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Payroll May Be Healthcare's Biggest Cost Driver
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Healthcare is labor-intensive, and labor is the highest single budget item for most healthcare organizations, grabbing about 60% or more of the budget at hospitals. Compensating 14 million people doesn't come cheap.[Read More]

  April 25, 2011

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3 in 4 Employers to Increase Health Plan Deductibles or Copays
When we talk about "cost containment" in healthcare in this country, we are talking about passing expenses on to consumers. A survey from United Benefits Advisors has found that employers will continue to shift healthcare benefit costs to employees either by increased contributions or plan design. The good news is that employers are committed to providing healthcare benefits to active employees and their dependents. [Read More]
AMGA: Internal, Family Medicine Top Hiring Priorities
Thanks at least in part to healthcare reform initiatives, physician groups are beginning to hire again, the 2010 Physician Retention Survey from the American Medical Group Association shows. Eighty-three percent of the responding medical groups said that they will hire more or significantly more primary care physicians, specialists, and advanced practitioners in 2011. [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]
Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
DALLAS: Tenet names CEO at Park Plaza Hospital
Tenet Healthcare Corp. has announced that Park Plaza Hospital has appointed John Tressa as its CEO. Tressa has served as the hospital's interim CEO since January 2010, and had previously served as COO since 2006. As CEO, Tressa will oversee strategic, operational and clinical activities for the 444-bed acute care hospital located in Houston, TX. Before serving as COO at Park Plaza, Tressa was vice president of patient care services/CNO at Northeast Medical Center from 2003 to 2006. [Read More]

SALINAS, CA: President/CEO Downing to retire from SVMH
Sam Downing, the longtime president/CEO of the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, announced that he will retire from his post April 30. A 40-year employee of the healthcare system which operates Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Downing announced his departure one day after health care system officials said that as many as 200 employees would have to be laid off by June 15 and just several hours following a special closed session of the system's board of directors. Earning slightly more than $790,000 in 2009, Downing is believed to be the third-highest paid hospital executive in California according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of state controller's records. [Read More]

SAN FRANCISCO: Alameda County Med Center hires chief strategy officer
Alameda County Medical Center has added to its executive team by hiring Warren Lyons as its chief strategy and integration officer. Lyons, who most recently was a senior operations executive at Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, reports to CEO Wright Lassiter III. In what the hospital calls his "dual role," Lyons is responsible for recommending and implementing the public system's strategic plan, external and legislative affairs, corporate communications, "service line strategy," and system integration.[Read More]

LOS ANGELES: Tri-City Regional Med Center gets CEO
Clifford B. Shiepe has been named CEO of Tri-City Regional Medical Center, a non-profit hospital serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He was unanimously appointed CEO by the hospital's Board of Directors, which cited his extensive experience at some of the most noted hospitals in the country, including Stanford University Hospital, USC University Hospital, and Scripps Clinics, as criteria for his selection. Shiepe most recently served as senior vice president of Tri-City Regional Medical Center and, before that, as chairman of the board of directors of Tri-City Regional Medical Center, after serving for more than five years as COO/ interim CEO of Victor Valley Community Hospital.[Read More]

DENVER: Williams to lead Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation
Luanne Williams is stepping down as executive director/CEO of the Colorado Neurological Institute to become executive director of the Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation. Her appointment was announced by Reginald Washington, MD, chairman of the RMCHF board and chief medical officer at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Prior to CNI, Williams was vice president of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and president/CEO of the Northwest Metro Chamber of Commerce. [Read More]

GREAT NECK, NY North Shore-LIJ appoints CMO; names Medical Director
The North Shore-LIJ Health System has appointed Jeremy Boal, MD, the former medical director of Long Island Jewish Medical Center, as CMO. Boal is responsible for the overall management of clinical, education, research and operational issues related to the medical and clinical affairs of the 15-hospital health system, which has more than 9,000 affiliated physicians throughout the New York metropolitan area, including 2,000 full-time faculty. In a related announcement, North Shore-LIJ appointed Richard Schwarz, MD, to succeed Boal as medical director of LIJ Medical Center, a 452-bed adult tertiary care teaching hospital located on the Queens-Nassau border. [Read More]

TEMPLE, TX: Kenneth Starr elected to Scott & White Healthcare board
Former Independent Counsel and Clinton Administration nemesis Kenneth Starr has been elected to the Scott & White Healthcare Board of Trustees. Starr, who became President of Baylor University in June 2010, served as a law clerk to both Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer. Starr was appointed Independent Counsel for five investigations from 1994-1999. He served as United States Circuit Judge for the D.C. Circuit from 1983-1989 and as Solicitor General of the United States from 1989-1993. He has argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. [Read More]

TAMPA: Hoffe named director of physician services at Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt Cancer Center has appointed Sarah Hoffe, MD, director of Physician Services and Radiation Oncology service chief for Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza, which is scheduled to open July 1. Hoffe was named the 2009 Physician of the Year at Moffitt, demonstrating the importance of this position to the organization. She will lead several multidisciplinary cancer-treating teams at the new center. [Read More]

MINNEAPOLIS: Fromm named CFO at Fairview Health Services
Dan Fromm has been named CFO at Fairview Health Services, the health provider has announced. Fromm replaces Jim Fox, who announced his retirement last year. Fromm, who joined Minneapolis-based Fairview in 2000, has been serving as interim CFO since June. Before joining Fairview, Fromm was controller at Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.[Read More]

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX: Christus Santa Rosa Health System names CNO
Christus Santa Rosa Health System has named Patty Toney vice president/CNO. Toney served in this role on an interim basis since January while working concurrently as CNO at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital - New Braunfels. Toney will retain her current role in New Braunfels.[Read More]

MONTOUR FALLS, NY: Schuyler Hospital announces CEO
The Schuyler Hospital board of directors has named Andrew Manzer as the next president/CEO for Schuyler Hospital. Manzer will succeed Rick Stelzer, who will retire from a 45-year healthcare career on June 30. Manzer currently serves as vice president of operations at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH. He previously served as vice president of support services at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. Manzer is a native of the region and plans to start at Schuyler Hospital on June 1 so he can work alongside Stelzer prior to his retirement. [Read More]

UPLAND, CA: San Antonio Community Hospital names CEO
San Antonio Community Hospital officials have named the CEO of a San Diego's Alvarado Hospital as the new president/CEO. Harris F. Koenig succeeds former CEO Steven C. Moreau, who left the job on Dec. 1. Koenig will be the sixth CEO in the hospital's 106-year history. He will start work in June, according to a hospital news release. [Read More]

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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
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Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
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May 18, 2011
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