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SK&A’s annual report of the largest parent companies of medical groups has Kaiser Permanente remaining on top, beating the second-ranked system by nearly 10,000 unique physicians.

Financial challenges remained the biggest concern for hospital CEOs, according to a survey conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). But, in a shift from prior years, personnel shortages were a bigger worry for healthcare leaders than issues of patient safety and quality.

Less than a year after ending his 16-year tenure at the helm of General Electric (GE), Jeff Immelt has been named chairman of Watertown, Massachusetts-based technology company Athenahealth, which cited his experience in expanding GE Healthcare and a “deep understanding of system economics and patient outcomes” after leading such a large payer of health benefits.

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Carolinas HealthCare System is renaming itself Atrium Health, a rebranding the 40-hospital system said reflects it growth from a Charlotte-centric provider to a regional powerhouse.

In 2000, less than 25 percent of U.S. hospitals with more than 50 beds had palliative care teams. By 2015, that number had jumped to 75 percent, which, according to a study published in Health Affairs, can be largely attributed to training and leadership initiatives.

 

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Rick Stevens to join BJC HealthCare as president of Christian Hospital

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NorthBay Healthcare joins Mayo Clinic Network

NorthBay Healthcare has become the first health care organization in Northern California to join the rapidly growing Mayo Clinic Care Network.

St. Francis Healthcare names new CEO for Memphis

Saint Francis Healthcare's has announced Audrey Gregory as the new CEO for the Memphis market after leading a Tenet Healthcare Corp. hospital in California.

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DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. has acquired Family Health Care of Central Florida to expand its presence in Orlando metro area, reported Zacks.

Healthcare tech vet Gary Christian joins REACH Health as COO

REACH Health, a telemedicine software company, has announced Gary Christian has been appointed to the senior executive team as COO, responsible for operations and finance.

Anthem, Cigna deal at risk after letters reveal bickering among executives

Problems have surfaced in the Anthem Inc's $48 billion proposed acquirement of Cigna Corp, as the health insurers seek regulatory approval for their landmark deal, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Trials of former healthcare executives set the stage for new federal tactics

The trials of former healthcare executives from Allergan and Johnson & Johnson are taking place in Boston to show the federal governments new push to hold more individuals accountable for alleged corporate crimes, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Intermountain Healthcare announces new CEO

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VA Healthcare System names Morgan new director

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Utah-based Avalon Healthcare Group to acquire 10 skilled nursing centers from Springfield-based Pinnacle Healthcare

Avalon Healthcare Group announced plans to acquire 10 skilled nursing facilities in Oregon, including three in Eugene, reports The Register-Guard.

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