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

Dallas County Commissioners Amend Agreement to Sell Former Parkland Campus

The Dallas County commissioners on Tuesday approved—by a 3-2 margin—an amendment to the original agreement to sell Parkland hospital. It adds parking solutions, additional compensation, and economic security, according to a story from D CEO’s Julia Bunch. In the piece, Julia writes about why the sale is a win for the county hospital. Developer Sam Ware, of Dreien Opportunity Partners, is planning to turn the old hospital into a mixed-use campus. Read Julia’s story on the latest developments here.

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

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.

Parkland Among First in the U.S. to Debut Speedier Heart Attack Test

Parkland Health & Hospital System says a new test the hospital put into play in December can diagnose heart attacks faster and with greater precision. The Trop T-hs assay is a more sensitive version of the Trop T-hs blood test, which checks the blood for cardiac troponin, a protein released from the heart when it’s damaged. The new version has shown the ability to rule out heart attack within the first hour in about half the patients presenting with chest pain, according to the pre-implementation tests run by Parkland. The traditional test requires three to six hours. Heart attack presents… Full Story

With Cases on the Rise, Parkland Recognizes Burn Awareness Week

In 2017, Parkland admitted more than 230 children for specialized burn treatments. More than half of them were three years old or younger. “The number of both pediatric and adult patients admitted to the burn center has steadily increased over the years along with the population growth in North Texas,” Parkland Burn Program Manager Stephanie Campbell says. “The rate of pediatric admissions has remained steady, representing about a third of our total admissions each year,” Campbell says. With burn cases on the rise, experts at Parkland, the fourth busiest pediatric burn center in the U.S., are reiterating the importance of… Full Story

Parkland Program for Correctional Health Nurses is First of its Kind

Parkland is creating highly-skilled nurses fit specifically for the world of correctional health with a 12-week course the hospital says is the only one like it in the country. The Correctional Health Nursing Residency program, offered through Parkland’s Clinical Education department, combines classroom instruction and clinical experience with a mentor. It’s offered twice a year and trains nurses on the full spectrum of correctional health, from juvenile services to psychiatric services. Parkland took over healthcare for inmates at the Dallas County Jail in 2006. Dallas County Sheriffs Deputies are always on hand when patients are being treated, and very few… Full Story

Conversation With Parkland Health & Hospital System Interim CEO Bob Smith

Parkland Health and Hospital System continues its quest for a new CEO, narrowing the field to four candidates earlier this month. They include current executive vice president and CFO Walter (Ted) Shaw, and three out-of-state candidates. Running the show until then is Bob Smith, interim CEO, who took over in September. A former vice president of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp., Smith came out of retirement to lead Parkland through the end of December, or until a permanent CEO is found. He talked with D Healthcare Daily about the changes that are under way at Parkland, and what lies ahead.  Q:… Full Story