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Wellness Study Puts Price Tag on Unhealthy Behavior
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Employers can slow healthcare cost increases by incentivizing employees with richer healthcare benefits if they improve their health metrics, Thomson Reuters data shows. [Read More]

  April 18, 2011

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HHS Unveils $1B Program to Reduce Medical Errors
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced - a $1 billion patient safety initiative aimed at saving lives and reducing hospital readmissions . Partnership for Patients is public-private collaboration that includes hospitals, employers, health plans, physicians, nurses and patient advocates, Sebelius said Tuesday in a webcast. PFP will focus on hospital safety with the goal of reducing patient care injuries by 40%, saving 60,000 lives, and reducing hospital readmissions by 20% over the next three years. The $1 billion in federal funding for the initiative will be made available under the Affordable Care Act. Today, Effective immediately, $500 million was made available through the Community-based Care Transitions Program. Up to $500 million more will be dedicated from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center to support demonstrations related to reducing hospital-acquired conditions. [Read More]
Hospitalist Firms Cogent, HMG to Merge
Cogent Healthcare and Hospitalists Management Group are merging to form the largest private hospitalist company in the nation, the companies declared in a joint statement Wednesday. The new company—to be called Cogent-HMG—will be headquartered in Nashville, TN, and will have nearly 1,000 affiliated hospitalists and extenders practicing at more than 100 healthcare facilities in 27 states, the two companies announced. Financial terms were not disclosed. "This combination is a direct result of our strategic outlook for the future of healthcare in the U.S.," Stephen Houff, MD, founder/CEO of Canton, OH-based HMG, said in the joint statement. Houff, who will become CEO of the combined company, said the merger will create "a stronger platform to help hospitals meet healthcare reform demands mandating greater transparency, quality and cost efficiency." [Read More]
Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care? accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot. [Read More]
Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media on May 11 for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. [Read More]
Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures
At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media on May 18 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
MIAMI, FL: Banker to lead Jackson Health
Carlos Migoya, a veteran banker with no healthcare experience, was picket to become the next CEO of the financially troubled Jackson Health System by a 9-5 vote of the governing board. After negotiating a contract that could pay him up to $975,000, Migoya will likely take over the system on June 1, only a month before Miami-Dade's public hospitals are expected to enter a severe cash crunch that could require drastic cuts. [Read More]

HARRISBURG, PA: PinnacleHealth names Young CEO/president
PinnacleHealth System announced that Michael A. Young will be appointed president/CEO and will join PinnacleHealth in June 2011. In this role, Young will be responsible to the board of directors for the executive management of the health system. Young will have overarching responsibility for assessing, developing, and integrating efforts related to enhancing patient-focused care, while continuing the system's legacy as the leading, competitive healthcare provider. Young has more than 25 years' experience in leadership positions with health systems throughout the country. Young currently serves as president/CEO of Grady Health System and Grady Memorial Hospital, a 953-bed academic hospital in Atlanta. [Read More]

LINCOLN, NE: Lanik to transition to CHI Nebraska leadership role
Bob Lanik, CEO of Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Lincoln, NE and senior vice president of divisional operations for CHI, will transition to his role as CEO of CHI Nebraska on a full-time basis. A search for a CEO for Saint Elizabeth will begin in late April, beginning with the identification of interested candidates within CHI. Lanik will continue in his role as Saint Elizabeth's CEO until a CEO is named. He has been CEO of Saint Elizabeth since 1984. [Read More]

LEXINGTON, KY: Klockars named interim CEO at St. Joseph Health System
Bruce Klockars has been appointed interim CEO of Saint Joseph Health System in Lexington and senior vice president of divisional operations for Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. In his role, which becomes effective May 3, Klockars will lead the health system's daily operations and serve as the representative for Kentucky on both the CHI Operations Team and Operations Leadership Group. He succeeds Eugene Woods as CEO. Woods is leaving to join CHRISTUS Health in Texas as the system's new executive vice president/COO. [Read More]

TEMPLE, TX: Pryor takes reins as president/CEO at Scott & White
Robert W. Pryor, MD, has taken his place as president/CEO of Scott & White Healthcare. He succeeds Alfred B. Knight, MD, who has assumed a leadership role as president of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation. The Scott & White Healthcare Board of Trustees announced selection of Pryor in August 2010. Pryor, 59, served as CMO of Scott & White since 2005 and additionally as COO since August 2007. Glen R. Couchman, MD, a 28-year Scott & White veteran, was named to succeed Pryor as chief medical officer in September 2010. [Read More]

ENGLEWOOD, CO: Change in leadership at MGMA Gov't Affairs office.
The Medical Group Management Association announced the planned retirement of Patrick F. Smith Jr., JD, after an extensive career shaping healthcare policy and more than 14 years with MGMA. Anders M. Gilberg has been promoted to lead MGMA's Washington, DC, office as senior vice president of Government Affairs, effective July, 2011. Currently MGMA's vice president for public and private economic affairs, Gilberg has served MGMA for nearly 10 years during two periods of employment and has held several MGMA positions, including congressional lobbyist. Gilberg also served as assistant director of federal affairs for the American Medical Association. [Read More]

KILLEEN, TX: Maxfield name CEO at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights
Matt Maxfield was named CEO for Seton Family of Hospital's planned Killeen-area facility.The $100-million project, called Seton Medical Center Harker Heights is scheduled to open in fall 2012. The 83-bed facility will total 192,400 square feet and create 1,967 jobs within 10 years, officials estimate. Maxfield will assume the top position on April 25. He worked previously with Brownwood Regional Medical Center, where he served as CEO for nearly seven years. [Read More]

Mission Viejo, CAL Mission Hospital CEO plans to resign
Mission Hospital President/CEO Peter Bastone plans to step down June 30 to pursue other opportunities. A search for his replacement is expected to begin shortly. A search for his replacement is expected to begin shortly. Bastone joined the South County medical institution in 1996. [Read More]

Gooding, ID: North Canyon Medical Center hires Butler as CEO
North Canyon Medical Center has hired David Butler to fill the role of CEO. A seasoned healthcare executive with nearly 25 years of executive leadership experience, Butler will assume his new duties at North Canyon on May 3. Before joining North Canyon Medical Center, Butler was president/CEO at Jellico Community Hospital in Jellico, TN, a not-for-profit, 54-bed, acute care facility under the direction of Adventist Health System.[Read More]

DURANT, OK: Durant welcomes hospital CEO
Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma welcomed the CEO, Patricia Dorris. The CEO of the hospital oversees the operations of both the hospital and it's affiliate clinics. Dorris, who replaced Jackie Harms after her retirement, said she enjoys her position and was honored when it was offered to her. Dorris began her healthcare career as a nurse, and served as president of Integris Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City.[Read More]

LOGANSPORT, IN: Logansport Memorial names VP
Logansport Memorial Hospital has named Jim Schrader vice president of operations and physician practices. Schrader has been with Logansport Memorial Hospital since 2000 as vice president of facility services. Schrader will be responsible for medical practice operations, the Community Pharmacy and the Hospital Pharmacy, and will continue to oversee facility operations. [Read More]

SANFORD, ME: Goodall Hospital taps CEO
Goodall Hospital has named a president/CEO. The hospital's Board of Trustees announced today it has appointed Patricia "Patsy" Aprile to take the hospitals' top job on June 1. Aprile has been vice president of operations at Goodall for the past six years, running the day-to-day operations and overseeing multiple building and expansion projects. Aprile joined Goodall in May 2005 after serving as an executive director at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. Aprile will replace CEO Darlene Stromstad, who has accepted the CEO position of Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, CT.[Read More]

HARRIS, NY: Catskill Regional CEO quits, cites health issues
Steve Ruwoldt, citing health reasons, resigned as Catskill Regional Medical Center CEO. Ruwoldt said he had a pacemaker installed in November and decided in recent days to take a break from the grind of running a hospital. [Read More]

KANSAS CITY, MO: Eye named CNO at Saint Luke's Northland
Jeffrey Eye, RN, has been named CNO at Saint Luke's Northland Hospital. In his role, Eye is responsible for all aspects of patient care and the oversight and supervision of nursing personnel throughout the facility. Most recently, Eye served for five years as director of acute, inpatient and emergency services at Saint Luke's Northland Hospital. Prior to that, he worked for three years at Truman Medical Center - Hospital Hill, where he started as an assistant patient care manager and worked his way up to manager of emergency services. He also worked at the University of Missouri Hospital. [Read More]

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