How Do You Make Your Workplace Great For Women? We Asked the Healthcare Experts

When Fortune released its 75 Best Large Workplaces for Women, two North Texas healthcare companies made the list. Texas Health Resources and Encompass Home Health were both included, and we talked to leaders at the two providers to find out what makes their companies work well for women. Based on employee feedback surveys, mutual respect, opportunities for professional development, and team work are all taken into account to make the list. Michelle Kirby is the chief people officer at THR, and has been there for 28 years. She says that her career serves as an example of what THR can… Full Story

Conversation With: Signify Health CEO Kyle Armbrester On Leading The Combination Of Two Major Home Health Companies

In July, a couple major providers of in-home healthcare and evaluation, each having been recently acquired by New Mountain Capital, combined under a new brand—Signify Health. It was the work of Kyle Armbrester, the 33-year-old chief executive the private equity firm had brought in just a few months prior. With the combination, Dallas-based Signify became the largest player in the industry. The two sides of the equation did $400 million in 2017 revenue. Armbrester is a Harvard business graduate who helped build Athenahealth as chief product officer before taking up his perch at Signify. A few months after the merger… Full Story

Conversation With: Ray Perryman, CEO of The Perryman Group, On The Economic Cost of Cancer

In the world of executive level pitches, just about anything that makes an impact is going to have a dollar amount attached to it. Perhaps that’s why there’s a market for the work of Dr. Ray Perryman, a financial analyst whose practice spends part of its time quantifying the dollars lost to cancer each year. Later this month, I’ll be saying a few quick, intro-y words at an event taking on “The Business, Breakthroughs and Future of Cancer Care,” put on by Cancer Support Community North Texas and featuring three experts chatting on the policy and investment sides of the… Full Story

Conversation With: DCMS President Dr. Ruben Velez On Underserved Communities, Physician Burnout, and Healthcare Fractionation

Dr. Ruben Velez began his involvement with the Dallas County Medical Society through its Project Access program, a free clinic that the organization discontinued due to a lack of funding in 2013. So it should come at no surprise that, as DCMS’ president, Velez has made improving access to care for underserved communities a priority. A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Velez moved to Dallas for residency in 1978 and did a fellowship in nephrology at UT Southwestern Medical Center thereafter. By now, he’s a 40-year veteran of Dallas-Fort Worth’s medical scene. He’s also the… Full Story

Conversation With: Dr. Robert Fine, BSWH’s Palliative Care Whiz, On How Honest Conversations Can Save Hospitals Money

Dr. Robert Fine, the Baylor Scott & White Health physician who has become one of the pioneers in the still-relatively-new field of palliative care, has a new study out about its cost-saving effects. Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Fine and others looked at the economics of palliative care for hospitalized adults with serious illnesses. The findings, in a nutshell: palliative care saves hospitals money—about $3,000 per patient. I got Fine on the phone to tell me more. You just published a study on the economics of palliative care. What’d you find? This was a meta-analysis, a pooling of a lot… Full Story

Conversation With: Texas Health CEO Barclay Berdan On New Construction, Investment Approach

Earlier this month, Texas Health Resources announced its largest construction project in history, a $300 million investment at its Fort Worth campus that will modernize surgery suites and include the addition of a nine-story patient tower. Construction is scheduled to start in the middle of this year and reach completion in late 2021. When all said and done, the new tower will add 144 beds to what is already one of the busiest hospitals in the state. I hopped on the phone with Texas Health CEO Barclay Berdan to hear more about what prompted the massive project and how the… 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