Melissa McLeroy Tapped for CFO Role at Medical City Dallas

Melissa McLeroy has been named chief financial officer at Medical City Dallas. She replaces Susan Shreeve, who was promoted to be CFO of the capital division in Richmond, Virginia, for HCA, Medical City’s parent. As CFO, McLeroy will oversee all financial activities, including accounting and budgeting, as well as operational strategies such as forecasting and planning. “Melissa brings proven results leading financial, operational, and growth initiatives,” Chris Mowan, CEO of Medical City Dallas, said in a news release. “Her strong experience with development and financial performance makes her the ideal fit for this position.” Most recently, McLeroy served as CFO… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White To Build $30M Heart Hospital in McKinney

Citing increased demand for cardiovascular services, Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health said it would build a $30 million, integrated heart hospital on the campus of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-McKinney. Construction on the 35,000-square-foot facility, to be called The Heart Hospital Baylor McKinney, will begin by January 31, with a planned opening in March 2019. The new hospital is expected to employ about 60. The Heart Hospital Baylor McKinney, which will aim to serve cardiovascular patients across north Collin and Grayson counties as well as Oklahoma, will try to replicate the high-quality care model established by The Heart… Full Story

UT Southwestern, Paul Quinn College Partner On Mental Health Services for Students

UT Southwestern Medical Center and Paul Quinn College, a historically African American, liberal arts institution in Dallas, have teamed up to establish the first mental-health services program in the college’s history. The pioneering relationship developed after Dr. Michael Sorrell, the Paul Quinn president, recognized the need for mental-health services that not only help students navigate the typical stress associated with college life, but also address any past and present trauma associated with their home environments. At Paul Quinn, about 40 percent of the student body consists of young adults from urban, poverty-stricken areas of cities such as Oakland, Chicago, Minneapolis-St.… Full Story

Texas Health VP Elected Board Chair of American Health Information Management Association

Diann H. Smith, vice president of health information management services and clinical documentation improvement at Arlington-based Texas Health Resources, has been elected the 2018 president/chair of the board of directors of the American Health Information Management Association. The 13-member board provides the national group, which includes more than 103,000 health-information professionals, with strategic guidance on the likes of information governance and analytics. Smith’s one-year term as board chair began on Jan.1. “To reach new heights in our profession, AHIMA must keep healthcare management relevant by leveraging strategies that will ensure our legacy in the healthcare industry,” Smith said in a… Full Story

Gill Joins Texas Scottish Rite Hospital to Lead Orthopedics Team at New Frisco Facility

Dr. Corey S. Gill has joined Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to lead the general-orthopedics team at the new Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, which will open in Frisco in the fall. Gill, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, comes to Dallas-based Scottish Rite Hospital from private practice at Dallas-based Southwest Pediatric Orthopedics. In addition to working there, Gill served as medical director of pediatric orthopedics at Medical City Dallas, where he helped guide Medical City’s transition from a Level III to a Level II trauma center for pediatric orthopedics. “Dr. Gill first came to Scottish Rite… Full Story

Report: Tenet’s Last Two Hospitals in Philadelphia Are Sold

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, aiming to reduce its debt by continuing to shed hospitals, has finalized the sale of its last two medical centers in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported. Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children were snapped up by American Academic Health System for $170 million, the publication said. Also included in the sale were Tenet’s other healthcare-related operations in Philadephia. American Academic was founded by Los Angeles-based Paladin Healthcare in 2016 to own and operate academic medical centers as well as general acute-care hospitals nationwide, according to the Business Journal. “We are thrilled and proud… Full Story

UT Southwestern Receives Award for Its Healthcare IT

The national Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has recognized Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center with its 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award. The award honors the outstanding achievements of organizations that have used health information technology to improve patient outcomes and value. “UT Southwestern is an organization driven to enhance patient safety and improve patient outcomes,” Jonathan French, senior director of quality and patient safety initiatives at HIMSS North America, said in a news release. “UT Southwestern has created an enterprise-wide culture of using health information and technology to make data-driven decisions and create a culture of safety.” UTSW’s Health… Full Story

Genesis Launches ACO With Eight Value-based Contracts

Dallas-based Genesis Physicians Group, an independent physicians association that supports about 1,700 doctors and advanced practitioner members, has plunged headlong into the Accountable Care Organization space, securing eight value-based contracts with top health plans for 2018. The lineup of new contracts includes CMS’ Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO, Aetna Medicare Advantage, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Cigna Commercial, Healthcare Highways Commercial, Humana Medicare Advantage, Universal American-TexasPLUS Medicare Advantage, and Wellcare Medicare Advantage. Genesis, which had piloted a few value-based contracts in recent years, said its strategic move will incentivize its independent physician members when they improve care for a… Full Story

Multi-year Pact Reunites Irving GPO with Independent Hospital Network

Plano-based TPC, a network of independent, community-based hospitals in Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri, has signed an agreement with Irving-based Vizient for purchasing, supply chain, and other operational support. Under the multi-year agreement, whose value was not disclosed, Vizient will serve as the preferred national group purchasing organization, or GPO, and strategic cost-management partner for TPC. The agreement re-establishes a relationship between the two entities that was severed in late 2016, when TPC decided to align during 2017 with Resource Optimization & Innovation (ROi). “The landscape evolved very quickly over the past year,” Geoff Brenner, TPC’s president and CEO, explained in… Full Story

Building Sale Opens Up Medical Office Space in Frisco

JKM Partners LLC, a group of general practitioners, has sold a 9,160-square-foot building at Frisco’s Legacy Medical Plaza for an undisclosed sum. Michael Wilson with Venture Commercial Real Estate represented JKM Partners. Vicki Whitmer with Huffman Real Estate represented the buyer, a private investor. “JKM Partners is Baylor Scott & White Family Medicine,” a Venture spokesperson said. “They sold the building and are moving to new offices in The Star in Frisco.” In a story under the title “New Year, New Name,” the website for Baylor Scott & White Family Medicine-Frisco says the group is changing its name to Baylor… Full Story