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Ex-Blues CEO's $11M Severance Package Slaps Policyholders
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Public furor over a multi-million dollar payout for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' former CEO is not a human resources debacle. It is however, part of a continuing and troubling trend in healthcare.[Read More]

  March 7, 2011

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Central Line Infections Plummet 58% in ICU
Here's some great news from the federal government about hospital-acquired infections. After years of reports showing that little progress has been made, despite enormous efforts, the CDC has reported that bloodstream infections in intensive care units dropped 58% in 2009 compared with statistics from 2001. Also, 27,000 patients who would have died of their infections survived. In 2009 alone, efforts to reduce infections saved 3,000 to 6,000 lives and about $144 million in extra medical costs compared with 2001. [Read More]
Feds: 92% of Nursing Homes Staffed By Criminals
Here's something to remember the next time you're visiting granny at the old folks' home. A stunning number of the nation's nursing facilities—92% in fact—employ at least one individual with a history of at least one criminal conviction, and one in 20 nursing employees has one criminal conviction or more, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General. [Read More]
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Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction
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Executives on the Move
PLANO, TX: Douglas named CEO at LifeCare Holdings
Phillip B. Douglas has been named chairman/CEO of LifeCare Holdings, Inc., a 20-facility long term acute care hospital system based in Plano, TX. Douglas' promotion follows the announcement of the retirement of Wayne McAlister, who has served as the company's chairman and CEO for three years. A healthcare executive with more than 30 years experience, Douglas served as president of LifeCare Holdings since April 2008. Before that he held senior management positions with several healthcare and IT solutions companies, including UnitedHealth Group and Humana Inc. [Read More]

CORPUS CHRISTI: Christus Spohn Health System names CEO
An executive at Christus Spohn Health System has been named president and CEO after the former CEO stepped down in December. Pamela Robertson, 54, was promoted from the interim CEO role she's been serving in since Bruce Holstien announced his departure Dec. 2, citing personal reasons. Robertson joined the hospital system's leadership team in 2007 and became executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2009.[Read More]

DALLAS: Irvine named president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Methodist Health System has named Laura Irvine president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Irvine began her career at Methodist in January 1996 as an administrative resident at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. She was promoted to vice president at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in 1999. In 2001, Irvine was named senior vice president for strategic planning and marketing, a position she held until her promotion in 2005 to her current role as president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, a facility she helped plan and develop. Irvine will remain in her current role as president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center until a new president is named. [Read More]

DETROIT: Ex-St. John executive to lead Doctors' Hospital
Doctors' Hospital of Michigan has named David M. Sessions, a former executive at St. John Providence Health System, as president/CEO. Sessions' hiring comes just three weeks after the physician owners of the Pontiac hospital bought out partner McLaren Health Care Corp. [Read More]

Charlotte, NC: Novant Health Promotes Armato to COO
Novant Health has announced the promotion of Carl Armato to senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of the organization. Novant is a not-for-profit health system with hospitals, physician clinics, and outpatient centers in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia. Armato has served as an executive vice president with Novant Health for the past three years and provided leadership to the health system's different market areas across the four-state region. Armato's tenure with Novant Health began in 1998 when he joined the newly formed system. [Read More]

PHOENIX: Reiman named CEO at Banner Research Institute
Eric M. Reiman, MD, has been named CEO of Banner Research Institute, replacing Bill Camp, who announced his retirement from Banner effective in May. Banner Research Institute provides strategic direction and administrative oversight for all of Banner's research entities and activities, including Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Banner Alzheimer's Institute, and ongoing clinical research studies and trials at Banner facilities. Reiman will continue as executive director of Banner Alzheimer's Institute. As part of the organizational changes, Banner is creating a COO position at BRI that will report to the CEO. A search of potential internal and external candidates is underway to fill the position. [Read More]

BROCKPORT, NY: Interim CEO named at Lakeside Health System
The CEO of a hospital in Dansville, Livingston County, has been appointed on an interim basis to head the Lakeside Health System in Brockport. James Wissler, who has been CEO of Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville for 13 years, replaces Michael Stapleton, who in January resigned as Lakeside CEO to assume an executive role at Thompson Health System in Canandaigua. Wissler will begin his job on March 7. During his time in Dansville, the hospital, in partnership with Livingston County, built a dialysis center and launched a $10 million capital program to expand and improve the operating rooms and intensive care unit.[Read More]

MINNEAPOLIS: CNO named for Children's Hospitals and Clinics of MN
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has named Roxanne Fernandes as the organization's new CNO. Fernandes comes to Children's after more than a decade at the University of California, San Francisco, Children's Hospital where she served as executive director. She has more than 30 years of experience in pediatrics, both at the bedside and in executive roles. [Read More]

DENVER: CHI names physician practice management leader
T. Clifford Deveny, MD, has been named to the newly created position of senior vice president, physician practice management, at Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation's third-largest nonprofit health system. Deveny, a longtime physician executive, joins Englewood, CO-based CHI on May 2, and is currently system vice president, physician alignment and president of Summa Physicians Inc. for Summa Health System, Akron, OH. [Read More]

ROSEVILLE, CA: VP named at Adventist Health Managed Care
Dan Rhodes, 49, has been named vice president of Physician and Home Health Contracting for managed care at Adventist Health Managed care. Previously, Rhodes was staff vice president of provider contracting for WellPoint/Anthem Blue Cross. He was responsible for developing and implementing targeted strategies for contracting and network development across 10 states in support of Medicaid and other state sponsored programs. [Read More]

COOKEVILLE, TN: Cookeville Regional CEO takes leave of absence
The head of Cookeville Regional Medical Center has requested an extended leave of absence citing personal reasons, officials at the hospital said. Bernie Mattingly, who has served as CEO at CRMC for more than six years, asked for a personal leave of 90 to 120 days. The hospital's board of trustees last week accepted that request and appointed Menachem Langer, MD, as acting CEO in his absence. Officials at CRMC offered no comment on the situation, other than a brief release citing the same information above. [Read More]

MILWAUKEE, WI: Gorelick name CEO Children's Hospital/Medical College joint venture
Marc Gorelick, MD, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, has been named CEO/senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs—Children's Specialty Group. Children's Specialty Group is a joint venture between Children's Hospital and Health System and the Medical College of Wisconsin. As a member of the senior leadership teams at Children's Hospital and Health System and the Medical College, Gorelick will assume responsibility for the leadership and practice operations of Children's Specialty Group and is chair of the board of directors. [Read More]

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