Conversation With: Methodist Health System Foundation CEO April Box Chamberlain

Despite what the headline above reads, April Box Chamberlain does much more than serve as president and CEO of the Methodist Health System Foundation. She’s also the senior VP of external affairs for the company, whose purview stretches from McKinney to Midlothian. The company’s flagship center, Methodist Dallas, is currently undergoing a $108 million addition to its trauma center. Later this month, she’ll be named “Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the greater Dallas chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. We sat down with Box Chamberlain to discuss the Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower, Methodist’s role in the expansion… Full Story

Accolades (10.09.12)

PEOPLE Becky Tucker, administrator for Texas Health Harris Methodist Outpatient Center Burleson, has been named to Modern Healthcare’s 2012 “Up and Comers” list. Methodist Health System’s Michael M. Boone will receive the 2012 Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award. Novation’s Jill Witter has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Association of Corporate Counsel and D CEO Corporate Counsel Awards. Texas Health Resources’ Chief Information Officer Edward W. Marx has received the Fourth Annual State Advocacy Award for CIO Leadership from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, a national organization of senior health care IT leaders. Jessica McKinley, a… Full Story

Three Dallas Companies Make “Healthcare’s Hottest” List

Three North Texas companies have been named to Modern Healthcare’s inaugural “Healthcare’s Hottest” list. The rankings recognize the 40 fastest-growing companies and organizations in the $2.7 trillion healthcare industry. Local companies making the list include MedSynergies (No. 8), NorthStar Anesthesia (No. 15), and Methodist Health System (No. 33).  

Morning Rounds (09.25.12)

Methodist Health System will break ground Sept. 27 on a $120 million hospital expansion at Methodist Richardson Medical Center.

Mandatory spending cuts to Medicare will mean large-scale job losses in physician offices and throughout the healthcare system.

UTA‘s College of Nursing and School of Social Work is using a $900,000 grant to help improve connections between nurses and social workers.

Those with high blood pressure tend to experience poorer sleep quality, according to a report presented to the American Heart Association.

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Methodist to Mark Groundbreaking of $108 Million Trauma and Critical Care Tower

On the 11 anniversary of 9/11, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Louie Bright III, and Police Chief David O. Brown will mark the ground-breaking of a new $108 million Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Slated to open in 2014, the six-story, 248,000-square-foot facility will be dedicated solely to emergency and trauma care. Click here for a construction timeline for the project. Click here for an update on other medical real estate developments under way in North Texas.

Morning Rounds (08.29.12)

Methodist Richardson is slated to open a new wound care center next month. It will offer outpatient care for patients with chronic, non-healing wounds that don’t improve with typical treatment.

UT Dallas will offer a healthcare specific major to undergrads for the first time this fall. UTD established the degree due, in part, to the high number of pre-health students at the university

UT Southwestern Medical Center study shows aspirin can help lower risk of death from prostate cancer.

Carl E. Everett, D.O., one of the three founders of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, has passed away at the age of 97. Throughout his life, he has made more contributions to UNT Health Science Center than any other individual. Full Story

Methodist Richardson to Open Wound Care Center

Methodist Richardson Medical Center is slated to open a specialized wound care center next month. Located at 403 W. Campbell Road, the Methodist Richardson Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center will offer specialized outpatient care for patients with chronic, non-healing wounds that show little or no sign of improvement with standard treatment. A multidisciplinary panel of physicians—including family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, vascular surgery, cardiovascular surgery, and podiatry—will direct the design and implementation of care plans tailored to each patient’s individual needs. The physicians are experts in treating diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, and various other wounds, and… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.28.12)

A growing healthcare client base is sparking a hiring spree at Irving-based Aegis. The global outsourcing services company is adding 1,080 jobs at its Irving centers.

4G Biometrics and Methodist Richardson Medical Center are among the winners of the Metroplex Technology Business Council’s 2012 Tech Titans awards. UTA’s Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega and UTD’s Robert L. Robb also were among those honored. Here’s a complete rundown.

With the recent landmark Supreme Court decision, it’s no surprise that John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, ranked No. 1 on Modern Healthcare’s 2012 “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list. Three local CEOs also made the list. Find out who.

Southlake and Flower Mound have voted to approve aerial spraying to combat West Nile Virus. Denton, Carrollton, and Coppell are among the Denton County cities opting out. Here’s where things currently stand. Full Story

Accolades (08.27.12)

PEOPLE Dr. Andrew Masica to be honored as Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council’s “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.” COMPANIES Brinkley Sargent Architects has won a 2012  IIDA Healthcare Interior Design award. Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital has been recognized as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. HealthCare ConsultLink in Fort Worth was given the Associate Member Award from Texas Association for Home Care. Methodist Richardson has won the Tech Titans Technology Adopter Award. Children’s Medical Center’s pediatric Nephrology department one of the top 10 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.… Full Story

Fewer than 15 Percent of Nation’s Hospitals are Planning ACOs for 2013

A nationwide survey of nearly 1,700 hospitals shows that just 13 percent are participating in—or plan to participate in—accountable care organizations in the next year. Locally, Texas Health Resources and North Texas Specialty Physicians were the first to participate in Medicare’s Pioneer ACO model. Last month, Methodist Health System announced it also was forming an ACO, with about 270 independent physicians. According to a report from The Commonwealth Fund, nearly all (93 percent) of existing hospital ACOs are physician-driven—either created as joint ventures between hospitals and physicians (57 percent) or physician-led (26 percent). An ACO is a network of healthcare… Full Story