Richard J. Roche will join Fisher-Titus Health as the system’s chief human resources officer (CHRO) July 29, Fisher-Titus President and CEO Brent Burkey said.
Roche will lead the organization’s human resources team that serves about 1,400 employees across the health system, including Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Fisher-Titus Medical Care employed physician/provider group, The Carriage House, Norwalk Memorial Home and North Central EMS.
“We are pleased to have Rick join Fisher-Titus,” Burkey said. “His extensive human resources experience and demonstrated leadership success will support and enhance the important role our human resources department plays both within the organization and in our community.”
A native of northeast Ohio, Roche has served in senior-level human resources positions at numerous health care organizations, including the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, Fla.; Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga.; University Health Care System in Augusta, Ga.; and Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.
Roche has been active in community organizations including Boys and Girls Clubs, the American Red Cross and Junior Diabetes Research Foundation. He is a runner/triathlete, a Naval boxing champion and a collegiate all-American.
Firelands earns accreditation
SANDSUKY — Firelands Regional Medical Center was awarded accreditation by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), the nation’s original independent, accreditation program recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This achievement confirms that Firelands is providing high quality care as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.
“Firelands Regional Medical Center clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Meg Gravesmill, CEO of HFAP’s non-profit parent company.
“We base our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough onsite review of the hospital against recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement and environmental safety. Firelands Regional Medical Center has earned the distinction of HFAP accreditation through its performance in successfully meeting those standards.”
“Firelands Regional Medical Center is proud to participate in this prestigious accreditation program which brings national standards for best practices in healthcare delivery to our local community,” added Patty Martin, vice president of quality and patient satisfaction.
“We place a priority on compliance with accreditation standards in our strategic plan and goals and the Firelands team is committed to providing outstanding care to our patients and the communities we serve. The board of directors and leadership commend the entire team for earning this significant achievement in healthcare quality.”
Workers’ comp rate decrease?
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will reduce premium rates for public employers an average of 10 percent next year under a proposal discussed today by BWC’s Board of Directors and backed by Gov. Mike DeWine.
If approved by the board, the reduction would save Ohio’s 3,700 school districts, cities and other local government employers $17.8 million over their 2019 premiums, said Chris Carlson, BWC chief actuarial officer.
“This proposal would free up funds for these employers to invest in their communities, create jobs and hire staff,” Carlson told the board’s actuarial committee. “It also supports BWC’s goal of maintaining stable, predictable rates in the future.”
DeWine lauded the proposal as a win for public employers and the state overall.
“These savings will help local governments invest in their communities at a time when resources are stretched thin by the numerous natural disasters we’ve experienced this year and by our continuing battle with the substance-use crisis,” the governor said. “I applaud BWC for considering yet another action this year to help our state prosper.”
The proposal follows a 20-percent rate reduction for private employers that went into effect July 1. It also follows the board’s approval in June to send $1.5 billion in agency revenue to employers in September because of strong investment returns, falling claims and other savings.
The reduction — the agency’s 11th for public employers since 2009 and equal to the third largest since 1986 — would be effective Jan. 1, 2020, pending the board’s approval at its Aug. 23 meeting. It follows a 12-percent rate reduction for public employers that went into effect Jan. 1 this year.
Carlson said several factors make the 2020 reduction possible, including declining claims and relatively low medical inflation costs. He noted the reduction represents a statewide average. The actual premium change for an individual public entity will differ based on several factors, including employer type or classification, recent claims history and their participation in BWC rate discount programs.