Conversation With: Brent Christopher, Incoming Chief Of Children’s Medical Foundation

In July, Dr. Kern Wildenthal, the former head of UT Southwestern and current president of the philanthropic arm of the Children’s Medical Foundation, will retire. His replacement is hardly a slouch: Brent Christopher, the former head of the Communities Foundation of Texas, will begin immediately after Wildenthal steps down. He hopes to bring to Children’s the same success he’s overseen at the Communities Foundation, which will have doubled its assets since his arrival in 2005. Full Story

CEO Spotlight: Jonathan Clarke of Mend Talks Scaling On-Demand Urgent Care

Dallas-based Mend, the on-demand urgent care startup that uses an app to send a practitioner to a patient’s location, has had an active few months. Children’s Health System of Texas recently acquired a majority interest in the company, giving it the capital to scale its model across Dallas-Fort Worth. It also placed second in a pitch competition with more than 4,500 others at South by Southwest back in March, which D Healthcare Daily covered last month. Recently, its CEO, Dr. Jonathan Clarke, dropped by the studios of D CEO media partner KRLD-FM to speak with David Johnson as part of his CEO Spotlight… Full Story

Conversation With: Methodist CEO Stephen Mansfield On Expansion Plans, Telehealth, Mayo Partnership

While its competitors grab headlines with large-scale partnerships and acquisitions, the Methodist Health System has quietly made its moves behind the scenes. But that may soon change: it has five pending nondisclosure agreements with hospitals it’s interested in. In an interview, CEO Stephen Mansfield explained the nonprofit’s recent strategies and how it’s responding to what is one of the most competitive times in history to be a healthcare provider in North Texas. Full Story

Conversation With: Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards On Hillary Clinton, SCOTUS, More

Before she took the stage during a luncheon Monday, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards sat down to discuss what she describes as unprecedented opposition to the provider, why Hillary Clinton is the right candidate for the country, and what she thinks of the Supreme Court cases that can change how the nonprofit does business. Full Story

Conversation With: Dr. Jeffrey Whitman, President Of Key-Whitman Eye Center

Dr. Jeffrey Whitman is the president of the expanding Key-Whitman Eye Center. The center’s chief surgeon visited with D Healthcare Daily media partner David Johnson’s CEO Spotlight on KRLD. Learn about the company’s new 35,000 square foot headquarters, which it believes will help accommodate increasing volume and research initiatives. Full Story

Conversation With: Get To Know Dr. Lee Ann Pearse, New President Of Dallas County Medical Society

Dr. Lee Ann Pearse is deeply involved in politics—her installation ceremony attracted U.S. Congressmen Pete Sessions and Michael Burgess—and serves on numerous legislative boards. This is an off year for the Legislature, but that doesn’t mean things won’t be busy for Pearse and the society. In this interview, she talks about being politically active, treating the underserved, and how she is passionate about helping doctors retain their independence. Full Story

Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic On Battling The Texas Medical Board, Continuing Momentum From IPO

Just before Christmas, a federal judge denied the Texas Medical Board’s motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit brought by Teladoc, the nation’s largest telehealth provider. It’d been a long year for the Lewisville-based company—the TMB passed a rule in March requiring a patient and a doctor to have face-to-face contact before an ailment could be diagnosed or drugs could be prescribed via telemedicine. That would’ve effectively gutted Teladoc’s business model, which involves pairing a patient at random with a board-licensed physician. The same judge that ordered an injunction in May swatted away the TMB’s argument that the board is immune… Full Story

Conversation With: Axxess’ John Olajide On Reading The Future Of Home Health

John Olajide doesn’t spend much time in his new office. The private corner room belonging to founder and CEO of home health services company Axxess Technology Solutions is relatively bare: A few photos, awards, a desk, a couple chairs. It’s there for utility, just in case someone needs to meet in private. They’re usually someone who’s from out of town, someone who doesn’t necessarily work for the rapidly growing company. You’ll usually find Olajide out on the floor with the rest of the employees, his things spread out on a large circular table. This is how he says he likes it: a… Full Story

Conversation With: Checking In With The President Of The Baylor S&W Quality Alliance

The Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, the nonprofit health system’s accountable care organization, is now in its third year. It’s expanding into new markets, particularly near Scott & White’s home in Temple. So D Healthcare Daily decided to check in with its president, Dr. Cliff Fullerton, to get an update on what has become one of Baylor Scott & White’s major initiatives. Full Story