work harder to be creative about improving delivery of care. "Too many patients year in and out are hurt or killed because of adverse events that occur in the nation's hospital and other healthcare settings. And we have nearly two million Americans every year who acquire hospital-related infections, contributing to close to 100,000 deaths and as much as $33 billion in additional healthcare costs. And at the same time, almost 30% of our healthcare spending, nearly $700 billion a year, is for services that we think are really questionable about improving peoples' health. We're not even sure that they work," Sebelius told the gathering. [Read More]
A Temp Company for Healthcare Execs
Here's an interesting piece in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about an enterprising brother and sister team operating a temporary job placement center for semiretired healthcare executives. Mary Christensen and her brother, Damian Martin, have seen their business flourish over the last three years, with annual revenues growing from $320,000 in 2007 to projected revenues in 2011 of about $1.9 million. Christensen and Martin started Experienced Resources LLC in 2005 to recruit high-level executives—vice president or director level and above—who are in transition from full-time employment. Their talent pool of more than 600 executives offers expertise in all phases of medical management, including operations, finance, human resources, nursing and marketing. Christensen, a former human resources manager at several hospitals and clinics, told the newspaper that the demand for experienced healthcare executives has increased with the downward pressure on healthcare reimbursement by the government and insurance industry and the lingering impact of the recession, which forced layoffs at hospitals and clinics. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions
Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat. [Read More]
Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration
Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
OAKLAND, CA: Tyson Promoted to president/COO of Kaiser Permanente
Bernard J. Tyson, executive vice president, has been promoted to president/COO for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan. Before overseeing the regional operations and hospitals, Tyson led the effort to enhance the Kaiser Permanente brand. Tyson has more than two decades of operations and hospital experience—including running several Kaiser Permanente hospitals. [Read More]

ROSEVILLE, CA: Beaman Named VP of Finance for Adventist Health
John Beaman has been named vice president of finance at Adventist Health. Beaman will succeed Jim Brewster, who will retire late next month. Beaman will relocate to the Roseville office at the end of the year. During the month of January he will continue to support Simi Valley Hospital on a part-time basis while he orients to his new role. Currently, Beaman is the CFO at Simi Valley Hospital, a 188-bed Adventist Health hospital in Southern California.[Read More]

COLUMBUS, OH: Rutherford Named CFO at The Ohio State University Medical Center
C. Michael Rutherford has been named CFO at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He will be responsible for the fiscal management of the Medical Center's clinical operations and business enterprises. Rutherford comes to Ohio State from Summa Health System in Akron. At Summa, a health care network with more than 2,000 licensed beds, he has served for the past 10 years as system vice president/CFO. At Ohio State he also will serve as senior associate vice president of health sciences. He will start in his new position on Jan. 4. [Read More]

Houston, TX: Distefano named CEO at Children's MH Hospital
Susan Distefano has been named CEO of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, effective Jan. 1. She succeeds Craig Cordola, who was promoted to CEO at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center earlier this year. Most recently, she was senior vice president of patient care services/CNO at Texas Children's Hospital. [Read More]

MIDDLETON, OH: Atrium Medical Center Names Carol J. Turner president/CEO
Atrium Medical Center has named Carol J. Turner president/CEO, effective Jan. 1, following Douglas W. McNeill's retirement from Atrium at the end of the year. Turner is now the executive vice president/COO of the hospital. Turner began her career 30 years ago at Middletown Regional Hospital and subsequently moved to the new Atrium Medical Center. [Read More]

BROOMFIELD, CO: Health Inventures Names New CEO
Health Inventures, a privately held developer and operator of ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals, has named Charles Peck as its new president/CEO, effective Jan. 3. He replaces CEO Richard Hanley who announced his retirement plans last spring. Before joining Health Inventures, Peck served as the CMO and Managing Director of FTI Healthcare, a healthcare consulting firm.[Read More]

Plainfield, IL: Wehtje Named CFO at Adventist Midwest Health
Ronald M. Wehtje has been named regional senior vice president/CFO for Adventist Midwest Health. Wehtje, 48, a certified public accountant, comes to this job from Orlando-based Adventist Care Centers, where he served as executive vice president/CFO since 2004. Wehtje replaces Janice Hagensicker, who is now the CFO for the Tampa Bay Market of Florida Hospital/University Community Hospital, part of Adventist Health System. Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. [Read More]

READING, PA: Grennan Named CMO at Reading Hospital
M. Joseph Grennan Jr., MD, has been named senior vice president/CMO of the Reading Hospital, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Gerald P. Malick, MD, who will retire at the end of the year after serving his entire career in medicine at the Reading Hospital and as senior vice president and chief medical officer for 11 years. His most recent position, through FTI Healthcare, was as interim CMO at Boca Raton (FL) Regional Hospital.[Read More]

TARPON SPRINGS, FL: Bergherm Named CEO at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital
Bruce Bergherm has been named CEO at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, effective Jan. 3. Bergherm is COO of Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, a 139-bed Adventist Health System hospital in Orange City. He replaces CEO Don Evans, is leaving Helen Ellis to "pursue other career opportunities," a hospital spokesman said. Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital joined Adventist Health System on Sept. 1, when Adventist merged with University Community Health Care.[Read More]

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