Tyler Nurse Indicted on Murder, Aggravated Assault Charges

More movement in the case of a 34-year-old Tyler nurse accused of injecting air into the arterial lines of patients, causing at least one to die of an ischemic stroke due to air embolism. William George Davis was indicted by a grand jury last week on a murder charge and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The Tyler Morning Telegraph says the indictment was unavailable—I’ll check in on whether that means it’s being sealed by authorities for the time-being. That would be my hunch. Davis is charged with the murder of 47-year-old Christopher Greenaway. When police announced… Full Story

Amid Agency’s Struggles, CEO of Dallas County’s Largest Mental Health Provider Gets One-Year Contract

The Metrocare Services Board of Trustees renewed the contract of its chief executive officer for one year on Thursday afternoon, without a raise in salary but with the possibility of a bonus of up to $50,000. Dr. John Burruss will remain the agency’s leader amid its financial struggles and after a lengthy CEO evaluation process. The board will have discretion to grant the bonus and decide its amount, Board President Terry James said Thursday. Burruss makes a salary of $382,347 and has received two $50,000 bonuses in the last three years. Burruss’ three-year contract as CEO was set to expire… Full Story

Children’s Health CNO Mary Stowe Talks Nursing Shortage

The nursing shortage continues to be a topic of great concern for healthcare executives across Dallas-Fort Worth and elsewhere, so I was thrilled when Children’s Health Chief Nursing Officer Mary Stowe accepted my invitation to go to lunch and talk it over. Her talent situation might be slightly different than others, she informed me, because pediatric hospitals such as Dallas-based Children’s attract so many new graduate applicants. The trick, then, is about finding the right mix. That’s a quite boiled-down version of the conversation we had for a story in the June issue of D CEO, which went online today.… Full Story

Multiple Healthcare Systems Eyeing Prospective, $250M Mesquite Medical Center

The Mesquite City Council has green-lighted a 60-acre, $250-million medical development at Interstate 635 and the Gross Road exit in Mesquite. It could bring as many as 1,800 jobs to the area. The developers are in talks with “multiple interested healthcare systems” and other providers, as the Dallas Morning News reports. They’ll partner on more than 600,000 square feet of medical space. Construction is set to begin mid-2019 on the mixed-use facility. As the DMN points out, about 2,200 people work in healthcare in Mesquite currently, so this is a huge get for the area. Find the paper’s coverage here.

Metrocare Board Likely To Decide CEO’s Fate This Week

The lengthy evaluation process of Metrocare Services CEO John Burruss will conclude at the agency’s board meeting on Thursday, and a decision about Burruss’ fate will likely follow. The closed-door executive session will include discussion on the “conclusion of CEO evaluation process and potential CEO contract renewal.” There’s an opportunity for the board to take action after executive session if need be. The behavioral health agency—Dallas County’s largest mental health provider, serving more than 57,000 adults and children annually—has for months been grappling with whether to extend the contract of its top executive amid the agency’s financial struggles. Burruss’ three-year… Full Story

Baylor University Medical Center Gets A New President

Baylor Scott & White Health named a new leader of its flagship Dallas location on Monday. Steven Newton, who’s been with the system since 2004, will become the new president of Baylor University Medical Center. Former president T. Douglas Lawson took a job in February as head of Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives’ Texas market, which includes Houston-based CHI St. Luke’s Health (the Houston Business Journal has more details there). The job has been filled on an interim basis by Scott Peek since then. Peek, chief operating officer at BUMC, will continue to serve in that role following the move. Newton… Full Story

Texas Health Physicians Group Recalibrates Leadership As Executive Departs For Cleveland Clinic

A Dallas healthcare executive who’d been serving as chief medical officer at the Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG) has left the system for the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Adam Myers had also served as chair of the Clinical Integration team pairing Arlington-based Texas Health Resources with Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center (a collaboration known as Southwestern Health Resources). He’ll be the chief of population health and director of Cleveland Clinic Community Care at the high-profile, Cleveland-based medical center. Dr. Shawn Parsley, president of THPG, is expanding his role to include chief operations officer following the move. Dr. Lynn Myers—no relation—becomes chief… Full Story

UT Southwestern Immunologist Receives $300,000 Research Grant

Dr. Tiffany Reese, a UT Southwestern Medical Center immunologist, received the Pew Scholar award in Biomedical Sciences to investigate maternal inflammation during pregnancy and how it alters the immunity of the developing fetus. Funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Scholars Program, the award allows Reese a 4-year grant for $300,000 to conduct her studies as one of 22 recipients chosen across the country. The program is targeted toward early-career scientists tackling some of the world’s most pressing health problems. “These awards are very difficult to get and I know there’s a lot of stiff competition out there, so I was… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Releases Sixth Sustainability Report

Texas Health Resources has released its sixth annual Community Responsibility and Sustainability Report, an overview of progress made in 2017 to improve organizational and fiscal sustainability. The report looks at programs implemented that were said to enhance Texas Health’s workplace, minimize its impact on the environment, and help it provide safe care in North Texas. Strategies executed by Texas Health last year include: investing $14 million in facility improvements; deploying 63 energy efficiency projects; providing 143,000 people with pastoral care; health education and services through the Faith Community Nursing Program; and breaking ground on a 325,000-square-foot acute care hospital in… Full Story

Tenet Pulls In 5 Million Servings Of Cereal During Annual Drive

Tenet Healthcare collected more than 5 million servings of the cereal during its annual Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive. Hundreds of Tenet facilities across the U.S., including more than 30 in North Texas, gathered cereal and raised $380,000 for Feeding America and local food banks during the week-long drive. The financial contribution, which includes a $100,000 match from Tenet, was up 23 percent from last year. Tenet’s SVP for Public Affairs Dan Waldmann says the company raised 63 percent more servings of cereal than last year. “We’ve grown this each year both in total financial donations and contributions of cereal,… Full Story