Texas Medical Association Names Local CEO

The Texas Medical Association has named Michael J. Darrouzet its new executive vice president and chief executive officer. Beginning September 1, the former chief executive of the Dallas County Medical Society will take over for Dr. Louis J. Goodman, who is retiring after managing the 53,000 physician organization since 1997. Darrouzet has been a part of several initiatives while at DCMS, including Project Access Dallas, My Medical Home, and the north Texas Accounatble Healthcare Partnership. He has been with the 7,500 member society, which is the second largest medical society in the country, since 1997. Prior to that, he was an assistant administrator… Full Story

Former Pharmacist Gets Two Years and $7 Million in Kickback Scheme

After pleading guilty to his role in a pharmacy kick-back scheme last year, federal court sentenced ex-pharmacist Ravi Morisetty to two years in federal prison and $7 million in restitution, according to the Dallas Morning News. The former Irving pharmacist was part of a scheme that defrauded the military insurance program of more than $100 million, and is the first of 13 defendants to be sentenced in the Trilogy Pharmacy case. DMN reports that Morisetty admitted to paying Trilogy’s marketers around $400,000 to funnel patients to Alpha Pharmacy, which he owned. Morisetty admitted to paying kickbacks to owners of a… Full Story

Which Local Health Leader was Named CEO of the Year by CEO Connection?

President and CEO of AMN Healthcare Susan Salka has been named 2019 CEO of the Year by CEO Connection for her leadership of the Dallas-based healthcare staffing company. The award recognizes mid-market companies for their innovation and vision, and AMN has become the largest healthcare staffing company in the country under Salka’s leadership. Since joining the company in 1990, she has played an integral role as an industry spokesperson while providing strategic and operational guidance to AMN. “This honor is a wonderful reflection of the thousands of caring, dedicated, and very talented team members who make the AMN Healthcare family so special.… Full Story

Texas Health Fort Worth Achieves Stroke Care Gold Seal of Approval

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers, and is just the third hospital in North Texas to do so. The hospital is the busiest stroke facility in North Texas and treated more than 1,200 stroke patients last year. The stroke program at Texas Health Fort Worth offers a dedicated neurosurgical intensive care unit, educational and support programs, a Brain Injury Transitional Services program, and virtual stroke care capabilities. The seal and check mark are top certifications for the… Full Story

Nurse Protests at Tenet Hospitals in California

More than 37,000 registered nurses picketed outside Tenet hospitals across California in hopes that hospital management would invest in nursing staff, according to the Sacramento Bee. The California Nurses Association nurses in are in contract negotiations in eight hospitals owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare. The nurses hope to improve recruitment and retention of experienced nurses to improve patient care, CNA said. Hospitals in San Luis Obispo, Templeton, Modesto, San Ramon, Turlock, Los Alamitos, Palm Springs and Joshua Tree were all part of the protest. CNA says that Tenet hospitals are relying more and more on “on-call” nurses, who have sometimes just… Full Story

Methodist to Name Oncology Unit for Former CEO Mansfield and His Wife

Methodist Health System Board members have raised $1.63 million to name a new unit after retiring president Stephen L. Mansfield, which was announced at a surprise celebration to honor his career there. The Mansfields were out to dinner when they were surprised by 150 colleagues and friends gathered to celebrate Mansfield’s career and announce the naming of the Marilyn and Dr. Stephen L. Mansfield Oncology Unit at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. Mansfield remains CEO Emeritus after nearly 13 years of service at Methodist. Chair of the Methodist Health System Board of Directors Julie Yarbrough and immediate past Board Chair John Collins… Full Story

Medical City Plano and Frisco Name a New CEO

As of July 22, Carlton Ulmer will be the new CEO for Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco. Ulmer has been with Medical City’s parent company HCA Healthcare for 18 years, most recently serving as CEO of West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Florida since 2017. While leading West Florida Hospital, the facility experienced improved patient experience, increased employee engagement and financial growth. He also helped lead capital expansion projects in the comprehensive stroke, pediatrics, pediatric intensive care, adult intensive care, and emergency services. Under Ulmer’s leadership, Becker’s Healthcare named it a 100 Top Hospital, while Healthgrades gave it the Patient Safety Excellence… Full Story

How Local Veterans Are Finding Healthcare Careers

The men and women who serve in the United States armed services do more than just fight on a battlefield, and one of the largest of the system’s sectors is healthcare. From Navy Corpsman working alongside Marine Core units deployed in war zones to hospital administration staff running hospitals all over the world, healthcare careers in the armed services are as diverse as they come. But like other soldiers who find it difficult to adjust to civilian life, healthcare experienced veterans often struggle to find careers in the civilian world, even though they often have the skillsets and character traits… Full Story

Texas Health’s Dyad Leadership Model: Risks and Rewards

As large and often slow-moving  healthcare companies figure out how to best adapt to a changing market, shaking up the organizational structure and leadership can offer advantages. Texas Health Resources recently announced that they would be restructuring their leadership model, moving to a channel strategy that focuses on operational sectors like hospitals rather than a geographically organized model, but another shift may have a greater impact. The system will be moving to what the organization described as a more efficient dyad structure, with executive vice presidents Dr. Jeffrey Canose and Winjie Miao working together alongside Texas Health CEO Barclay E. Berdan,… Full Story

Treating Cancer with Car-T in DFW – One Year Later

Around a year ago, a cancer break through arrived in Dallas in the form of CAR-T therapy, where cells are modified and the immune system is used to fight cancer. Since then, immunotherapy has expanded in the region to include two different CAR-T therapies. Over the past year, the partnership between Texas Oncology and and Baylor University Medical Center has treated 16 patients with commercially available CAR-T, which is for lymphoma and acute leukemia. Meanwhile, 30 more patients were enrolled in clinical trials for a number of different cancers. Currently an inpatient procedure, trials are looking at moving the cancer… Full Story