4 St. Louis Healthcare CFOs are Ones to Know
Becker’s Hospital Review has named four St. Louis health care CFOs to its “150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know” list, which highlights individuals who “helped navigate through the ever-changing regulations surrounding the health care industry,” the St. Louis Business Journal reports. The St. Louis CFOs listed include Scott Johnson of St. Luke’s Hospital, Rhonda Anderson of Ascension Health, Kevin Roberts of BJC Healthcare and Kris Zimmer of SSM Health.
Kettering College Partnering with Kettering Medical Center for In-Depth Clinical Rotation Program
Kettering College recently announced it is partnering with Kettering Medical Center to offer its nursing students a unique, immersive clinical rotation program called a ‘dedicated education unit,’ or DEU. According to the Xenia Gazette, the program assigns each student a nurse preceptor with whom they each work closely in a one-on-one or one-on-two environment, providing a realistic work experience and more focused, in-depth instruction. Like a traditional rotation, the program is still a semester-long clinical rotation and requires 250 hours of patient care as well as the attendance of related classes. This partnership is only the third DEU program to be established in the state of Ohio.
As Healthcare Transforms, St. Helena Hospital is Ready
Despite its rural location, St. Helena Hospital is primed for success amid the rapidly changing landscape of healthcare. Its recent revamping of facilities like the ICU, surgery rooms, patient rooms and a family birthing unit have brought it up to speed technically, but philosophically the hospital has been on the right track for years, according to the Napa Valley Register. Preventative care is a top priority for the hospital now more than ever with the recent appointment of Dr. Steven Herber as CEO. St. Helena is offering birthing and weight loss classes and looking for ways to partner with other organizations to promote wellness and keep patients healthy long-term rather than utilizing a “band-aid approach,” treating individual ailments as they come.
Editorial: Healthcare, Faith and Conscience
In light of the controversy regarding employer’s religious beliefs versus required health care coverage, recent legislation aims to minimize the conflict. Roman Catholic hospitals, which account for 27 percent of admissions in Illinois according to the Chicago Tribune, are forbidden by their faith to provide abortion, contraceptives or sterilizations, which some fear may discourage providers from providing all the options available to patients seeking these treatments. Under the most recent proposed legislation, the providers would not be required to comply with the treatments but would be required to inform patients of all available medical options and where the patients can go to receive them.
Ascension to Pay Workers at Least $11 an Hour
Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Roman Catholic health system, announced it has instituted a system-wide minimum wage of $11 per hour, effective July 5, 2015, according to Modern Healthcare. About 10,500 individuals, which accounts for approximately 7 percent of the system’s work force, will receive raises under the new policy. Additionally, 11 other subsidiaries of Ascension Health’s parent company, Ascension, will enact the same wage adjustment. The company joins other large companies such as Target and Wal-Mart making similar changes.