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Ex-colleagues praise Lutheran network chief

Yesterday’s Journal Gazette included this profile of new Lutheran Health Network (LHN) CEO Mike Poore: http://www.journalgazette.net/…/ex-colleagues-praise-luther… The piece featured a number of quotes from friends and former colleagues who know Poore well,...

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Saint Joseph’s Burn Unit: Should Mike Poore Be Smiling?

This week’s announcements of Mike Poore as the new CEO of Lutheran Health Network were accompanied by a photo of his smiling broadly. Recent news at St. Joe, however, may give him little to smile about. The American Burn Association (ABA) has confirmed with NICHE that...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Be skeptical of LHN claims of ‘progress’

This week’s announcements of Mike Poore as the new CEO of Lutheran Health Network were accompanied by a photo of his smiling broadly. Recent news at St. Joe, however, may give him little to smile about. The American Burn Association (ABA) has confirmed with NICHE that...

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Mike Poore named LHN president

From today's Journal Gazette. As the interview states, Poore's challenges will include coming up with specific ways to make good on promises made by his boss, CHS CEO Wayne Smith, during an early-August call with investors: “We continue to focus on quality...

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Why Are Shares of CYH Up Today?

"At any time get involved in trying to change the strategy, leadership, ownership or board composition of the money-losing company." Read more to see what Tianqiao Chen's increasingly large stake in CHS might mean for Lutheran Health Network.  

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Investor Group Accuses Community Health Systems—Why?

NICHE has no inside information. This appeared on the Internet: Activist investors seeks ouster of CEO at Community Health Systems, shares ahead 11% Aug. 21, 2017 12:34 PM ET|About: Community Health Syste... (CYH)|By: Douglas W. House, SA News Editor Institutional...

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Congratulations, Lutheran and Parkview

Headline: ASL Strategic Value Fund Sends Letter to Community Health Systems(CHS) Board of Directors accusing noncompliance with Federal Court approved settlement requirements. They suggest that it is time to change management. Some background: After settling claims of...

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Breaking CHS and LHN News

NICHE was created to educate and report on healthcare, and we’re as interested in pointing out what’s being done right as we are in shedding light on difficult topics. Today, it’s our pleasure to commend both Lutheran and Parkview for their significant investments in...

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Will Wayne Smith Agree?

Lutheran Hospital employees recently made NICHE aware of some serious maintenance concerns. NICHE reports this with reluctance, but with no explanation or clarification forthcoming after visits to Lutheran from local media, we feel compelled ask questions in response...

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The borrower is servant to the lender

Meet Tianqiao Chen, the owner of 21% of Community Health Systems (and, therefore, Lutheran Health Network). This profile in yesterday's Straits Times highlights his interest in health and neuroscience demonstrated by his and wife’s $115 million gift to California...

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Acknowledging the dedication of LHN’s professionals

Let’s imagine your annual earnings are $200,000. Sounds pretty good, right? We’ll not so fast. Let’s also assume that your debts—mortgage, car loans, student loans, etc.—equal $1.6 million. Interest on those loans costs you $120,000 per year. You have some assets...

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Shanda increases stake in CHS

This week’s announcements of Mike Poore as the new CEO of Lutheran Health Network were accompanied by a photo of his smiling broadly. Recent news at St. Joe, however, may give him little to smile about. The American Burn Association (ABA) has confirmed with NICHE that...

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Who Owns CHS Now?

Community Health Systems (CHS) continues to reverse itself when it comes to its plans to sell—or not sell—its hospital holdings. This vacillation reflects larger issues, all of which call into question CHS’s ability to remain viable. After a recent flurry of activity,...

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Dupont: A closer look at the numbers

From yesterday's Journal Gazette: "The leadership of Lutheran has been decimated, the medical staff disrupted and the patients left uncertain." See full article here.

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Come to Fort Wayne, Wayne

Headline: ASL Strategic Value Fund Sends Letter to Community Health Systems(CHS) Board of Directors accusing noncompliance with Federal Court approved settlement requirements. They suggest that it is time to change management. Some background: After settling claims of...

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Quiet as a…

If the headline isn't clear enough about CHS's prospects, how about this quote?: "CHS sits in a massive hole after a string of missteps, according to industry insiders. And it's not likely to get better for CHS, or the local communities that rely on a CHS facility..."...

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Two months–and several questions

Mr. Poore: Too many people know. People who care about Lutheran Hospital, people who work short staffed, people who clean and care for the equipment, the people who drove the truck. People who talk to each other and who have talked to us. Perhaps media training is...

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Good on ya, Marty Bonick

This week, NICHE celebrates two months of existence. It's been a whirlwind summer, with a tremendous amount of volunteer time and effort driving the process. But the most important element is you, the people who read our posts and visit our Facebook page. YOU are...

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Marty Bonick resigning

Mr. Poore: Too many people know. People who care about Lutheran Hospital, people who work short staffed, people who clean and care for the equipment, the people who drove the truck. People who talk to each other and who have talked to us. Perhaps media training is...

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Lutheran, community feel effects of CHS’ poor practices

This week, NICHE celebrates two months of existence. It's been a whirlwind summer, with a tremendous amount of volunteer time and effort driving the process. But the most important element is you, the people who read our posts and visit our Facebook page. YOU are...

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Is EBITDA a Fairy Tale? – Part 2

"CHS' actions will have a significant effect not only on LHN's financial future and the quality of care in our region, but also on economic development because health care is important to retaining and attracting new business investment." See full article here.

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Is EBITDA a Fairy Tale? – Part 1

Is EBITDA a Fairy Tale? – Part 2 Yesterday, we posed a question about EBITDA, a means of examining earnings, and its relationship to CHS. We left off with a few important questions: Is there a tooth fairy—and is CHS’s financial position sustainable? So, let’s return...

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Lutheran Health parent still open to buyers as losses continue

"CHS' actions will have a significant effect not only on LHN's financial future and the quality of care in our region, but also on economic development because health care is important to retaining and attracting new business investment." See full article here.

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Shielding a community asset

Is EBITDA a Fairy Tale? – Part 2 Yesterday, we posed a question about EBITDA, a means of examining earnings, and its relationship to CHS. We left off with a few important questions: Is there a tooth fairy—and is CHS’s financial position sustainable? So, let’s return...

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CHS is listening

"Even as Fort Wayne moved forward on so many fronts, could one of the region's most identifiable businesses – one that provides vital services and employs thousands – be endangered?" See full article here.

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Why Dupont Hospital’s Top 100 Ranking Matters – Part 2

We are pleased that CHS is listening to the Journal Gazette, NICHE, and its patients, physicians, and nurses. One small indication of this: they have removed from their website the list of “118 Top Performing Hospitals” that cited by the Joint Commission on Hospital...

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How you can help

We are pleased that CHS is listening to the Journal Gazette, NICHE, and its patients, physicians, and nurses. One small indication of this: they have removed from their website the list of “118 Top Performing Hospitals” that cited by the Joint Commission on Hospital...

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Top Performers in Key Quality Measures

We've gotten many messages from employees and community members asking how they can help NICHE and help raise awareness about challenges at LHN. Here are a few steps you can take--and we'd love to hear suggestions from others who are making their voices heard: 1. Like...

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Fool me twice, shame on me.

The CHS website claims that more than 100 of its hospitals are “Top Performers in Key Quality Measures®,” as measured by the “Joint Commission, a leading accrediting agency for healthcare organizations” (http://www.chs.net/…/top-performers-in-key-quality-measures/)....

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Venice Regional hospital’s image takes another hit

We've gotten many messages from employees and community members asking how they can help NICHE and help raise awareness about challenges at LHN. Here are a few steps you can take--and we'd love to hear suggestions from others who are making their voices heard: 1. Like...

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No regrets about selling nonprofit Lutheran to for-profit owners

The CHS website claims that more than 100 of its hospitals are “Top Performers in Key Quality Measures®,” as measured by the “Joint Commission, a leading accrediting agency for healthcare organizations” (http://www.chs.net/…/top-performers-in-key-quality-measures/)....

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Lutheran flap shows issue with boards

Longtime Fort Wayne residents remember when Lutheran Hospital, like Parkview Health, was a nonprofit. Authority for major hiring, firing, spending and strategy decisions rested completely in Lutheran board members' hands. No outside approval was necessary. Some...

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Lutheran loses 2 docs from board of Dupont

In today's Journal Gazette, Sherry Slater shares this helpful article about hospital governance: http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20170723/lutheran-flap-shows-issue-with-boards It is both revealing in that Parkview reflects local values and that Community...

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Patient concerned about quality of care at Lutheran

Longtime Fort Wayne residents remember when Lutheran Hospital, like Parkview Health, was a nonprofit. Authority for major hiring, firing, spending and strategy decisions rested completely in Lutheran board members' hands. No outside approval was necessary. Some...

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Former chairman resigns from Dupont Hospital board

In today's Journal Gazette, Sherry Slater shares this helpful article about hospital governance: http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20170723/lutheran-flap-shows-issue-with-boards It is both revealing in that Parkview reflects local values and that Community...

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Surack, Kelley resign from Lutheran Board

3 doctors quit leadership posts amid tension with CHS. And then there were two. Only two independent voices remain on the advisory boards of Lutheran Health Network and Lutheran Hospital after Tom Kelley submitted his resignation Friday, one day after Chuck Surack...

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Open Letter By: Dr. Steven W. Orlow

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A founding member of Dupont Hospital and the former chairman of the board of directors has resigned from the board. Dr. Todd Rumsey was a founding member of the board and served as chairman for 13 years. The owner of Dupont and Lutheran Health...

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Open Letter By: Dr. Andy O’Shaughnessy

Open Letter By: Dr. Steven W. Orlow Mr. Poore; With deep sadness, I write to you in your role as market CEO, to give written 90-day notice of the termination of my employment agreement with Lutheran Medical Group and termination of my position as Chief Medical...

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Why bother to listen to the Lutheran Health Network Physicians?

By: Dr. Andy O'Shaughnessy An open letter to my physician colleagues within Lutheran Health Network: Respectfully, this letter will not be for everyone. Physicians are a diverse group in both thought and action. However, in talking with many of you on a one-to-one...

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Want to support NICHE?

Is EBITDA a Fairy Tale? – Part 2 Yesterday, we posed a question about EBITDA, a means of examining earnings, and its relationship to CHS. We left off with a few important questions: Is there a tooth fairy—and is CHS’s financial position sustainable? So, let’s return...

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We hear you! Send us your personal experience.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A founding member of Dupont Hospital and the former chairman of the board of directors has resigned from the board. Dr. Todd Rumsey was a founding member of the board and served as chairman for 13 years. The owner of Dupont and Lutheran Health...

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Lutheran staff longs for freedom

By: Patti Hayes Why bother to listen to the Lutheran Health Network Physicians? It isn’t as if they were the ones who built the reputation of a healthcare system. A healthcare system that is filled with regional firsts. It isn’t as if they did the region’s first...

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CHS’ next steps vital in rebuilding Lutheran’s shaken trust

Lutheran Health Network is attempting to break away from its current owner: Community Health Systems. I am not saying that everyone who works for CHS outside of LHN is some sort of villain; there are those who seek to reform policies and practices. In early 2007,...

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Opportunity out of upheaval

If the headline isn't clear enough about CHS's prospects, how about this quote?: "CHS sits in a massive hole after a string of missteps, according to industry insiders. And it's not likely to get better for CHS, or the local communities that rely on a CHS facility..."...

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Lutheran network’s critics mum after CEO’s firing

The opening of Dupont Hospital in 2001 represented everything possible when health care professionals, business and a community come together. As a collaborative effort of physicians, Lutheran Health Network and then-LHN-parent Quorum, the goal was that the...

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Dr. John Crawford

Stunned silence. That's the general reaction from the Lutheran Health Network community to news that CEO Brian Bauer was booted from his position as head of the network and CEO of Lutheran Hospital. About a dozen people who previously spoke publicly about their...

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City leaders blast CHS move to fire Bauer

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A founding member of Dupont Hospital and the former chairman of the board of directors has resigned from the board. Dr. Todd Rumsey was a founding member of the board and served as chairman for 13 years. The owner of Dupont and Lutheran Health...

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Lutheran Health CEO out in wake of buyout attempt

Deaconess and Valley hospitals’ owner failed to provide up to $110 million worth of charity care promised to low-income patients during its tenure in Spokane, a lawsuit filed Monday said. Empire Health Foundation filed the suit against Community Health Systems of...

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Breaking point: Lutheran standoff wouldn’t serve the public

We received this message from “loyal Lutheran Hospital employees” who also have a long history of having been patients at LHN facilities and having family members treated at LHN facilities as well: “Throughout the years Lutheran Health Network nurses and Drs. have...

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Voice your concerns to CHS

Yesterday, we outlined the root causes of financial problems plaguing CHS and other for-profit hospital chains. Today, we’ll take a close look at the factors that make some systems better equipped to weather the storm—while leading to a bleak forecast for CHS. - Debt:...

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A little birdy told us…

CHS encourages its employees to share concerns about ethical or compliance violations. Here's how (see http://www.chs.net/investor-relations/investor-facts/ for more ways to contact CHS): Any problems or concerns can be reported anonymously through our Confidential...

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Lutheran Bullet Points

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A founding member of Dupont Hospital and the former chairman of the board of directors has resigned from the board. Dr. Todd Rumsey was a founding member of the board and served as chairman for 13 years. The owner of Dupont and Lutheran Health...

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Todd Rumsey Speech

If the headline isn't clear enough about CHS's prospects, how about this quote?: "CHS sits in a massive hole after a string of missteps, according to industry insiders. And it's not likely to get better for CHS, or the local communities that rely on a CHS facility..."...

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Community Health Systems reviews on Glassdoor

Deaconess and Valley hospitals’ owner failed to provide up to $110 million worth of charity care promised to low-income patients during its tenure in Spokane, a lawsuit filed Monday said. Empire Health Foundation filed the suit against Community Health Systems of...

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What Really Happened With Community Health Systems

We received this message from “loyal Lutheran Hospital employees” who also have a long history of having been patients at LHN facilities and having family members treated at LHN facilities as well: “Throughout the years Lutheran Health Network nurses and Drs. have...

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Physicians Group Defends $2.4B Offer for Lutheran Health Network

As Dr. Todd Rumsey concluded his remarks to about 200 fellow Lutheran Health Network doctors and employees Wednesday, he tried to reassure the community of the group's commitment to patients despite the growing and increasingly public schism between the local network...

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Dirty, Dingy Hospitals: Doctors Blame Debt-Fueled Takeovers

Deaconess and Valley hospitals’ owner failed to provide up to $110 million worth of charity care promised to low-income patients during its tenure in Spokane, a lawsuit filed Monday said. Empire Health Foundation filed the suit against Community Health Systems of...

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Staff at Lutheran Hospital Gather for ‘Prayer Meeting’

Speech given by Todd Rumsey Good evening and thank you for attending this event. My name is Todd Rumsey and I am speaking on behalf of Fort Wayne Physicians. The people who are here standing behind me are here because they all believe in Lutheran Health Network and...

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No pay raises for top CHS executives in 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A founding member of Dupont Hospital and the former chairman of the board of directors has resigned from the board. Dr. Todd Rumsey was a founding member of the board and served as chairman for 13 years. The owner of Dupont and Lutheran Health...

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CHS executives ink $60M settlement in investor suit

As Dr. Todd Rumsey concluded his remarks to about 200 fellow Lutheran Health Network doctors and employees Wednesday, he tried to reassure the community of the group's commitment to patients despite the growing and increasingly public schism between the local network...

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CHS accused of fraud in Quorum Health spinoff

A Tennessee federal judge on Tuesday approved a $60 million agreement Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems and its executives inked with investors to resolve breach of fiduciary duty allegations. Read full article on beckershospitalreview.com

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