Longtime Methodist VP Tapped To Lead Communications at HCA North Texas

The Hospital Corporation of America announced Monday that it has hired Methodist Hospital System’s longtime vice president of public relations to head its communications strategy for 13 hospitals and its Dallas-area freestanding emergency rooms. Kathleen Beathard will be HCA’s vice president of strategic communications for its North Texas division starting August 18. She’s spent the last 12 years as VP of public relations and marketing at Methodist. Her job duties also include communications for HCA’s diagnostic imaging centers and urgent care locations. “Kathleen has successfully met challenges ranging from creating and sustaining a new corporate brand, to crisis communications and… Full Story

Study: Abortions In Texas Declined 13 Percent After HB2

The University of Texas’ Texas Policy Evaluation Project released the findings earlier this month in a study that will be published in the journal Contraception. The decline amounted to 9,200 fewer annual abortions, steepper than average statewide and national declines in years past. Full Story