Does Bringing The Arts Into Healthcare Make Business Sense? Panelists Explore

For Todd Frazier, earning buy-in from his health system’s higher-ups to build out a musical therapy program took a concerted effort to shift the conversation. Rather than discussing reimbursement and how the system could pay for it, Frazier put the focus on why what he proposed to offer was essential for any leading-edge provider. It ultimately worked, with Frazier—who directs the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at the eight facilities that make up Houston Methodist Hospital—earning backing through philanthropy in the early stages. The juice has proved worth the squeeze, and Houston Methodist now employs seven full-time musical therapists, making… Full Story

Medical City Weatherford CEO Leaves For Granbury Hospital

Medical City Weatherford CEO David Orcutt is leaving the hospital to head back to Lake Granbury Medical Center, his previous employer. Orcutt will start on June 25 with LGMC, where he previously served as CEO from 2006 to 2013. He’s been the Weatherford hospital’s CEO since then. A spokesperson for Medical City Healthcare said in an email that the search for a new CEO is already underway, and that Orcutt lives in Granbury and made the decision to return at his own choosing. He has lived there for 11 years. “LGMC is an excellent hospital,” Orcutt says in a statement.… Full Story

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

NICU At Medical City Plano Designated As A Level III

Medical City Plano received word that its neonatal intensive care unit has been designated as Level III by the Texas Department of Health Services. It’s the second-highest level under the state’s system. The 42-bed NICU provides multidisciplinary care to babies delivered as early as 23 weeks. NICU’s across Texas have been finishing up the evaluation and verification process and awaiting their official designations. A law passed by the Texas Legislature requires that every NICU in Texas that wants to be reimbursed under Medicaid has to undergo the process by September 2018. “Maintaining this advanced Level III NICU designation, with a… Full Story

Meet The 2018 Winner Of The Most Prestigious Accolade A UT Southwestern Student Can Receive

Philip Tolley’s journey to medicine began with a broken collarbone. After injuring it while playing football in high school, Tolley’s interest in becoming a doctor piqued as he experienced the long recovery process. “That forced me to be see the medical side of it,” Tolley says, “and made me realize that I wanted to be a part of that.” Last month, Dr. Tolley accepted the Ho Din Award, the most prestigious accolade a UT Southwestern Medical Center student can receive. Recipients represent the “ideal physician,” who demonstrates academic excellence and compassion within their communities. Tolley will receive the award—given out… Full Story

Parkland Receives Supplier Diversity Award

Parkland Health & Hospital System won the 2018 Vizient Supplier Diversity Award. Given out earlier this month, it calls out Parkland’s efforts to promote inclusion within their supply chain and encourage local economic growth via engaging minority- and women-owned businesses. In a news release, Parkland ran through some of its efforts: Parkland conducts outreach programs to link potential suppliers with the system by conducting two Diverse Suppliers Market Place vendor fairs annually, sending weekly Parkland Opportunity update email blasts to vendors and advocacy agencies regarding current open bids, conducting outreach events through the advocacy agencies to develop a pipeline of… Full Story

The Latest In the Houston Chron and ProPublica’s St. Luke’s Exposé Is An Investigation Of A Celebrated Heart Surgeon

The Houston Chronicle and ProPublica have been releasing a piece-by-piece dive into the heart transplant program at Houston-based Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. A previous slice found that the program’s survival rates have been slipping (I compared them to Dallas-Fort Worth programs here). The latest brings us closer to Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier, the celebrated heart surgeon who held roles as chief of the heart transplant teams at St. Luke’s and its research partner, Texas Heart Institute, and has been on a quest to build a mechanical heart. The investigation finds that about half of the medicare patients who received an… 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

The Tip Line Related To The Tyler Nurse Murder Case Has Been Flooded

A tip line set up in the aftermath of murder charges against a Tyler nurse has yielded more than 200 calls, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported this week and I’ve confirmed. The case, which I’ve written about previously, involves a murder charge against 34-year-old William George Davis, a nurse with Irving-based Christus Health System who worked at Christus Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler. Police say Davis injected air into the arterial line of 47-year-old Christopher Greenaway, causing him to suffer an ischemic stroke due to air embolism and die. Police have said they’re investigating additional cases and that more charges… Full Story

Tenet Subsidiary Teams With Florida Clinic, Buys Stake In Ambulatory Surgery Centers

United Surgical Partners International, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, has purchased a stake in two ambulatory surgery center locations in Jacksonville. USPI and Florida clinic Borland Groover now jointly own the Jacksonville Center for Endoscopy’s Southside and Riverside locations. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Borland Groover is a gastroenterology clinic with locations across Florida’s east coast. It says it’s one of the largest such practices in the U.S., boasting 75 physicians. Tenet has been buying out other owners of USPI. In April, it bought out Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe to take a 95 percent stake.… Full Story