Nurses at two of HCA's Central Florida hospitals this month voted to unionize, joining the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU), the Orlando Business Journal reports.
“While Central Florida Regional Hospital does not believe having a union is in the best interests of our hospital, we respect our employees’ rights to make this decision,” said Sandy McPherson, the hospital’s marketing director.
According to the report, HCA's facilities are the focus of nurse unionization activity in Florida. Nurses at the Nashville company's facilities in New Port Richey, Port Charlotte and Largo will vote on unionizing by Dec. 2.
Nov 29, 2010 7:38 AM
HCA Inc. is teaming up with the University of South Florida to create a network of trauma centers from South Florida to Jacksonville, Tampa Bay Online reports:
USF will help HCA recruit doctors to staff new trauma centers at five HCA hospitals. As the centers begin operating, HCA will send USF detailed data about procedures and results. USF will pool and analyze that data to help HCA figure out how to improve and standardize its care across the five centers. "It's an opportunity to make Floridians safer," said Stephen Klasko, dean of the USF College of Medicine and CEO of USF Health.HCA is footing the bill on the project, which includes about $20 million in equipment and construction costs and $7 million in annual physician compensation.
Nov 16, 2010 9:08 AM
Locally based architecture and engineering firm Gresham Smith & Partners was the low bidder on a recently commissioned project to redesign the main terminal of Tampa International Airport, but the firm may not win the business. The husband of one of its principals, Jacqueline Russo, is a senior planning official with the airport and five of his direct reports made up most of the committee that reviewed the bids. The disclosure of that situation led airport board members to put all contract awards on ice for two months.
Nov 9, 2010 8:20 AM
Yep. Despite all the media coverage and negative campaigning about his questionable tenure at then-Columbia/HCA Inc., Rick Scott is going to be Florida's new governor. If you still can't get enough of this story, NPR has this piece (with a video worth watching) on the fraud investigations:
Scott, as former New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald put it in a recent speech, created a "cult of personality" at the company that ultimately contributed to its fall from grace. ... Last month, novelist and former investigative reporter Carl Hiaasen reprised Scott's past in a rip-roaring op-ed piece for the Miami Herald provocatively titled, "Scott is either incompetent or a lying crook." During the summer, Scott told the Herald, he "made mistakes" at Columbia/HCA and took responsibility for what happened on his watch. He denied knowledge of any fraud, however. Hiaasen wasn't buying it, writing, "The fraud was so massive and institutionalized that his statement can’t be taken seriously."
Nov 4, 2010 10:23 AM
HCA Inc. is among four suitors that have submitted proposals for independent health system Health Central in central Florida — which includes a 171-bed hospital, a nursing home, and two 80-acre-plus parcels of land for future development. From the Orlando Sentinel story:
After the presentations ,which spanned five hours, board members appeared to be leaning toward the two non-profits, Florida Hospital and Orlando Health. "If we go with a for-profit, you lose autonomy," said board member Gerald Jowers. "They're going to own you lock, stock and barrel." But board member Carolyn Karraker urged members to think about it over the coming weeks. "It's important to go back to our own personal vision for the hospital," she said. "I'm still digesting what I heard today."
Nov 3, 2010 10:10 AM
Nashville-based Northstar has signed a long-term agreement to work with Florida-based Olympusat, which markets a range of Spanish-language networks and other broadcast properties. Northstar will transmit the programming from its base on Dickerson Pike.
Oct 20, 2010 9:42 AM
A Florida judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought by the attorneys general of 20 states and challenging the health insurance reform package hammered out this spring can move forward. Tennessee is not one of the states involved in the case, which like a few others, looks likely to land at the feet of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Vinson's ruling comes a week after District Judge George Caram Steeh in Detroit said the mandate to get insurance by 2014 and the financial penalty for skipping coverage are legal. He said Congress was trying to lower the overall cost of insurance by requiring participation. There is also a lawsuit pending in Virginia. A federal judge there has allowed the lawsuit to continue, ruling the overhaul raises complex constitutional issues.
Oct 15, 2010 7:47 AM
Opposing attorney referred for discipline, withdraws from similar case against CHS
Oct 13, 2010 2:28 PM
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