Join Us For A D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel Featuring CEOs From Baylor, Texas Health, Methodist, and StratiFi

The area’s healthcare needs are expanding as North Texas booms. Meanwhile, tech and regulation have ushered in an era in which more and more medicine is practiced on an outpatient rather than an inpatient basis. This puts providers trying to figure out where to park their profits at a crossroads: Should they invest in expanding large hospitals—seeing the growing populations—or move into smaller communities with more focused models of care? We’ve already seen a wide, creative mix from the major health systems of North Texas. At an upcoming D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel, we’ll gather a few of their chief executives… Full Story

Hospital Systems Are Rushing To Plant Sports Medicine Investments in Collin County

Near the end of the first set of a close volleyball match in January, Alexis James, a young, sought-after recruit from Frisco, called for a “three” set, meaning a quick set toward the inside portion of Alexis’ position. What came instead looked more like a “hut,” a set that shoots out toward the antenna located at the end of the net. Alexis made a quick adjustment but came down awkwardly on her left leg. Raised by a football-coach father, she shook it off and kept playing. It wasn’t until two weeks later—after insistence by her club-team coaches that she was fine,… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White’s Fort Worth, Dallas Campuses Experience Baby Booms

A whopping 48 babies were born at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth during a 41-hour span from June 26 to June 28. That compares to the hospital’s average of about 15 a day (5,700 total in 2017), which already makes it the busiest labor & deliver unit within the Baylor Scott & White Health system. The facility was well-equipped for the rush, with 64 postpartum rooms and 19 L&D rooms, although it did call in extra staff. That stretch follows a previous rush at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where 42 babies entered… 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

Baylor Scott & White’s $100M Sports Medicine Collaboration With The Dallas Cowboys Is Open For Business

Sports medicine is far from an afterthought for hospital systems these days, and nothing lays that bare quite like recent, massive investments in Collin County. One of the largest, a $100 million facility at The Star in Frisco, got all fancied up for its public debut on Wednesday. I was stuck in the office, but one of our talented interns, Madeline Fry, went out for the rundown. Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star is the result of a collaboration between the Dallas Cowboys, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Frisco ISD. It’s a nine-story, 300,000-square-foot… Full Story

Where DFW’s Healthcare Community Stands On A Price Transparency Proposal From CMS

Ask a random selection of people about whether they’d appreciate more up-front knowledge about the prices they pay for healthcare, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that’s happy flailing around in the dark. As the public becomes more aware of inflated costs, the drumbeat for price transparency grows louder. But even so, practicality issues abound in transitioning a market whose prices have long sat largely beyond consumer view. As a result, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have proposed a rule that would force hospitals to post their lists of standard charges on their websites. At a minimum,… Full Story

Amid News That Others Like It Have Struggled, DFW’s Lone Proton Therapy Center Says It’s Viable, With Room For Growth

Coming up on three years since it first started treating patients, the Texas Center for Proton Therapy has administered proton beam therapy to 1,000 people. It’s a rate that’s kept the $105 million facility financially viable, even as it seeks to take on higher volumes moving forward, the center says. “I think patient volumes have been pretty consistent with what I was expecting coming in,” says Dr. Andrew Lee, who heads the facility. “This is not my first proton center. Just personally, I’ve been very pleased and honored to be part of the team that’s brought proton therapy to the… Full Story

Conversation With: Dr. Robert Fine, BSWH’s Palliative Care Whiz, On How Honest Conversations Can Save Hospitals Money

Dr. Robert Fine, the Baylor Scott & White Health physician who has become one of the pioneers in the still-relatively-new field of palliative care, has a new study out about its cost-saving effects. Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Fine and others looked at the economics of palliative care for hospitalized adults with serious illnesses. The findings, in a nutshell: palliative care saves hospitals money—about $3,000 per patient. I got Fine on the phone to tell me more. You just published a study on the economics of palliative care. What’d you find? This was a meta-analysis, a pooling of a lot… Full Story

Pop Sci Dives In On the Uterus Transplant Program at Baylor University Medical Center

Tucked into the Summer 2018 issue of Popular Science, which came out this month, is a feature on uterus transplants and the clinical trial at Baylor University Medical Center—which produced the first two U.S. babies born to women who received the transplant. Those occurred in November and February, respectively. A few points that stuck out to me from the story, which was written by freelancer Erin Biba: • Baylor Scott & White Health transplant surgeon Giuliano Testa estimates the procedures cost about $250,000, “putting the operations beyond the reach of any but the most affluent,” as Biba writes. • Since the hospital… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White Executive Named A Top COO by Modern Healthcare

Baylor Scott & White Health’s John McWhorter has been named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 COOs in Healthcare 2018, his second straight year on the list. McWhorter, who’d previously served as president of Baylor University Medical Center, has been chief operating officer of the Dallas-based not-for-profit healthcare system since 2015. Modern Healthcare’s COO recognition spans all healthcare sectors and organizational sizes. McWhorter was joined on the list last year by Jeff Puckett, COO at Irving-based Christus Health. You’ll find 2018’s top 25 right here.