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CEO turnover surges in February

After a slow start during January, chief executive officer departures surged in February to a 17-month high of 132, 48 percent more than the 89 CEO changes announced a month earlier, according to the latest report about chief executive turnover from global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

Last month's total was 61 percent higher than the 82 CEO changes recorded during February 2009. It is highest monthly total since 140 chief executives vacated their offices during September 2008, and may mark the beginning of an upturn in CEO turnover as companies shift their focus from survival to growth.

March 2010

MGH seeking nominees for businesswomen awards

The Mason General Hospital Foundation is seeking nominations for individuals to be honored at its 13th annual American Business Women's Day Luncheon.

Every year, the foundation honors three outstanding businesswomen who are or were successful in their occupations, work or have worked in Mason County, and are active and volunteer in their community.

March 2010

Members needed for Washington nursing commission

Applications for open positions on the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission are being accepted through the end of March. State health officials are especially interested in recruiting applicants for the open public member position.

In addition to recruiting a member of the general public, the state Department of Health is accepting applications for three positions to be filled by nurses.

March 2010

New job-vacancy report reveals reasons for optimism

On the heels of the first month of positive job numbers in more than a year, a new job-vacancy report provides further evidence that Washington's economic outlook may be brightening.

Job openings fell an estimated 2 percent between spring 2009 and fall 2009, according to Employment Security's Fall 2009 Washington Job-Vacancy Survey.

March 2010

State launches to help consumers

In an effort to counter consumer fraud, and to give Washington residents a way to report crooked businesses, the Department of Revenue, Department of Labor and Industries and several other agencies have established, which allows consumers to easily check to see if a business is registered before they sign on the dotted line.

The site also allows consumers to report cases of suspected fraud.

March 2010

Healthy Breakfast to showcase top WorkWell employers

Find out who is "walking the talk"and rising to the top by supporting employee health and wellness programs and doing their part in health care awareness.

Eight WorkWell designation awards will be presented during the fourth annual Healthy Breakfast Showcase, scheduled for 7:30 to 10 a.m. March 23 at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma.

March 2010

People on the Move

Chris Paddison has joined Sound Physicians as chief operating officer. He has more than 25 years of health car management experience, including serving as vice president and global leader of the pharmaceutical and health care practice at A. T. Kearney, president of Essilor Laboratories of America and co-leader of the U.S. health care practice at McKinsey & Co. Paddison has an undergraduate degree from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Misao Thompson of Strader Hallett & Co. P.S. Certified Public Accountants has earned her CPA certification and licensing. She primarily works with small businesses in helping them with their computerized accounting systems, including Quick Books, income taxes and payroll tax preparation.

March 2010

People on the Move

Steven McCarty has joined Sound Physicians as general counsel. He previously was vice president, legal counsel with Catholic Health Initiatives. Prior to CHI, McCarty also practiced law with Jones Day. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame, and his jurist doctorate degree from Capital University Law School.

Laura Hershkowitz D.O. has joined MultiCare Health System. She is a board-certified neurologist and neurophysiologist with special qualifications in epilepsy. Hershkowitz received her medical training at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining MultiCare, Hershkowitz served for more than a decade as a regional epileptologist and the director of neurophysiology at Hamot Medical Center and Hamot Neuroscience Institute in Erie, Pa.

March 2010

Prescribers must soon convert to tamper-resistant paper

Special prescription pads intended to increase patient safety and stop people from stealing or altering existing prescriptions will soon be required in Washington. With the deadline approaching, state health officials advise prescribers to order tamper-resistant supplies now.

All health care providers who write prescriptions in Washington will have to use tamper-resistant prescription pad paper under a law that goes into effect July 1. The law says that all prescription paper or pads must have the state Board of Pharmacy approval seal.

February 2010

St. Anthony among best in patient satisfaction

St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor will mark its one-year anniversary on March 17 with a major award for patient satisfaction.
The Franciscan Health System hospital has earned the "Excellence through Insight Award" from HealthStream Research. The 80-bed community hospital has one of the highest patient-satisfaction ratings among all 1,100 HealthStream clients in the United States.

February 2010
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