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Wes Oswald named interim CEO at Northwestern Medical Center

first_imgThe Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Wesley W. Oswald has accepted the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer.  Oswald is temporarily filling the position vacated by long-time NMC CEO Peter Hofstetter, who has accepted the CEO position at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico. Oswald has over 42 years experience in hospital administration.  Long-time community members may remember Oswald from his 5-year tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at Northwestern Medical Center in the mid 80s.  As a retired CEO, Oswald retired from full-time permanent work in 2002, and has spent the past seven years serving in multiple interim positions throughout the country. He will join NMC s Leadership Team on June 1st. We are pleased to welcome Wes back to Vermont to help us in the interim, said John Casavant, President of the NMC Board of Directors.  His professional experience and his familiarity with our community will make for a smooth transition.   Our Board and Medical Staff are working closely with QHR on a national CEO search, said Casavant.  Early indications of interest in the position are very strong and we expect to have our new permanent CEO in place by the Fall.   QHR provides NMC with management and consulting services to NMC and about 200 other hospitals nationally. Joining Casavant on the CEO Search Committee are Board Members Judy Ashley- McLaughlin, Greg Mruk, and Paul Clark, as well as physicians Dr. Stephen Payne, Dr. Lowrey Sullivan, and Dr. Audrey von Lepel.last_img read more

Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow by: BBC News – December 29, 2014 Share The woman is being treated in isolation at Gartnavel Hospital in GlasgowA healthcare worker who has just returned from West Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in hospital in Glasgow.The woman, who arrived from Sierra Leone on Sunday night, is in isolation at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital.All possible contacts with the case are being investigated, including on flights to Scotland via Heathrow.The woman will be transferred to specialist high level isolation in London as soon as possible.At a news conference in Glasgow, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressed that the risk to the general public was very low.She added that the patient was thought to have had contact with only one other person since arriving in the city, but that all passengers on the flights the woman took will be traced.Ms Sturgeon said: “Apart from other passengers on the flights and obviously the hospital staff since this patient’s admittance to hospital, she, the patient is thought to have had contact with only one other person in Scotland since returning to Scotland last night and that person will also be contacted and given appropriate reassurance.”Alisdair MacConachie, of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “She’s being managed in an isolation facility by staff who are comfortable managing patients in such a situation. She herself is quite stable and is not showing any great clinical concern at the minute.”NHS Scotland said infectious diseases procedures had been put into effect at the Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases at Gartnavel.Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids – such as blood, vomit or faeces – of an infected person.The patient returned to Scotland from Sierra Leone late on Sunday via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at about 23:30.While public health experts have emphasised that the risks are negligible, a telephone helpline has been set up for anyone who was on the BA 1478 Heathrow to Glasgow flight. The number is: 08000 858531The woman had been admitted to hospital early on Monday morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 07.50.A British Airways spokesman said: “We are working closely with the health authorities in England and Scotland and will offer assistance with any information they require.“The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and the risk to people on board that individual flight is extremely low.”Ms Sturgeon has chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) and has also spoken to Prime Minister David Cameron.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee on Monday evening.According to UK and Scottish protocol for anyone diagnosed with Ebola, the patient will be transferred to the high level isolation unit in the Royal Free hospital, London.Ms Sturgeon said: “Our first thoughts at this time must be with the patient diagnosed with Ebola and their friends and family. I wish them a speedy recovery.“Scotland has been preparing for this possibility from the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa and I am confident that we are well prepared.”Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, said: “It is important to be reassured that although a case has been identified, the overall the risk to the public continues to be low.“We have robust, well-developed and well-tested NHS systems for managing unusual infectious diseases when they arise, supported by a wide range of experts. The UK system was prepared, and reacted as planned, when this case of Ebola was identified.” Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 187 Views   no discussionslast_img read more