Conversation With: Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, UTSW President, Reflects On Clements Hospital

On December 6, UT Southwestern Medical Center opened the doors of the long-awaited William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, a 12-story, W-shaped teaching facility that replaced the out-of-date and frequently at-capacity St. Paul University Hospital. In this wide-ranging Q&A, UTSW president Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky reflects on the planning process, what the hospital brings to the university and to Dallas, and what it means for future UTSW graduates. Full Story

Conversation With: Gary Brock, Baylor’s COO, Talks System’s Strategy

Gary Brock is president and chief operating officer of the North Texas Division of Baylor Scott & White Health. Brock will continue to provide critical operational strategy and oversight for the entire Baylor Scott & White North Texas operation. He shared his thoughts on the healthcare industry’s shift to consolidation as well as the nonprofit system’s expansion strategy. Full Story

Conversation With: Dr. Dan McCoy, CMO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

During the first enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, more than 733,000 Texans signed up for health insurance under President Obama’s healthcare reform law. And of those, more than 55 percent—roughly 410,000— purchased plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. The company’s chief medical officer discusses the first enrollment period and how its strategy has pivoted since. Full Story

Conversation With: Cigna’s North Texas President LaMonte Thomas

Last week, LaMonte Thomas, Cigna’s president and general manager for North Texas and Oklahoma, visited D World Headquarters to chat about the company and its shift from volume to value based care. He also discussed the rise of high deductible health plans, the importance of employer wellness programs, and the future role of the insurer. Full Story

Conversation With: Former Sen. Olympia Snowe Talks GOP’s Need for Diversity, Women’s Health

” I think most people support what Planned Parenthood is trying to do with access to critical health services for women. The question is separating the facts and making it known, but also to get candidates and elected officials to understand the perils once they deny the funding and the ability to access service because it’s affecting so many women across America.” Full Story

Conversation With: Galderma USA President Francois Fournier

In September, Fort Worth-based pharmaceutical company Galderma was granted Food and Drug Administration approval for Mirvaso, the only topical drug approved to treat [the facial redness of] rosacea. The drug is expected to generate as much as $100 million in revenue for the company, which also produces Cetaphil, a popular over-the-counter skin care line. We sat down with Galderma USA president Francois Fournier to discuss the product, and Galderma’s future. In broad terms, what does Galderma do? It’s a very unique company because we specialize only in dermatology. It’s only about the patients with skin conditions. The inception of the company… Full Story