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

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

Infant Daughter of Dallas ISD Trustee Undergoes Successful Heart Transplant

After being diagnosed with a critical congenital heart defect and placed on the transplant list almost immediately after birth, 3-month old Olivia Solis received a new heart this week. It started beating very early Tuesday morning, as D’s Matt Goodman reported Wednesday. Miguel Solis is a Dallas ISD trustee who’s been chronicling his daughter’s fight via social media over the last couple months. Matt’s story does a great job contextualizing just how rare this is—only a dozen babies of Olivia’s delicate age received a heart transplant last year. Each of those were done either here at Children’s Medical Center in… Full Story

Children’s Health To Sell 13 Clinical Sites, Take a Minority Stake In New Owner MD Medical Group

Children’s Health has entered an agreement to sell 13 of its 17 clinic locations to MD Medical Group, a fast-growing chain of clinics that operates locations in areas with high Medicaid rates. The Dallas-based pediatric health system will take a minority stake in MD Medical through the transaction, which will close on June 4. Children’s will close sites at St. Philip’s School and Community Center in Dallas, in Celina, and in DeSoto, retaining sole ownership only of its clinic at the Children’s Health Specialty Center in Dallas. A spokesperson for Children’s Health says the closures at those locations came after… Full Story

Children’s Health Rolls Out Another Round Of Executive Promotions

Children’s Health has announced another eight changes to executive positions. The announcements follow a previous series of changes to the titles and job scopes of administrators, which I covered in early May. Let’s get to the newest set: Kim Besse New Title: EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer Previous Title: SVP over human resources and the learning institute What the new job entails: “She is responsible for recruitment and staffing, benefits, compensation, employee relations and learning and development,” Children’s Health says. Pete Perialas New Title: EVP, Chief Strategy Officer Previous Title: SVP, Chief Strategy Officer  What the new job entails: “He… Full Story

Children’s Health Redefines Roles for Several Top Executives

Children’s Health announced a series of changes to the titles and job scopes of its executive team members, which it says will contribute to efficiency, help the system better align with its strategic priorities, and support strategic objectives that include a focus on the patient experience. There have been six changes so far—a spokesperson for the Dallas-based not-for-profit tells me a few more are on the way—so let’s take them one by one. David Berry New Title: President, System Clinical and Scientific Operations Previous Title: President of System Clinical Operations What it means: Berry will align Childrens’ clinical and scientific… Full Story

Panelists from Baylor Scott & White, UT Southwestern, and Children’s Weigh In On Hospital Innovation

On Monday afternoon, some innovation-minded hospital administrators gathered at Factory Six03, a trendy spot in downtown Dallas’ West End, to talk about hospital innovation. And they didn’t disappoint, offering some straightforward thoughts on topics ranging from a trend toward smaller, community hospitals, to telemedicine, to navigating a tricky transition period between fee-for-service and value-based care. With myself asking the questions, the panelists for the Dallas Startup Week event were Matthew Chambers, chief information officer at Baylor Scott & White Health; Suresh Gunasekaran, VP and chief of operations at UT Southwestern Health System; and Julie Hall-Barrow, VP of virtual health and… Full Story

UT Southwestern’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program Receives Accreditation

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, a collaboration with Children’s Health, has earned its accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association. The program becomes one of just 17 across the country and the second in the state—the other is in Houston—to be accredited. The criteria include medical services and personnel requirements and a rigorous accreditation process, UT Southwestern says. “Our ACHD program involves a very strong collaboration between UT Southwestern and Children’s Health and is a team effort with multiple care providers, including both adult and pediatric cardiologists (including six board-certified ACHD cardiologists), cardiac and pediatric cardiac… Full Story

Children’s Health Transplants Its 250th Heart

A high school freshman from Fort Worth was the recipient of the 250th heart transplant at The Heart Center at Children’s Health. The milestone procedure took place on Thursday, March 1. Children’s Health’s pediatric heart transplant program—the only one in North Texas and one of just two in the state—is celebrating its 30-year anniversary this year. In addition to hearts, the center does liver and kidney transplants. Overall, it’s performed more than 1,300 organ transplants in children. “This is a proud moment for the Heart Center as we reflect on the lives transformed through our heart transplant program,” said Dr.… Full Story