Cheese­head con­fi­den­tial: Dan­ner sets MGMA straight

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Al­though he’s only been in of­fice a few days, For­rest “Dean” Dan­ner Jr., the new board chair­man of the Med­i­cal Group Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and the vice pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Wausau, Wis.-based Aspirus Clin­ics, has al­ready had an im­me­di­ate im­pact on at least one as­pect of day-to-day life at the MGMA: How to pro­nounce his home state.

“Wih-SKAHN-suhn is is out. “WisKÄN-sen” is in. At the MGMA’s re­cent an­nual meet­ing in Den­ver, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pres­i­dent and CEO, William Jessee, made a note of the pro­nun­ci­a­tion in his open­ing re­marks. And, af­ter in­tro­duc­ing Dan­ner and men­tion­ing his af­fil­i­a­tion with Wis-KÄN-sen-based Aspirus, out­go­ing Chair­woman Chris­tine Schon quipped “I did say it right.”

No word yet on Dan­ner’s po­si­tion on the po-ta-to/po-tah-to con­tro­versy.

Get me Donna Karan, stat

Nurses worn down by the de­mands of the job may have a stylish new cham­pion. The Ur­ban Zen Foun­da­tion, founded by the fash­ion de­signer Donna Karan, has added a two-day nurs­ing work­shop to its ros­ter of well­ness events.

Karan was praised in the New York Times in Septem­ber for a prag­ma­tism that may ap­peal to those in a stress­ful pro­fes­sion with around-the-clock shifts. (“Ms. Karan … has taken into ac­count that we are liv­ing in a mixed-up world, where peo­ple may care deeply about fash­ion but are not go­ing to buy clothes just for the sake of shop­ping,” Eric Wil­son wrote.)

The event, the foun­da­tion’s first to fo­cus ex­clu­sively on nurses, takes a par­tic­u­larly holis­tic ap­proach, in­clud­ing aro­mather­apy, en­ergy heal­ing and yoga. No spe­cially tai­lored scrubs ap­pear to be part of the week­end pack­age—but con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion may be. Or­ga­niz­ers have ap­plied to the Amer­i­can Holis­tic Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion for ap­proval.

The work­shop, to be held at Ur­ban Zen’s head­quar­ters in Green­wich Vil­lage in New York, will fea­ture folks it touts as “pi­o­neers in the fields of holis­tic nurs­ing and in­te­gra­tive health­care,” in­clud­ing Bar­bara Dossey, Su­san Luck, Bon­ney Schaub and Aurora Ocampo.

The case of the miss­ing moola

While the twist­ing le­gal saga of Richard Scrushy has had a yard sale air lately, the case took an­other turn last week when the im­pris­oned for­mer CEO of Health­South Corp. claimed he just didn’t know where many of his as­sets are lo­cated.

Scrushy, who is serv­ing a sen­tence in fed­eral prison in Texas for a bribery case, has al­ready seen his fleet of au­to­mo­biles auc­tioned off. More sales are on the way, with plans to auc­tion a lake­front es­tate, some boats and other prop­erty.

But last week in U.S. District Court in Birm­ing­ham, Ala., Scrushy told a judge he had no idea what be­came of the firearms he used to keep at his sub­ur­ban Birm­ing­ham man­sion or more than $9 mil­lion he made from a stock op­tion sale eight years ago.

“Do you re­call what you did with the money? Nine mil­lion dol­lars is a lot of money, Mr. Scrushy,” said at­tor­ney John Somerville, rep­re­sent­ing Health­South share­hold­ers try­ing to col­lect the ver­dict. “I don’t re­call what I did with it,” said Scrushy. The Birm­ing­ham News re­ported that share­holder’s lawyers worked to bring Scrushy back to court be­cause he wasn’t co­op­er­at­ing with at­tempts to iden­tify and seize his as­sets.

In an­other twist, Scrushy claimed his per­sonal ac­coun­tant em­bez­zled more than $6 mil­lion from him from 2000 to 2002, the News re­ported. The ac­coun­tant, Bill Massey com­mit­ted sui­cide in 2002. Scrushy says the theft means fi­nan­cial state­ments pre­pared by Massey aren’t re­li­able.

Last month, Scrushy’s 19 cars brought in more than $800,000 dur­ing an auc­tion in Birm­ing­ham, the town where Scrushy founded and head­quar­tered his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion chain. The pro­ceeds went to­ward a $2.9 bil­lion ver­dict in a share­holder law­suit over ac­count­ing fraud at Health­South. In Novem­ber, there are plans to auc­tion his lake­front es­tate in Alabama. Tal­lapoosa County Sher­iff Jimmy Ab­bett said that Scrushy’s 13,000-square-foot home at Lake Martin will go up for sale Nov. 9. County records say the prop­erty is worth $6.2 mil­lion. Two of Scrushy’s boats, a golf cart and sev­eral per­sonal wa­ter­craft will be up for auc­tion on Oct. 19.


“We just fin­ished the first quar­ter. There are three quar­ters to play. The bench is worn out. The quar­ter­back keeps get­ting sacked. And the crowd has about had it, too.”

One of the cars auc­tioned was a 1947 Nash Su­per 600. Last week Scrushy told a judge he didn’t know where many of his as­sets are.

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