How Texas Health Resources Managed Its Ebola Crisis

CEO Barclay Berdan had been on the job for less than a month when the deadly virus struck Presbyterian hospital. In his March cover story in D CEO, Senior Editor Matt Goodman delves into how the leaders of Texas Health Resources and Presby managed the system and the hospital during an unprecedented crisis: Treating the first three people to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Full Story

How DFW Organizations Pursue Population Health

The triple aim promoted by former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Donald Berwick—lowering per-capita costs, improving the patient experience and improving population health—is taken as an article of faith. The vaguest of these three is population health. What exactly does it mean? In a widely cited Journal of the American Medical Association article, Douglas Noble and Lawrence Casalino wrote that accountable care organizations were interpreting population health in medical terms, or “as a responsibility to provide preventive care for all of their patients and care management for their patients with serious chronic disease.” “Population health,” they wrote, “depends not… Full Story

North Texas Hospitals Focus on Food to Improve Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction

Hospitals are paying more attention to food for two reasons: cutting readmissions and increasing patient satisfaction. With malnutrition increasing costs, length of stay, and poor patient outcomes, more than 100,000 U.S. dietitians, nurses, hospitalists and other physicians and clinicians launched an interdisciplinary partnership called the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition in May to improve patient outcomes through nutrition intervention in the hospital. The alliance urged early nutrition screening, assessment and intervention in hospitals. It also launched a website—www.malnutrition.com—to provide hospital-based clinicians guidance on how to combat the problem. One out of three patients enters the hospital malnourished, and more become… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Named as ‘Most Wired’ Health System

Arlington-based Texas Health Resources have been designated among the nation’s “most wired” institutions in recognition of its implementation and use of information technology in its health-care delivery systems, Hospitals and Health Networks announced this week. “We see IT as a strategic lever that enables us to achieve superior business and clinical outcomes,” said Edward Marx, senior vice president and chief information officer at THR. “Our IT strategy is completely aligned with our overall strategy as an organization. Everything we are doing has a technology underpinning. If our organization is going to get to the next level, then we need all the… Full Story

THR, Cooper Aerobics Offer New Mental Health, Wellness Services in McKinney

Texas Health Resources has begun providing behavioral healthcare and “integrated wellness” services at the Cooper Craig Ranch in McKinney. Services include health consultations, counseling, and group therapy that address physical and mental well-being. Group therapy will include sessions for adolescents and women. Special programs will address the emotional aspects of chronic pain, heart and cancer issues, and anxiety. The services are provided by about a dozen employees from Texas Health Springwood Hospital in Bedford and the Seay Behavioral Health Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. THR and Cooper officials say the new services comprise a wellness center. Cooper Craig… Full Story

THR Names New Chief Clinical Officer: Former KentuckyOne Exec Daniel Varga

With an eye toward advancing clinical quality and operational excellence, Texas Health Resources has named Daniel Varga, M.D., as chief clinical officer and senior executive vice president. He’ll assume his new post on Jan. 14. Varga comes to THR from KentuckyOne, the largest health system in Kentucky, where he served as chief clinical officer. He resigned from that post in late November. At THR, Varga will be responsible for integrating clinical enterprise, including quality, patient safety, and patient experience initiatives. He’ll also oversee physician relationships, clinical integration, care design, and clinical research, and education. Doug Hawthorne, Texas Health Resources’ CEO,… Full Story

Dallas Medical Society to Discontinue Project Access Dallas in 2013

The Dallas County Medical Society has decided to shut down Project Access Dallas, its successful 10-year-old program that provides charity care to the uninsured, in 2013. The DCMS board voted Wednesday to discontinue the program after falling short of getting the funding it requested under the new 1115 Medicaid Waiver. The DCMS board withdrew its support for the waiver’s regional health plan in a Nov. 15 letter to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. Jim Walton, DO, the program’s medical director, and Richard Snyder, MD, DCMS president, issued a joint statement on the decision: “Dallas area hospitals will… Full Story

UTD’s Specialized Master’s Program Grooms UTSW, THR Physicians and Managers for Senior Leadership Roles

This weekend, two dozen UT Southwestern managers and physicians will become the inaugural graduates of a custom-made healthcare management master’s degree program. The Healthcare Organization Leadership Program was designed and administered by the University of Texas at Dallas. The goal of the degree, called Master of Science in Management and Administrative Services, with a concentration in healthcare organization leadership, is to educate budding healthcare leaders on the fundamentals of finance and management. The program has blossomed into a partnership between the academic medical center and Texas Health Resources (THR). “We recognized that if we are going to deal with health… Full Story

Healthways CEO on Why Employers Should Value Wellness More Than Health Costs

Companies need to move beyond healthcare costs to focus more on boosting the well-being of their employees, according to Healthways chief executive officer Ben Leedle. Minimizing health risks and investing in healthy employees has a $1.50 return on investment for every dollar spent, Leedle said, because it improves employee engagement, productivity, and performance. Leedle was the keynote speaker at the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health’s annual value-based benefits and wellness forum Thursday at the Westin Galleria in Dallas. Healthways, based in Franklin, Tenn., and Texas Health Resources announced a 10-year agreement in April to help physicians analyze and address… 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