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ASHHRA Survey Details HR's Strategic Priorities
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

More than any other area of healthcare leadership, HR straddles a unique position between the strategic long view, and rubber-hits-the-road tactical implementation. At the strategic level, it's about matching the employee with the mission, American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration survey results show.[Read More]

  July 25, 2011

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Baystate Health Cuts 354 Jobs
Baystate Health said it will eliminate 354 jobs from its payroll—including 169 filled positions—to help offset financial woes that the Springfield, MA health system blames mainly on lower patient volumes and reduced Medicaid reimbursements. [Read More]
CHS, Geisinger Announce Scranton Acquisitions
Community Health Systems, Inc.—which acquired Scranton's Regional Hospital in April— has announced that it will buy the nearby nonprofit Moses Taylor Health Care System. About one hour after the announcement, Geisinger Health System said it would acquire Community Medical Center, located near the CHS hospitals in Scranton. [Read More]
Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
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Date: July 27, 2011
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Executives on the Move
ATLANTA, GA: Grady CEO faces financial, political hurdles
From gearing up for the healthcare overhaul to dealing with rising numbers of uninsured patients, John Haupert will confront an array of hurdles as Grady Health System's CEO. While they are substantial, the challenges facing Grady aren't new territory for Haupert, who currently serves as executive vice president/COO of Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas. A team of Grady corporate board members spent months sifting through hundreds of applications following the resignation of former CEO Michael Young earlier this year. [Read More]

BOSTON, MA: Tufts Medical Center taps CEO
Tufts Medical Center has tapped Eric J. Beyer, an insider who built up its doctors group over the past five years, to be CEO of the 415-bed Boston hospital. Beyer, 50, will take the reins Oct. 1, the start of the hospital's fiscal year. He succeeds CEO, Ellen M. Zane, 60, who will retire at the end of September. The appointment assures continuity at the city's oldest hospital. Beyer has worked closely with Zane, who has been widely credited with leading a financial turnaround at Tufts. The hospital was losing more than $18 million when she arrived in 2004 but posted a profit of $5.3 million last year. [Read More]

The Medical Group Management Association has selected a chief with as strong a background in health IT as practically any other leader of a healthcare organization not specifically dedicated to IT promotion. MGMA, an Englewood, CO-based organization comprised of group physician practice administrators and leaders, has named Susan L. Turney, MD, to succeed William F. Jessee, MD, as president and CEO. Jessee, himself a vocal advocate for IT adoption in healthcare, will retire after 12 years in charge. MGMA says its 22,500 members lead 13,600 healthcare organizations that provide more than 40% of the healthcare services delivered in the United States. [Read More]

ANN ARBOR, MI: Strong reappointed as U-M Hospitals & Health Centers CEO
Doug Strong, who has led the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers through ambitious growth and successful navigation of a serious economic downturn, has been reappointed for a second five-year term. The University's Regents voted on the recommendation put forth by Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, MD, executive vice president for medical affairs, and endorsed by University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman. The reappointment will take effect Aug. 1. [Read More]

AUSTIN, TX: St. David's Medical Center names CEO
St. David's HealthCare has announced that Donald H. Wilkerson has been named CEO of St. David's Medical Center. Wilkerson has more than 35 years of experience in hospital administration; he has served as CEO of St. David's North Austin Medical Center since June 1998. Wilkerson replaces C. David Huffstutler, who was named president/CEO of St. David's HealthCare in February 2011. Wilkerson will assume his new position once his replacement at St. David's North Austin Medical Center is named. [Read More]

DALLAS, TX: Phillips named president of Methodist Mansfield MC
Methodist Health System has named John Phillips president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. Phillips, who currently serves as regional COO of Christus, St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, will join the Methodist team on Aug. 22. Phillips is a seasoned health care executive who began his career at Hendrick Health System in Abilene nearly 15 years ago. Since 2008, Phillips has worked for ChristusHealth, at St. Michael Health System where he oversaw operations of a 312-bed non-profit tertiary, acute care hospital, a 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital, a 30-bed LTACH, home care, and an employed physician group. [Read More]

CRYSTAL CITY, MO: CFO named at Jefferson Regional Medical Center
Jefferson Regional Medical Center at Crystal City has named Dan Eckenfels as its CFO. Most recently, Eckenfels had been responsible for the annual audit of the financial statements for Jefferson Regional. Now he fills the CFO vacancy created when Jim Muehlhauser was promoted to the medical center's chief executive and president in October. [Read More]

BRIDGEPORT, CT: Roth named COO at Bridgewater Hospital
Norman G. Roth has been named the COO of Bridgeport Hospital and Senior Vice President of Yale New Haven Health System, effective Sept. 1. He succeeds Hope Juckel-Regan, who retired at the end of June. Roth has been with Yale-New Haven Hospital since 1979, most recently as Senior Vice President for Administration.[Read More]

POINT PLEASANT, WV: Pleasant Valley names CEO
Pleasant Valley Hospital recently named Tom Schauer as the new Chief Executive Officer of the not-for-profit healthcare facility. Schauer's new role was made effective on June 20. Since February 2011, Schauer has served as Interim CEO. [Read More]

EASTON, MD: Kozel named president/CEO at Shore Health System
Shore Health System has named Kenneth D. Kozel president and CEO of the Easton-based company. Kozel has worked in healthcare for 23 years, most recently serving as president of the two Upper Chesapeake Health hospitals in Harford County. Kozel will begin his new job Oct. 3. Shore Health System includes two hospitals, Memorial Hospital in Easton and Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge, as well as other facilities in Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Queen Anne's counties. [Read More]

HARTFORD, CT: Aetna Aligned Care Solutions names chief
Aetna has announced the appointment of Charles Kennedy, MD, to the position of head of Aetna Aligned Care Solutions. Kennedy will lead this business segment focused on collaborating with health systems to make the transformational changes needed in healthcare ? changes that lead to higher quality, greater coordination, and an overall better patient health care experience. [Read More]

CHICAGO: HFMA President/CEO Clarke to retire in 2012
Richard L. Clarke, president/CEO of the Healthcare Financial Management Association has announced that he will retire July 31, 2012. HFMA is a professional membership association with more than 37,000 members in 68 chapters who share an interest in the financial management of the delivery of healthcare services. Clarke has been president/CEO since 1986. With the announcement, HFMA will soon begin its search for a successor. [Read More]

DOUGLAS, WY: MHCC reels in Smith as CEO
A months-long search to find a new CEO has resulted in the hiring of Ryan Smith to lead Memorial Hospital of Converse County. Smith was among three finalists who were brought to Douglas for interviews over the past month, after a round of video conference interviews involving seven candidates. The hospital received about 150 initial applications. Smith has an employment contract preventing him from starting sooner, so he is scheduled to assume his new position on Dec. 1. He will earn $300,000 anually as CEO in Douglas. [Read More]

WICHITA, KS: Via Christi Hospitals Wichita selects Nesbit as CMO
Stephen Nesbit, DO, has been recruited to serve as CMO for Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, effective Sept. 6. Nesbit comes to Via Christi from Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL, where for the past two years he has served as CMO. Before that, he served as senior vice president/CMO for St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO, which at the time was owned by Catholic Health Initiatives.[Read More]

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, IL: Lewis to depart Adventist GlenOaks Hospital
Brinsley Lewis, CEO at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, IL, is leaving after 12 years on the job. He will become president/CEO of University Community Hospital-Carrollwood in Tampa, FL on Aug. 1. In Lewis's 12 years, the size of the hospital's medical staff has grown from 150 to 350. He said GlenOaks officials would be looking at remodeling and even expanding hospital facilities. Lewis has been working with Bruce Christian, the hospital's interim CEO, who might consider the position as a permanent assignment. [Read More]

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