PCCI COO Named by Commerce Department to Innovation Board

Aida Somun, the Chief Operations Officers at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation was named to the Board of Examiners for the 2019 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Baldridge Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation as well as excellence in overall performance. Somun has 15 years of experience as a business leader focused on profitable growth and saving costs. She consistently contributes to bottom line efficiency, performance, and process improvements and is passionate about strategic decision-making to create the right innovative programs that will improve the … Full Story

Methodist Foundation Names Mike Rawlings for Leadership Award

Former Dallas mayor Michael Rawlings has received the 2019 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award from the Methodist Health System Foundation. Named in honor of former Dallas mayor Robert Folsom, the award was given for Rawlings’ commitment and excellence to community leadership. Rawlings was the longest serving mayor in more than 50 years, focusing on growing development in southern Dallas, improving public education, reducing domestic violence and overseeing a re-energizing of the urban core. Dallas property value improved from $83 billion to $130 billion during his tenure, and he has received numerous awards for his leadership. “We feel very strongly that… Full Story

Vivify Health Named Best Remote Patient Monitoring Solution

Vivify Health’s Pathways Program was named the Best Remote Patient Monitoring Solution in the 2019 MedTech Breakthrough Awards program, beating out over 3,500 other nominations from 15 different countries. According to a recent survey, 83 percent of patients are interested in receiving virtual care, but only 17 percent currently have access to it. Pathways mobile allows for providers to deliver remote care programs, and for users to personalize care plans that fit their individual schedule and needs. The virtual care platform received a 97 percent patient satisfaction feedback and more than 8 times ROI, and is part of the shift… 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

UT Southwestern’s Michael Serber is a D CEO Financial Executive of the Year

As an academic institution, medical center, and top-tier medical research organization, UT Southwestern has one of the more complicated funding sources one can imagine. A mixture of state funding, tuition, insurance and out-of-pocket expenses, donations, and other sources come together to fund UT Southwestern, and CFO Michael Serber is the man in charge of keeping the institution in the black. He won D CEO‘s Outstanding CFO for Large Nonprofits. Serber has been with UT Southwestern for 16 years, quadrupling the medical center’s top-line revenue from about $750 million to well over $3 billion per year. He has also been integral… Full Story

Baylor Scott and White Health Named Employer of Excellence by PA Group

The American Academy of Physicians Assistant’s Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management named Baylor Scott and White Health an Employer of Excellence, joining Mayo Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and others as the first healthcare organization in Texas to receive the honor. The award honors organizations that uphold five principles for PAs: Establishing a supportive culture, providing opportunities for impacting the organization, informing about organizational activity, giving leadership opportunities, and managing conflict. The center noted Baylor’s Advanced Practice Professional Council to work on onboarding and retention for PAs and leadership classes for up-and-coming leaders in the system. “Advanced practice professionals… Full Story

Twenty-One DFW Facilities Receive Healthgrades Patient Safety Awards

Several local hospitals were recognized in Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Awards for making patient safety a top priority. Twenty-one local facilities made the list this year, including several from Baylor, Medical City, Methodist, and Texas Health Resources. The award winners are part of the top 10 percent of short-term acute care hospitals nationwide. Award recipients are  55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage, 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the… Full Story

North Texas Physicians Honored by the Texas Medical Association

The Texas Medical Association handed out several awards to North Texas physicians for their work with students and patients at their annual conference in Dallas. Fort Worth family physician Dr. Linda M. Siy was recognized by Texas medical students for her commitment to mentoring students by giving her the 2019 C. Frank Webber, MD, Award. Siy has worked in the JPS network since 1995. “To be recognized for doing what I truly enjoy is a gift, and I am extremely honored,” said Siy via release. “C. Frank Webber was a remarkable, very accomplished family physician, and that makes this award even… Full Story

Texas Falls in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades, Despite Local Successes

Texas fell from fifth to ninth in the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades despite 26 of the 56 hospitals in 20 North Texas counties receiving an A. The Leapfrog Group gives independent ratings to acute care hospitals in the US based on their ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Texas had 41.43 percent of its hospitals receive an A, which dropped it to ninth overall after 43.06 percent of the state’s hospitals received an A in the fall. Oregon, with 58.06 percent of its hospitals receiving an A, was first overall in the 2019 spring… Full Story

Which Four Companies Made Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work?

Several local outfits made Modern Healthcare‘s list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare, including Elevate Healthcare Consultants, LiquidAgents Healthcare, the Texas Institute for Surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, and Vizient. The healthcare industry added 404,000 jobs in the last year, but low unemployment means companies have to work hard to retain employees and add the ones they need. The growing millennial workforce is looking for more than just a decent salary and benefits, and the healthcare system isn’t always the quickest industry to innovate. Confidential employee surveys collected feedback on categories such as employee satisfaction, benefits, work-life balance,… Full Story