Many companies do not write checks for their highest health-related costs. A decade ago, two studies found that on-the-job productivity losses from pain and depression cost U.S. employers more than $90 billion in today’s dollars. The phenomenon is known as “presenteeism.”
Unexplained fits of rage. Forgetting where he was yesterday. A Dallas Cowboys great opens up, and begins to discover the price of football.
Every city in the country has certain factors that uniquely affect the health of its residents—everything from pollution and water quality to alcohol consumption and divorce rate. Dallas is no different. Dallasites work more, eat more, and drink more. And, in some respects, our bodies are paying for it. But just how bad is Dallas for your health? Click here to read the full D Magazine feature story by Lauren Silva Laughlin.
Best Doctors is a peer-review voting process. We rely on the doctors’ expertise to determine who deserves to be on the list, just like a doctor would recommend a specialist to a patient. This year, we mailed a letter to 8,835 local doctors inviting them to vote using a ballot on our website. They could vote for up to three doctors in 43 categories. The nomination form asked them to cast a vote bearing in mind the following question: which Dallas doctors would you trust with the care of a loved one? This year, 29,944 votes were cast by 1,466… Full Story
Bert Marshall knows that life can turn on a dime. Marshall, who was then president of health insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, arrived home from a vacation on a Saturday in late May 2012. He’d been in France celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary. There was a message on his answering machine from Martin Foster, executive vice president of Health Care Service Corp., which oversees BCBS health plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Call me tomorrow, Foster said. Marshall did. Foster told him that Darren Rodgers, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, was moving… Full Story
At first glance, Michelle Pelzel doesn’t appear to be someone who has struggled with fertility issues. With her newborn twin boys and toddler daughter in tow, she’s fully immersed in the joys of motherhood. The Plano mom’s situation has changed dramatically from three years ago, when her biological clock was loudly ticking. After trying to become pregnant for a year, Pelzel, then 26, and her husband, Terry, decided it was time to see a fertility specialist. “We didn’t tell people we were trying, but we ended up having dinner with some friends and they were pregnant at the time,” Pelzel… Full Story
So many lives have been touched by the nurses featured on this list. Their hard work, sharp minds, and easy bedside manner earned them a spot in our second Excellence in Nursing Awards. We received 339 nominations (to see how we narrowed down the list and for the full list of finalists, click here). One nurse continued to treat others as she underwent chemotherapy. Another broke through language barriers to better care for two young boys. And there’s the nurse whose impact was so felt that his young patient declared she wanted to take him home with her. We’re lucky to… Full Story
Selecting the cream of the crop among financial executives in Dallas-Fort Worth each year is never easy, and 2013 proved it again. That’s because North Texas is blessed with an abundance of talent in the finance arena, with savvy professionals helping to pare company costs, structure sales, raise billions of dollars, and strategize to manage growth, often on a debt-free basis. To identify the honorees in D CEO’s 2013 Financial Executives Awards along with our partners the Dallas CPA Society, Financial Executives International, and the Association for Corporate Growth, we were assisted by an outstanding panel of judges. They were Sharon Ellis,… Full Story
Harold Carmichael III, known to his friends as Trey, had band practice the night before 19,000 people sent him on a mission to Austin. He’s 47 and ekes out a living as a graphic designer and creative director, but he has been drumming in local bands for years. Practice ran late. And then he got just enough sleep to ensure that he walked out the door later than he’d planned. Heavy traffic started on I-35 around Temple and stuck with him all the way into the city. When he reached the Capitol, he ran into more problems. The visitors’ lot… Full Story
Lately we’ve seen some traditional Dallas companies investing in technology and expanding in non-traditional ways. By finding innovative uses of mobile applications and cloud-based services, these firms aren’t just digitizing what they do, but creating opportunities for their own companies and their customers. When the convergence of communications services and devices took hold, consumers and businesses began to behave differently and the culture changed. Businesses are now starting to respond. “There’s a growing realization that companies must establish successful platforms, not just products,” explains Amit Basu, a professor at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. What’s a platform? Basu… Full Story