Moody Foundation Gives $15M Toward Creating Moody Breast Health Center at Parkland

The Moody Foundation has contributed a lead gift toward efforts to create a new breast health center at Parkland health and Hospital System. The foundation added $15 million to the pot, bringing Parkland to about $30 million of its $40 million goal. The center will be named the Moody Breast Health Center at Parkland. Parkland treats about 20 percent of the breast cancer cases in Dallas County, and the cases tend to involve patients that are younger and diagnosed at later stages of the cancer. The hospital provides breast health services for 30,000 people, diagnosing and treating 400 breast cancer… Full Story

Parkland Set to Bring Video Interpretation In-House

Parkland Health and Hospital System will hire as many as 80 in-house, full-time employees to serve the bulk of its interpretation needs, an “insourcing” decision the system says will save more than $1 million. The county hospital has been plugged into a video interpreter network for the last five years. Patients with a language barrier speak to providers via out-of-county interpreters on a screen. Many of them were based at their homes in Guatemala or Mexico, the system says. The video part won’t change under Parkland’s new plan. Meredith Stegall, Parkland’s director of language services, says that when her team… Full Story

Deal for Former Parkland Campus Falls Through

Well, this came as a surprise in the inbox when I returned from lunch. Parkland Health & Hospital System says in a statement that they will remarket the former Parkland campus after the deal with the previous buyer fell through. The statement, which comes from Michael Malaise, Parkland’s SVP for community and external relations, says Dreien Opportunities LLC was unable to “complete and close the necessary financing within the time frame required under the purchase agreement.” The deadline was April 17, and it came and went. Here’s Malaise’s full statement: Parkland has been notified that Dreien Opportunities LLC, who had… Full Story

Parkland’s New Chief Talent Officer on His New Role, Recruiting Talent, and Diversity and Inclusion

Parkland Health & Hospital System announced Corey Jackson as its new chief talent officer late last month. It’s a promotion for Jackson, the former associate chief talent officer, who takes over for the departing Jim Dunn. A couple days after the announcement, I hopped on the phone with Jackson, who has a J.D. and a background in diversity and inclusion (more detailed experience here), to hear about his approach to the new role. Here’s the conversation: You’re moving into a unique role because not only are you in charge of HR and employee experience, but you also have a hand… Full Story

Parkland Names a New Chief Talent Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System has promoted Corey Jackson to the role of executive vice president and chief talent officer. Jackson, who’d previously served as associate chief talent officer, takes over for Jim Dunn, who is moving on to be chief human resources officer at Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health, per Becker’s Hospital Review. Jackson brings a background in diversity and inclusion to the position. He’s a former VP of compliance, diversity, and ethics at George Mason University in Virginia. Prior to that, Jackson spent three years as the NCAA’s director of diversity and inclusion. He has a J.D. from… Full Story

Parkland Deploys Telemedicine to Shorten Specialty Care Wait Times

An e-Consult program at Parkland Health & Hospital System is helping cut into what had become a growing waiting list for gastroenterology (GI) patients. With more than 400 referrals a month coming in, wait times had reached at least six months in 2016. Within six months of instituting the e-Consult program in August of that year, 45 percent of GI consultations were taking place digitally. “Often the reason for referral is very simple and requires only a review of data in the patient’s medical chart,” said Dr. Christian Mayorga, clinical chief of digestive and liver diseases and senior medical director… Full Story

Parkland Wins Half of D Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards

Parkland Health & Hospital System had a record number of nurses that were honored with Excellence in Nursing Awards this year from D Magazine. The system had 45 nurses on the list, which included 91 winners overall. The awards, which came out in February, are based on submissions by physicians, nurses, and patients in the area. “We are extremely proud to have 45 of our nurses recognized for their extraordinary compassion and dedication to our patients,” said Karen Watts, executive vice president and chief nursing officer at Parkland, in a statement that went out this week. “Their hard work exemplifies… Full Story

Plans For the Former Parkland Complex Are Taking Shape

Over at D CEO, Senior Editor and real estate whiz Julia Bunch has an update on Sam Ware’s thoughts for the former Parkland hospital complex. The Dreien Opportunity Partners CEO, who’s in the final stages of securing the property, is keeping with his vision for a mix of housing, senior housing, and “micro” apartments for medical personnel. There’s also a conference center in the works as well as retail space with healthy food and craft coffee options, and a potential food hall. Count me in for a visit. Read Julia’s story here.

Squint and You Just Might See the End of Flu Seas—Nevermind, That’s Just More Flu

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the Walgreens Flu Index, which at the time showed that seven of the 10 most active U.S. markets for the flu, at least by drugs prescribed, were right here in Texas. Since then, the state has made some improvement, with just three local markets remaining on the list. Nice! Except one problem: Dallas-Fort Worth has actually climbed during that period, from fourth-worst in the country to second-worst, slotted just behind Oklahoma City. By the numbers, getting a grasp on where we stand within the evolution of this very bad flu season is difficult. DFW… Full Story

Former Parkland Board Chair Debbie Branson Honored With Prestigious Local Civic Award

Hailed as a focused leader who spurred the revitalization of Parkland Health and Hospital System at a critical time, Debbie Dudley Branson was honored Wednesday with the 87th annual Linz Award at a luncheon at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The award, presented jointly by Zales Jewelers and The Dallas Morning News, is one of the most prestigious civic honors in Dallas. Full Story