“April 26, 1999 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

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Think turnover among laboratory executives and administrators is high? Get a load of this! Among CEOs at the nation’s 4,838 general, non-federal acute-care hospitals, the turnover rate was 16.9% during 1998. This was up from 12.1% in 1997. It means that one of every six hospitals got a new CEO last year, and three of ten hospitals got a new CEO during the last two years. The survey was performed by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Hospital CEO turnover affects lab administrators and pathologists in several ways. It disrupts management planning for major laboratory initiatives, because the new CEO often arrives at the hospital with different criteria and priorities.

Accumed International was recently awarded a patent for a “Method and Apparatus for Automatically Detecting Malignancy-Associated Changes.” The company is working on cytodiagnostic technology aimed at improving the early detection of several types of cancer, including lung cancer.


Congratulations are in order for two former War College faculty members who recently earned promotions. Glen Fine, CEO of MDS-Hudson Valley Laboratories (MDS-HVL) of Poughkeepsie, New York, has been appointed Vice President of Operations for MDS Laboratory Services in the United States. Glen will move to Nashville in July and work from the MDS headquarters office there. Glen presented the MDS-HVL case study at the 1996 Executive War College in Pittsburgh.

Roman Szumski, M.D. is leaving Calgary Laboratory Services in Calgary, Alberta, where he was President and CEO. He will join MDS, Inc. of Canada full-time to develop diagnostics opportunities resulting from new advances in genomics, bioinformatics and microtechnologies. At the 1997 Executive War College, Roman presented the case study of the Calgary laboratory regionalization project. It created a single hospital/ commercial lab organization which lowered the region’s lab costs by 30% while maintaining service levels.


New President and CEO at Calgary Laboratory Services is Rosemary Pahl, M.D. Meanwhile, perceptive readers should take note that the CEO slot at MDS-HVL in Poughkeepsie is open. MDS-HVL is a partnership between two hospitals and MDS. It is an integrated regional laboratory with a core lab, effective outreach and a determined growth strategy.

Watch health insurance premiums zoom into double digits again for 2000. Yet, cost increases for hospitals and physicians re- main at minimal levels. The U.S. Labor Department’s Producer Price Index for acute care hospitals increased .01% in February and only 1.5% for the previous 12-month period. The physician segment increased by .04% and 2.4% for the comparable time periods. Clearly providers are not benefiting from higher premiums.


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