Conversation With: Brent Christopher, Incoming Chief Of Children’s Medical Foundation

In July, Dr. Kern Wildenthal, the former head of UT Southwestern and current president of the philanthropic arm of the Children’s Medical Foundation, will retire. His replacement is hardly a slouch: Brent Christopher, the former head of the Communities Foundation of Texas, will begin immediately after Wildenthal steps down. He hopes to bring to Children’s the same success he’s overseen at the Communities Foundation, which will have doubled its assets since his arrival in 2005. Full Story

THR Bids For Forest Park Fort Worth; Methodist Plans To Buy Southlake Operations

More of the bankrupt, upscale Forest Park Medical Center hospitals are beginning to fall to other providers. Last week, Arlington’s Texas Health Resources posted a leading bid for the Fort Worth facility and the Methodist Health System received a judge’s blessing for its plans to buy the operations in Southlake. Full Story

CEO Spotlight: Jonathan Clarke of Mend Talks Scaling On-Demand Urgent Care

Dallas-based Mend, the on-demand urgent care startup that uses an app to send a practitioner to a patient’s location, has had an active few months. Children’s Health System of Texas recently acquired a majority interest in the company, giving it the capital to scale its model across Dallas-Fort Worth. It also placed second in a pitch competition with more than 4,500 others at South by Southwest back in March, which D Healthcare Daily covered last month. Recently, its CEO, Dr. Jonathan Clarke, dropped by the studios of D CEO media partner KRLD-FM to speak with David Johnson as part of his CEO Spotlight… Full Story

Update: Texas’ Top Health Official Announces Retirement

The state’s largest dailies report that Texas’ top health official will retire at the end of May, less than a year after he took over the job. Chris Traylor, the head of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, will reportedly step down at the end of May, less than a month after the state requested a 15-month extension on a Medicaid waiver that has sent Texas’ hospitals nearly $30 billion since 2011. Full Story