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  • Why work-life balance and well-being are critical to recruiting top talent
    by OstermanCron on January 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

    In Gallup’s State of the American Workplace survey, more than half of employees named work-life balance and overall well-being as two of the most important factors they consider when choosing to work for an organization. Well-being is more than just physical health Well-being is more than just feeling healthy or avoiding sickness and injury. Yet many employers concentrate on the most basic needs of physiological comfort and safety — healthy food, natural light, ergonomics, privacy, and infection […]

  • 4 innovative ways to improve healthcare employees’ well-being
    by OstermanCron on January 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

    “Physician, heal thyself.” Facing increased errors, inadequate patient care, and high turnover rates, healthcare facilities are heeding this age-old advice with initiatives to improve the well-being of their doctors, nurses, and administration staff. Most healthcare organizations already have wellness programs in place that target employees’ physical health. They address the most basic needs of physiological safety, comfort, and fitness via infection control, ergonomics, natural light, healthy […]

  • Putting employees’ well-being first yield long-term benefits
    by OstermanCron on January 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Keith Cron, co-founder and president, and Carol Cron, wellness director, of OstermanCron discuss workplace wellness and how the office environment and office furniture improve employee’s productivity and well-being in a podcast. Here are highlights. Workplace wellness is more than physical health: “Wellness is more than just feeling healthy or avoiding sickness or injury,” says Keith Cron. “It’s more holistic. It’s more social and emotional and mental health. It must address them all. […]

  • Workplace design impacts employee well-being and creativity
    by OstermanCron on January 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Improving employee well-being has long been a hot topic among business leaders, but the conversation is usually limited to physical wellness — that’s why so many new office spaces include amenities like free snacks, fitness centers, and play areas. Employers need to recognize how the work environment can also affect staff members’ mental health, which studies show has a direct connection to creativity and, in turn, company growth and prosperity. According to the American Psychological Association […]

  • Ambulatory surgery seen as a cost-effective option locally and worldwide
    by Paul Lane on January 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Area ambulatory surgery centers say they, like many of their colleagues around the globe, have seen business growth in recent years. […]

  • Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center appoints new execs as part of leadership shake-up
    by Olivia Pulsinelli on January 19, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Just a few day after the abrupt departure of a few top executives, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center has made some new appointments. According to a Jan. 18 press release, the newly appointed executives are: Dr. John Byrne, senior vice president and chief medical officer. He most recently served as chief medical officer for HCA Gulf Coast Division, a local hospital system that's part of Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: HCA). Loretta Lee, acting chief nursing officer. Her mor […]

  • GIC plans listening sessions, but few changes proposed
    by Katie Lannan on January 19, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    A year after proposed health insurance changes for state employees and retirees prompted "concern, confusion and havoc," the Group Insurance Commission previewed a 2020 plan design that steers clear of major changes. […]

  • Bay Area health-care organization reaches $610 million deal to sell four hospitals
    by Dean Boerner on January 18, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Nonprofit healthcare system Verity Health has reached a potential breakthrough in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings with an agreement to sell four of its six hospitals for $610 million to a group based in Southern California. Two of the four hospitals in Verity Health’s asset purchase agreement with KPC Group are located in Northern California. Seton Medical Center is in Daly City, and its sister facility Seton Coastside is found down the coast in Moss Beach. The other two hospitals in t […]

  • Oregon state employees have richer benefits and pay less than neighboring states, report says
    by Elizabeth Hayes on January 18, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Oregon state employees contribute less to their premiums than state employees in Washington, Idaho and Nevada, according to the report from Milliman. […]

  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center hires new COO from Michigan health system
    by Chris Mathews on January 18, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center named Rosanna Morris as its new chief operating officer in a Jan. 17 statement. Morris will join M.D. Anderson from her role as president of Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak — a 1,100-bed academic medical center that's part of Beaumont Health, Michigan's largest health system. She brings with her more than 20 years of leadership experience in patient care, planning, and clinical and hospital operations, per the statement. Morris, a registered nurse, […]

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