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

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

Methodist Dallas Airs Live Kidney Transplant On Facebook

Methodist Dallas broadcasted a live kidney transplant via Facebook Live Friday morning, a narrated bit of educational fun they hope will put the public more in-the-know on kidney donation and the need for donors. This particular donor was a 47-year-old mother donating a kidney to her 20-year-old daughter, Jessica Gutierrez, of Cedar Hill. Jessica was born with renal problems and was in stage 4 kidney failure prior to finding out her mom was a match. The video seems to have accomplished it’s objective—tons of people interacted and asked questions throughout, and as of Friday afternoon the first video, which shows… Full Story

Methodist Health To Launch A ‘Concierge’ Health Service In Highland Park

Methodist Health System is launching a new “concierge”-style health center based in Highland Park. It’ll be a member-based service that, in addition to in-person care, will give patients 24/7 tele-access to physicians. Methodist Premier Wellness, as it will be called, will focus on personalized care, Methodist says. Members will get a comprehensive physical exam, blood test analysis, and nutrition and exercise counseling. Botox and chemical peels are also in the mix. More: Methodist Premier Wellness opens its doors in September and will be located at 4101 Lomo Alto Drive in Highland Park. Family medicine physician, Callie Hollenshead, MD, will launch the… Full Story

Facility With Urgent Care, Primary Care, Specialists Marks New Model For Methodist Health

Methodist Health System has opened a new facility in Grand Prairie that marks a new model for the company, as systems continue to rethink their approach to the physical spaces in which they deliver care across expanding North Texas. The Methodist Convenient Care Campus combines an urgent care on the first floor with primary care on the second and specialists on the third. (Methodist has two other urgent care centers—Dallas and Mansfield—but both of those are standalone facilities.) Brass cut the ribbon on the 31,000-square-foot, $14 million facility on Thursday. Methodist Urgent Care will have extended hours and be open… Full Story

Methodist Health System Signs Facilities Management Deal With JLL

Methodist Health System has signed JLL to do integrated facilities management across four hospitals throughout North Texas, JLL said this week. The real estate and investment management firm says it reached its savings goal for Methodist during the first two months of the deal. JLL declined to provide the terms of the agreement. Dallas-based Methodist Health System has 10 hospitals in all under its branding, either through ownership or affiliation. “At the center of our partnership approach is collaboration and an understanding that Methodist’s existing [facilities management] team has institutional knowledge that can’t easily be replicated,” says Michael Marsh, managing… Full Story

Southwest Transplant Alliance Names VP of Human Resources

Southwest Transplant Alliance said Wednesday that it has promoted Jo Ann Arias to vice president of human resources. Arias is the former lead of human resources strategy and operations who came over to STA from Dallas-based Methodist Health System in 2009. At STA, which is one of the largest organ procurement organizations in the U.S., she’s helped establish the non-profit’s professional development program. At Methodist, Arias was the corporate director of HR. She earned her undergraduate degree and master’s from Texas Women’s University.

Methodist Recognized as One of the Most Diverse Health Systems in the Country

Methodist Health System came in at No. 2 on DiversityInc’s list of most diverse health systems and hospitals in the U.S. The yearly rankings recognize companies that commit to diversity in hiring, retaining, and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT, and veterans. They take into account recruitment, talent development, senior leadership commitment, and supplier diversity. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for Methodist. We prioritize intentional inclusion and diversity, with leadership collaboratives at each of our entities,” Methodist CEO Stephen Mansfield said in a statement. “My team and I believe diversity and intentional inclusion enhances the quality of care we… Full Story

Methodist’s Physician Group Names First Chief Operating Officer

Methodist Medical Group, the physician group of Methodist Health System that encompasses 120 providers across 35 facilities, has named a senior vice president and chief operating officer. Michael Bukosky will take on the role. It’s the first COO for the group, a need created by growth from MMG and Methodist Health System overall, a spokesperson for the Dallas-based system said. Bukosky comes to Methodist after serving as chief administrative officer at the primary care and specialty care network USMD Holdings Inc. Bukosky was also president of USMD Physician Practice Management, the company’s clinic services side encompassing 250 physicians and associate… Full Story

Microhospitals Have Become Part of the North Texas Healthcare Equation, But Will Some Feel The Heat from A CMS Survey Change?

Toward the end of February, Cook Children’s announced that it would close Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital and turn it into an ambulatory surgical center. The system determined that, as it’s currently operating, the Hurst-based facility would no longer meet the definition of a hospital under the tweaked guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services late last year. The guidance says that to be defined as a hospital—more precisely, to get a foot in the door so that CMS can evaluate your merits by various other criteria—a facility must have an average daily overnight census of at least… Full Story