HealthLeaders Media HR - January 24, 2011 | Healthcare Hiring to Continue, Albeit Slowly, in 2011
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Healthcare Hiring to Continue, Albeit Slowly, in 2011
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Job growth in select parts of the country remains weak, but on the whole, the healthcare labor market is gaining strength despite being tempered by continuing hospital layoffs, declines in demand for elective surgeries, and a wave of consolidation among hospitals and health systems.[Read More]

  January 24, 2011

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EEOC Healthcare Bias Complaints on the Rise
There are a couple of ways of looking at this data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It's alarming to note that healthcare workplace bias complaints jumped 21.7% in fiscal 2010, a record pace that outstripped the also unprecedented 15.9% rate of growth for bias complaints in the overall workforce. However, let's look at the raw numbers. EEOC fielded a record 99,992 private sector workplace discrimination charge filings in fiscal 2010, which ended Sept. 30. Healthcare workplace complaints represented about 7.4% of all complaints filed in 2010, and grew from 6,078 charge filings in 2009, to 7,403 filings in 2010. Hospitals saw the number of complaints filed rise from 2,484 in fiscal 2009, to 2,945 in fiscal 2010, an increase of 18.6%. Remember that the healthcare sector has about 13.9 million workers, which includes 4.7 million hospitals workers. Of course it's a good idea to stay on top of bias complaints, and in compliance with federal and state regulations. But, if these numbers are indicative, it appears that most healthcare providers are already doing that. [Read More]
Departing Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Levy to get $1.6M payout
This really shouldn't be a surprise. Of course former CEO Paul Levy wasn't going to leave Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center empty handed. The Boston Globe reports that the hospital's board will pay Levy up to $1.6 million in severance, and the hospital described his leaving as a "negotiated departure" rather than simply a voluntary resignation, as Levy and the hospital framed it earlier this month. The board voted last week to pay Levy as much as two years of his $800,000 base annual salary—but that amount would be reduced if he takes another job. Levy decided to leave after admitting to an improper relationship with a subordinate. You can argue the merits of this settlement any way you want. From a public relations standpoint, however, this looks a substantial reward for bad behavior. Rest assured that's how healthcare unions—and most working people—will interpret it. [Read More]
Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services
Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women's loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women's health marketing experts. [Read More]
Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans
As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
NEW ORLEANS: Ochsner Health System names 2 CEOs
Ochsner Health System has filled the CEO roles at its North Shore and West Bank hospitals. Travis Capers has accepted the position of CEO at 181-bed Ochsner Medical Center—West Bank Campus. Capers has served most recently as COO of HCA-Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Polly Davenport, RN, has been named CEO at 165-bed Ochsner Medical Center—North Shore. Davenport was most recently the CEO of Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, TX under Methodist Healthcare System/HCA. Capers and Davenport begin their new jobs in February. [Read More]

NASHVILLE: Gregory named CEO at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
Luke Gregory was appointed CEO of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, a job he had held on an interim basis since September. His appointment fills a vacancy created by the departure of Kevin Churchwell, MD, to join the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, as CEO. Before being named interim CEO, Gregory was assistant vice chancellor for health affairs and chief business development officer at Vanderbilt. Last July, the veteran health-care administrator was named chief business development officer for the children's hospital, as well.[Read More]

MILWAUKEE: Brideau takes senior post at Ascension Health
Leo Brideau, the president/CEO of Columbia St. Mary's Health System since 2001, has accepted a senior position at Ascension Health, the country's largest Catholic health system and the parent of Columbia St. Mary's. He will be replaced by Mark Taylor, the president/CEO of Genesys Health System, based in Grand Blanc, MI and also part of Ascension Health, on Feb. 15. [Read More]

DUBLIN, OH: OhioHealth Executives Shuffle Jobs
Several OhioHealth senior executives are changing jobs as the nonprofit organization prepares for continued growth. Bruce Hagen, president of Riverside Methodist Hospital, has become regional executive/president of Dublin Methodist Hospital and Delaware's Grady Memorial Hospital. One of his tasks will be to coordinate OhioHealth's growth in the northern areas served by the hospital system, the organization said in a statement. Steve Markovich, MD, COO at Riverside, takes over for Hagen as president. Dublin Methodist Hospital President Cheryl Herbert becomes senior vice president of Clinical Support Services. Grady's president, Steve Garlock, has been named senior vice president for Oncology Services[Read More]

ORLANDO: Barkley to build teen sports medicine program at Nemours
Nemours pediatric health system announced that Lisa C. Barkley, MD, will work with it to develop adolescent and sports medicine programs in Central Florida. Nemours will establish a new full-service children's hospital in Orlando in 2012. Barkley was also recently appointed to serve as the assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, where she is an assistant professor of medicine.[Read More]

ST LOUIS: SSM Health Care names Body VP for behavioral health
Daniel Body has been appointed vice president, SSM Behavioral Health Services, for SSM Health Care—St. Louis. Body will be responsible for managing all SSM Health Care—St. Louis inpatient and outpatient behavioral health programs and will collaborate on strategic growth initiatives relative to Behavioral Health and Senior Services. Body most recently served as a healthcare attorney for the Healthcare Practice Group at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, PC. Before working as an attorney, Body was a CEO or director for several different behavioral health facilities and institutions across the country. [Read More]

DANSVILLE, NY: CEO Wissler to leave Noyes Memorial Hospital
James Wissler, president/CEO of Noyes Memorial Hospital, has announced he is stepping down from his post. Wissler's resignation is effective March 1 and the hospital board has accepted his request, according to a press release from the hospital. Wissler declined to comment when reached by phone and referred questions to a prepared statement issued by John M. Lockhart, Noyes hospital board chairman.[Read More]

CHILLICOTHE, MO: Hedrick Medical Center names CEO
Matthew J. Wenzel has been named CEO of Hedrick Medical Center effective Jan. 14. He was appointed interim CEO following the departure of Jim Johnson, who retired in September. Wenzel joined Hedrick Medical Center in 2006 as a senior site analyst in the information systems department and became director of ancillary services in 2007. His experience includes leadership in strategic planning, operations and performance improvement. He previously was employed at Cerner Corporation of Kansas City.[Read More]

KALAMAZOO, MI: Oliva Named CMO at Borgess Health
Anthony F. Oliva, DO, has been named CMO for Borgess Health, effective March 28. He will be accountable for the clinical practice of medicine across all Borgess Health entities, including ambulatory care, hospital care and extended care services. Oliva most recently served as CMO for the not-for-profit Guthrie Health System based in Sayre, PA. [Read More]

MIAMI: Chaykin named CEO at HCA's Kendall Regional MC
Lee Chaykin has jumped from the CEO post at University Hospital and Medical Center in Tamarac to the top spot at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, where he replaces Mauricio Sirvent. He had been University Hospital's CEO since 2007. Both hospitals are owned by HCA.[Read More]

Coshocton, OH: Hospital board selects Bob Miller as CEO
The Coshocton Hospital Board of Trustees unanimously elected Bob Miller as new CEO lalst week. During the six months he's acted as interim administrator Miller has proven his dedication to the community, the hospital and its staff, said Jim Brown, board chairman. Coshocton Hospital has been through layoffs, the sale of its extended care facility and other cost-saving measures in 2010, some of them after Miller was appointed interim chief the end of July.[Read More]

BAINBRIDGE, GA: Hospital board chairman withdraws name from CEO search
Joe Livingston, chairman of the Memorial Hospital and Manor Authority, withdrew his name from being considered for its next CEO. Livingston has been the chairman of the Hospital Authority for six of the 15 years he's been on the board. He is one of five county appointees, and there are two Bainbridge City Council appointees. On Dec. 7, Livingston said he intended to apply to the open CEO position that became vacant when former CEO Jim Peak's contract was terminated in November. The commissioners had expressed concern about Livingston's decision to apply for the CEO job while remaining a member of the hospital's governing body. [Read More]

MURRAY, KY: Penner named CEO at Murray-Calloway County Hospital
Jerome "Jerry" Penner has been named CEO of Murray-Calloway County Hospital by unanimous vote of the MCCH board of trustees. Penner will begin his tenure as CEO on Friday, April 1. Penner was one of three finalists named in December 2010 by the board, and visited Murray Jan. 4 for interviews. He will be retiring from his current rank of Colonel in the United States Army after 29 years of service, 25 of those in professional healthcare and 14 as a CEO/COO. [Read More]

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