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When Young Came to Town….

11 September, 2008 Posted by John G. Self
His 550-bed teaching hospital and a 586 bed nursing home Erie County Medical Center and Erie County Home (ECMC) – recently separated from Erie County the result of a sale to a new created public benefit corporation – had no bank account and little cash. The heavily unionized workforce was not tuned in to accountability or the importance of productivity. Excessive benefits drove wage/salary and benefit costs to Read more»

Press 1 For English

22 August, 2008 Posted by John G. Self
BUFFALO, New York – We hear about the graying of America. For healthcare providers, that poses formidable challenges. As baby boomers reach retirement/Medicare age, the financial crisis we are seeing today will only intensify. With continuing cuts in government spending, hospitals will be faced with doing more with less. So what else is new? An immigration flood – some illegal, most not. Read more»

Succession Planning: Two Perspectives

2 July, 2008 Posted by John G. Self
There are two points of view on the merits of this concept: good and horrible. Supporters, who tout succession planning, often include a cadre of the usual suspects -- executive search consultants and leadership gurus who will profit from this initiative. Certainly there are governing boards and CEOs, primarily at the larger health systems and hospitals, which spend considerable time discussing this topic. The detr Read more»