Conversation With: Dr. Robert Fine, BSWH’s Palliative Care Whiz, On How Honest Conversations Can Save Hospitals Money

Dr. Robert Fine, the Baylor Scott & White Health physician who has become one of the pioneers in the still-relatively-new field of palliative care, has a new study out about its cost-saving effects. Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Fine and others looked at the economics of palliative care for hospitalized adults with serious illnesses. The findings, in a nutshell: palliative care saves hospitals money—about $3,000 per patient. I got Fine on the phone to tell me more. You just published a study on the economics of palliative care. What’d you find? This was a meta-analysis, a pooling of a lot… Full Story

Conversation With: Texas Health CEO Barclay Berdan On New Construction, Investment Approach

Earlier this month, Texas Health Resources announced its largest construction project in history, a $300 million investment at its Fort Worth campus that will modernize surgery suites and include the addition of a nine-story patient tower. Construction is scheduled to start in the middle of this year and reach completion in late 2021. When all said and done, the new tower will add 144 beds to what is already one of the busiest hospitals in the state. I hopped on the phone with Texas Health CEO Barclay Berdan to hear more about what prompted the massive project and how the… Full Story

Parkland’s New Chief Talent Officer on His New Role, Recruiting Talent, and Diversity and Inclusion

Parkland Health & Hospital System announced Corey Jackson as its new chief talent officer late last month. It’s a promotion for Jackson, the former associate chief talent officer, who takes over for the departing Jim Dunn. A couple days after the announcement, I hopped on the phone with Jackson, who has a J.D. and a background in diversity and inclusion (more detailed experience here), to hear about his approach to the new role. Here’s the conversation: You’re moving into a unique role because not only are you in charge of HR and employee experience, but you also have a hand… Full Story