HealthLeaders Media HR - March 28, 2011 | Management Gets the Union it Deserves
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Management Gets the Union it Deserves
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

If your hospital finds itself the target of a union organizing effort, the odds are not in your favor. But facilities that embrace employee engagement and offer strong leadership are less susceptible to unions, says one expert.[Read More]

  March 28, 2011

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Office-based Physicians Support 4M Jobs, Says AMA
The American Medical Association has a nifty state-by-state report measuring the economic impact of your friendly neighborhood physicians. Whenever a national organization provides a state-by-state breakdown of anything—from average salaries or educational attainment or tax collections or average hours of TV watched per week—it is almost guaranteed that local media in those states will run it. As anyone who's been around the media long enough will tell you, the best way to get play on a national issue is to show people how it affects them locally. Nationally, the study found that office-based physicians contributed $1.4 trillion in economic activity and supported four million jobs nationwide, as measured through sales revenue, jobs, wages, benefits, and tax revenue. [Read More]
Hospitals Face Wage and Hour Law Scrutiny
If you haven't examined your wages and hours compliance systems lately, it might be time for a review. As the story notes, hospitals are facing enhanced scrutiny from the federal government for Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour law compliance. While the settlements for individual employees usually don't add up to more than a few hundred dollars, the payout by hospitals and health systems can be substantial. [Read More]
Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services
Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. [Read More]
Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Read More]
Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction
Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
CHICAGO: Cook County Health & Hospitals CEO resigns
William Foley, the first CEO of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, is resigning from his post. His resignation comes after the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board denied a permit to the county hospital system to close Oak Forest Hospital and transform it into an outpatient clinic. County officials have been working on the plan for 15 months, and a balanced county budget is contingent on Oak Forest Hospital operations being discontinued by June 1. [Read More]

WYNNEWOOD, PA: Robinson named president of Lankenau Medical Center
Phillip D. Robinson on March 31 will officially become president of Lankenau Medical Center, which puts him in charge of Lankenau Hospital, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research and the Annenberg Center for Medical Education, the center announced. Robinson, 54, replaces Elaine Thompson, who resigned in June. He joined the center in July as interim president. He previously had worked as a managing director with the consulting firm Hunter Partners and as CEO of hospitals in Texas and Florida. [Read More]

CLEVELAND: Harrison named CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Marc Harrison, MD, has a countdown clock on his desk showing how many days, minutes, and hours until the grand opening of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. But it wasn't until weeks ago that Harrison, the Clinic's CMO since July 2009, realized that he would be the person at the helm of the 360-bed facility when it is completed in December 2012. On April 10, Harrison will become CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, an extension of the Cleveland Clinic model. Harrison succeeds interim CEO Mark McPhee, MD, who will continue in his role as chief operating officer in Abu Dhabi. [Read More]

NEW HAVEN, CT: Sparer named executive director of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital
Yale-New Haven Hospital has appointed Cynthia N. Sparer as executive director of its children's hospital and vice president for women's and children's services. Sparer has served as interim executive director of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital since May 2010. She will oversee strategic planning, program development, physician recruitment, and operational oversight. Before joining YNHH, Sparer served as senior vice president of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and executive director of the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and the Komansky Center for Children's Health. [Read More]

MIAMI: Kendall Regional MC names trauma director
HCA's Kendall Regional Medical Center has announced the addition of Mark G. McKenney, MD, as medical director of the new South Florida Trauma Center at Kendall Regional (Provisional Level II). The new adult trauma center will be the second in Miami-Dade County, providing a much needed service for the community. McKenney, until recently, was the medical director at Ryder Trauma Center and Chief of Surgery at University of Miami Hospital.[Read More]

BAINBRIDGE, GA: Memorial Hospital and Manor Names Walker CEO
The Authority of Memorial Hospital and Manor has chosen current CFO/interim CEO William J. "Billy" Walker Jr. as the CEO. Walker has been acting as an interim CEO since former President/CEO James Peak's contract was terminated. [Read More]

TAKOMA PARK, MD: Portela named president at Washington Adventist Hospital
Joyce Portela, a healthcare executive with more than 20 years of experience, has been named president of Washington Adventist Hospital. She is charged with leading the 281-bed tertiary health care facility that serves tens of thousands of patients in a region that includes much of Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Portela first joined Washington Adventist Hospital in 2009 as senior executive officer. She replaces Jere Stocks who was assigned to a newly created corporate position as senior vice president and chair of next century health. [Read More]

IRVING, TX: CHRISTUS Health names Woods COO
Eugene "Gene" A. Woods will be joining CHRISTUS Health as the healthcare system's executive vice president/COO this spring. He replaces Ernie Sadau, who assumed the role of president/CEO for CHRISTUS Health on March 1. Woods, 46, joins CHRISTUS with almost 25 years of experience in hospital and health system administration. He has served as CEO of Saint Joseph Health System since 2007, one of the largest wholly-owned, market-based organizations within Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation's second-largest Catholic health care system. [Read More]

WICHITA, KS: Via Christi St. Francis Hospital names president
Via Christi Health has chosen Sherry Hausmann as the president for its hospital on St. Francis. Hausmann will assume her duties there on May 25. The move is part of a plan to have individual leaders at each of Via Christi's hospitals. Hausmann comes to Via Christi from the SSM Health Care System in St. Louis, MO. She serves as president of SSM St. Clare Health Center, which opened in March 2009. [Read More]

MUNCIE, IN: Berfiend named COO at IU Health BMH
Harold Berfiend has been named COO at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Berfiend has been CFO at the hospital since 2009. Since that time, which coincided with Clarian Health -- now Indiana University Health -- assuming control of the local hospital, the hospital's financial picture has improved from a $20 million operating loss to a $3 million operating gain. Before he came to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Berfiend was executive director of integrated/corporate services for Clarian Health Partners and was, before that, corporate controller for Clarian Health. Berfiend succeeds Richard Helsper, who left the COO position in August 2010 and is now COO of the still-under-construction IU Health Saxony Hospital in Fishers. [Read More]

SCRANTON, PA: Mercy CEO to take job in Ohio
Mercy Health Partners President/CEO Kevin Cook has announced his plans to take a job at an Ohio hospital after a pending sale of three local nonprofit hospitals and a number of outpatient facilities to a for-profit company is finalized. Cook joined Mercy Health Partners, which owns Mercy Hospital in Scranton, specialty hospitals in Nanticoke and Tunkhannock and several outpatient facilities, in June 2009 as the president and chief operating officer. He was promoted to president and chief executive officer in March 2010. Mercy Health Partners announced that Cook had accepted a position of COO at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, OH. [Read More]

PORTLAND, OR: Providence Health and Services names Park CEO
Providence Health & Services has named Theron Park CEO of Providence Portland Medical Center. Park, who has served as CEO of Providence Milwaukie Hospital for the last three years, will assume his duties in early April. Park replaces Lisa Vance, who was recently named CEO of Providence's clinical programs and community services in Oregon.[Read More]

HOUSTON: Methodist Hospital CEO Girotto to retire
Ron Girotto, president/CEO of The Methodist Hospital System over the past 10 years, will retire at the end of 2011, the hospital has announced. Girotto, whose tenure was marked by much growth but also the acrimonious divorce between Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine, will be replaced by executive vice president Marc Boom, MD, on Jan. 1. [Read More]

COLUMBUS, WI: Columbus Hospital names new CEO
John Russell, the administrator at Boscobel Area Health Care since 2008, has accepted the position of president/CEO at Columbus Community Hospital. Russell comes to CCH with nearly 20 years of experience in the healthcare arena. Much of his career has focused on critical access hospitals, as he is the former CFO for an organization that specialized in returning struggling critical access hospitals to success, both financially and culturally. Russell was also a consultant to healthcare facilities across the western half of the United States. Russell will assume his role at CCH on May 3.[Read More]

DETROIT: POH Regional Medical Center names new CEO
Clarence Sevillian is the president/CEO of POH Regional Medical Center in Pontiac, replacing long-time chief Patrick Lamberti, the hospital announced. Sevillian has been with the Flint-based McLaren Health Care since 1998 and headed Doctors' Hospital of Michigan, also in Pontiac since 2008, while McLaren held a minority partnership in the hospital. When McLaren sold its investment back to the hospital last month, Sevillian resigned. He was replaced by David Sessions, a veteran healthcare executive in metro Detroit. [Read More]

TUCSON, AZ: University Medical Center welcomes new executives
University Medical Center named a CEO and CFO. Kevin Burns, the hospital's CFO since 2002, is the hospital's president/CEO, succeeding Greg Pivirotto, who retired in January. Pivirotto had led the hospital since 1994. Misty Darling Hansen, the hospital's chief accounting officer, is UMC's new CFO. She joined UMC in 2001. [Read More]

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