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8 Healthcare HR Forecasts Reviewed for Accuracy
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Journalists love closure. I started the year with eight predictions for healthcare HR in 2010. So, I thought I'd end the year with a look back to see how well, or poorly, I did as a prognosticator.

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  December 27, 2010

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Physicians, Nurses Continue Primary Care Debate
The debate continues on the expanded scope-of-practice for nurse practitioners, predictably, with most nurses groups supporting the idea and the American Medical Association opposed. "Although nurses are critical to the healthcare team, there is no substitute for a physician's education and training," AMA President Cecil B. Wilson wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine. That's an excellent point. The problem, of course, is that we don't have enough doctors, especially in rural areas. Given the demographics of our aging country and its graying physician workforce, the ground-level realities of care delivery will demand that we substitute. [Read More]
Severance raised NJ hospital chief's pay to $7.7M
Executive compensation at non-profit hospitals will become a hot topic in the coming year, especially if the economic doldrums continue. With unemployment hovering at about 10%, threats of layoffs, and rising healthcare costs, everyone is looking for a scapegoat. I'm not saying your hospital CEO or other C Suite occupants aren't worth their six- or seven-figure salary. However, a lot of people would probably be willing to say it, and you'd better be prepared to address the issue. We hear a lot about pay for performance for physicians and hospitals. Perhaps 2011 will see the same demands made of healthcare executives. [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 latest 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 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
Oregon Health & Science University has hired Lawrence J. Furnstahl as OHSU's new CFO. Furnstahl currently is chief financial and strategy officer for the University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological Sciences Division, and also serves as vice president for financial planning for science at the University of Chicago. Apart from two years at UCSF Stanford Healthcare (1997-1999), he has been at the University of Chicago since 1983. Furnstahl will start work at OHSU on Jan. 31. He replaces Pitt Calkin, who has served as Interim CFO since Jan. 11, 2010. [Read More]

ST. LOUIS: SLU Hospital CEO resigns
Tenet Healthcare Corp., owners of St. Louis University Hospital offered only scant details about the abrupt departure last week of the hospital's CEO. Crystal Haynes, who had run the university hospital since 2001, resigned, a move that surprised many. During her tenure, she had racked up numerous awards for herself and the hospital. Tenet spokeswoman Carol Britton said she was not privy to any Tenet discussions leading to Haynes' departure. "She left to pursue other opportunities," said Britton.[Read More]

PITTSBURGH: Excela names new COO
Michael D. Busch has been named Excela Health's new executive vice president/COO. The former vice president and chief strategy officer at Butler Health System will oversee day-to-day operations at the growing Excela system, which includes Westmoreland and Latrobe hospitals. Busch also is a former CEO of West Penn Allegheny Health System's primary care physician networks, and of the Children's Community Care group practice at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC. [Read More]

MOKENA, IL: Provena Health Promotes Filer to System COO
Provena Health has promoted CFO Anthony J. Filer, 56, to System COO, effective Jan. 1. Filer joined Provena Health in June of 2002 as system vice president, finance and CFO and was promoted to senior vice president in March of 2005. Before that, he was vice president of operational finance for Ascension Health in St. Louis. [Read More]

BRENTWOOD, TN: LifePoint Hospitals Names William F. Carpenter III Chairman
LifePoint Hospitals CEO/President William F. Carpenter III has been named chairman of the board at the for-profit hospital chain, effective immediately. Owen G. (Bob) Shell Jr., formerly non-executive chairman of the board, is assuming the role of lead director of LifePoint's board of directors. [Read More]

ROSEVILLE, CA: Reiner to Succeed Dodds as COO at Adventist Health
Scott Reiner has been named executive vice president/COO of Adventist Health, according to Robert G. Carmen, president/CEO of the Roseville-based healthcare system. He will succeed Larry Dodds, who will retire May 2011. Reiner is a senior vice president for Adventist Health, a position he has held since January 2007. Previously, he was president and CEO of Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Prior to joining Adventist Health, Reiner was the senior vice president of Strategic Operations at General Health System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. [Read More]

MINNEAPOLIS: Medtronic CEO Hawkins to Retire in April
William A. Hawkins has announced his retirement as chairman/CEO of Medtronic at the end of the fiscal year ending April 29, 2011. The company's board has started an external search for his replacement. Hawkins will remain until his successor is appointed. Hawkins, 56, was elected CEO in August of 2007 and chairman in 2008. He joined Medtronic in 2002 as senior vice president and president of the company's vascular business, and became president/COO in 2004. [Read More]

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