* Turmoil created when physicians and nurses forced the resignation of the administrator of Wyoming Medical Center in Casper has led to a registered nurse being named its new president and CEO.
Pam Fulks, 52, who had held the job on an interim basis for two months, says she has already begun tackling the job of healing the rift between administration and staff by trying to create a "more trusting and respectful environment" than the one that prevailed under former Administrator James Gardner Jr., who resigned in September (Sept. 22, p. 44).
A nurse for 30 years and in management for 22, Fulks joined Wyoming Medical in January 2002 as senior vice president and COO.
Fulks says her background has given her a better understanding of "what quality patient care is" and will work to retain clinical staff.
John Barrasso, the chief of staff who sought a no-confidence vote on Gardner in June, says Fulks has the "full support of the medical staff."
* Republican whiz kid Bobby Jindal isn't commenting on his next move after losing a bid to become governor of Louisiana.
The former HHS official lost to Democrat Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who garnered 52% of the vote. During the campaign Blanco hammered
Jindal's record as secretary of Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals during the mid-1990s, his blanket opposition to abortion and limited political experience.
Jindal, 32, who was named a Modern Healthcare Up & Comer in 1997, accused Blanco of negative campaigning. An Indian-American, Jindal would have been Louisiana's first nonwhite governor.