Fighting Maternal Mortality with Baylor’s Perinatal Outreach Team

Anyone who has ever had a job knows this routine. There is an unfamiliar person in the break room or lobby, often adjacent to a table with some bright signage, swag, and perhaps a tray of brownies. They are a bit too friendly, searching desperately for your eye contact. You want that treat or stress ball, but you will end up having to do something between signing up for a newsletter and starting a Roth IRA in order to get it. If you worked in healthcare and a group from an unaffiliated hospital showed up in the break room, you… 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

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

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

Tenet Healthcare Leaves Downtown for Farmers Branch

Tenet Healthcare will be moving its 500 downtown employees to a 372,000 square-foot office along the Dallas North Tollway. The healthcare services company, which owns hospitals and other practices all over the country, will be leasing the entire 13-story International Plaza I building after being housed in Fountain Place downtown. A potential move was discussed earlier this year in an investment call, with Tenet looking for ways to save $200 million and improve its bottom line for shareholders. Over the past few years, Tenet has been saddled with litigation costs resulting from numerous kickback schemes at its hospitals. Taconic Capital… Full Story

Does Price Transparency Help You Shop Around?

As of January 1, 2019, all hospitals in Texas have to publish what they charge for all tests, imaging, surgeries, or other procedures. Though many welcome the move toward price transparency, the lists of charges can be difficult to interpret, and, when insurance is factored in, the out-of-pocket costs might look nothing like the posted charge. We spoke with Paul Hain, chief medical officer and divisional senior vice president of market delivery at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, about the impact of the new law.  Comparison shopping is key, right? Price transparency is important because it allows people to understand… 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

Medical City Parent Company CEO Made Over $100 Million in 2018

Federal security documents show that HCA Healthcare’s CEO R. Milton Johnson made $108 million in 2018 between salary, stock, and other compensation, as reported by Axios. He was the highest-paid healthcare executive in their analysis, leading executives from Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Humana, and Cigna. The analysis was part of Axios’ coverage of how the Affordable Care Act has impacted the healthcare industry. Healthcare executive salaries have grown 11 percent per year since 2010, while overall wage growth has hovered between two and four percent since 2010, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Because many of these healthcare executives… Full Story

How to Navigate a Hospital Stay

The most important thing for anyone facing a hospital stay with their child is to know that as a patient family, you are part of the care team. It’s easy to get lost in trying to understand the hospital environment and unfamiliar processes. No one on the medical team expects families to understand the medical jargon—it’s our job to help them make sense of everything. We want our patient families to stop us and tell us if we’re using terms that don’t make sense or if we’re misremembering something they’ve told us about their child. They should always speak up… Full Story