Women & Infants Names Majzun President and COO
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Women & Infants has named Rick Majzun as the president and chief operating officer, effective July 23, 2018. The hospital is part of the financially struggling Care New England group that is now in the process of being sold to Partners Healthcare in Boston. Care New England has lost more than $120 million in the past three years and closed Memorial Hospital.
“I have long admired the reputation and care offered at Women & Infants Hospital and am excited to lead this preeminent organization. My family and I look forward to relocating to Rhode Island and enjoying all that this beautiful state has to offer,” said Majzun.
The appointment of Majzun follows a year-long national search.
“With a demonstrated track record of success in hospital operations, including 10 years of leadership in an organization that, like Women & Infants, provides services to women and newborns, Rick is a perfect complement to the strong leadership team at Women & Infants Hospital and across Care New England. I look forward to welcoming Rick to our team, and I’d like to offer my sincere appreciation to the entire search team for their diligence in finding the perfect leader to join our organization,” said James Fanale, MD, president and chief executive officer, Care New England.
Majzun comes to Women and Infants with over 25 years of experience.
Prior to coming to Rhode Island, Majzun worked at Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
Since 2013, he has served as vice president of operations at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and as vice president of the 212-bed Women & Infants Service at Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Barnes Jewish is a 1,300-bed adult facility, and St. Louis Children’s is a 430-bed pediatric hospital. During his leadership tenure, Majzun grew deliveries and neonatal intensive care unit admissions in a declining market; increased revenue, margin, and market share; improved major quality indicators; and achieved patient satisfaction goals.
In addition, he worked with physician and nursing partners to create a process to align the cultures of three institutions.
A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Majzun earned a master of health administration at Washington University School of Medicine.
He is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), from which he received the 2014 Service Award and the 2006 Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award.
Majzun was a 2011 Eisenhower Fellow and studied pediatric health care systems for five weeks in Kenya and Sweden, and was selected as a “40 under 40” in 2006 by St. Louis Business Journal.
He is married and has five children.
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Providence does not usually do well in mergers
Remember Providence Gas, Fleet Bank, and Narragansett Electric?
Big employers, deep community involvement, and significant charitable donors — all were consumed and in each case, the number of employees left in Rhode Island by the succeeding company is a fraction of the once independent venture.
To the victor goes the spoils.
As if the Boston economy isn't good enough, and the Providence economy couldn't be more stagnant
The cityscape of Boston is littered with cranes. Boston Business Journal maps the construction projects utilizing cranes in Boston (see image) and the number of projects is staggering.
In Providence, there few construction projects and not a crane to be seen. The last thing Providence needs is for another one of its largest employers to be merged into a Boston mega-organization. The likelihood is that jobs will be lost or consolidated to Boston - basic functions like purchasing, accounting, etc. will be lost.
Harvard beats Brown in Ivy League match-up
Harvard Medical School is ranked as the #1 research-based institution in America by U.S. News and World Report.
Partners Healthcare’s academic partner is Harvard.
In contrast, Care New England’s academic affiliation is with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Brown’s best ranking is 21st for primary care - and is ranked for research way back at #31.
One of the biggest losers in the merger could be Brown's medical school.
Care New England is RI’s 2nd largest employer, so what will It be in 2 Years?
According to the RI Department of Labor and Training, Care New England is Rhode Island’s second largest employer.
Lifespan is the largest: 12,050
Care New England: 8,500
Cities like "Meds and Eds" (the medical and educational business segments), but Providence and all of Rhode Island is likely to lose high paid, highly educated jobs as a result of this deal.
Care New England Continues to Struggle
Despite hopes that closing Memorial Hospital would solve the financially beleaguered Care New England's economic woes, new financial documents unveil that CNE continues to struggle.
Additionally, the pursuer - Partners HealthCare - is also making cuts. The Boston Globe unveiled the Partners is cutting about 100 of the company’s tech workers that their jobs were being outsourced to India to cut costs.
“Many of the employees have worked for Partners for several years, or even decades, and are struggling with the company’s decision. Almost all are coders — people who scour patients’ medical records to pinpoint billable services — and earn upward of $40 an hour. Coders in India earn a fraction of that amount, making overseas coding an attractive way for hospitals to cut costs,” wrote the Boston Globe.
Can the unions battle?
Within hours of GoLocal breaking the news of the merger, the United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP) President Linda McDonald, RN, released the following statement today:
"This proposed merger has the ability to impact thousands of jobs and the quality of care in Rhode Island and should be thoroughly scrutinized. Like most Rhode Islanders, we only recently learned of this proposal but expect Care New England and Partners HealthCare to be transparent in their process and begin a conversation with our union about the effect any deal would have on our members and our patients.
Memorial Hospital provides critical care to scores of Blackstone Valley residents every year and preserving its status as a fully-functioning community hospital will be among our top priorities as this process continues to unfold.
The onus is now on Care New England, Partners HealthCare and Prime Healthcare Services to make the details of this proposal public and to do it quickly so that workers, patients and state regulators may begin asking the appropriate questions."
The nurses represents nearly 1,400 registered nurses, CNAs, ER techs, surgical techs, orderlies, endo techs, environmental employees and ancillary staff at Kent and Memorial hospitals. But, will they have any impact on the decisions?
Speaking of Lifespan - will they be forced to merge with a Boston partner?
Lifespan is having its financial challenges too. While Care New England lost $53 million last year, Lifespan's losses were $40 million. The Lifespan losses were smaller proportionately to the healthcare group's overall budget and it does not have the cash crunch that Care New England was battling.
In February, Lifespan announced it had has entered into another Boston Hospital agreement. This agreement with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a long term agreement with the goal of advancing cancer treatment and research. Lifespan previously entered into an agreement with New England Medical Center and that deal led to years of protracted litigation to unwind. Lifespan also ran into a legal battle with Tufts Medical Center.
Will Partners' potential arrival in the market force Lifespan to affiliate?
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