Facility With Urgent Care, Primary Care, Specialists Marks New Model For Methodist Health

Methodist Health System has opened a new facility in Grand Prairie that marks a new model for the company, as systems continue to rethink their approach to the physical spaces in which they deliver care across expanding North Texas. The Methodist Convenient Care Campus combines an urgent care on the first floor with primary care on the second and specialists on the third. (Methodist has two other urgent care centers—Dallas and Mansfield—but both of those are standalone facilities.) Brass cut the ribbon on the 31,000-square-foot, $14 million facility on Thursday. Methodist Urgent Care will have extended hours and be open… Full Story

Tenet Hospital In Alabama Cleared By CMS After Prior Termination Notice

A hospital owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has been cleared by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service after receiving a termination notice last month, according to this Becker’s story citing a paywalled Birmingham Business Journal report. The hospital at question was Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, which received notice in May that it was at risk of losing its Medicare billing privileges. A survey by CMS found staff inside the psychiatric unit used inappropriate restraint methods on multiple occasions, Becker’s reported. The termination date was set for May 31, but Tenet submitted a plan of correction and CMS… Full Story

Medical City Frisco Gets National Accreditation For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The Medical City Frisco Bariatric and Metabolic Institute has been accredited under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Quality Improvement Program. The standards put a focus on creating a multidisciplinary program for bariatric surgical patients to improve long-term patient outcomes. They’re a collaboration between the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Medical City Frisco is a 54-bed acute care hospital. “This accomplishment demonstrates to our patients and community that our bariatric program meets the highest standards of care for people seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions,” Charles Gressle, CEO of… Full Story

Parkland Hires Associate Chief Talent Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System has hired an associate chief talent officer, filling the vacancy formed when the system promoted its former associate to the CTO role. The new hire is a familiar face. Marnese Barksdale Elder will be Parkland’s new senior vice president and associate CTO. Elder is returning after a two-year stint as president of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and as owner and CEO of Mecca Management. She was a VP and the associate CTO prior to leaving and first joined the hospital in 2000. In March, Parkland promoted Corey Jackson to CTO to fill the… Full Story

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