Healthcare Sector Leads Nation in Job Creation

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a preliminary report that the healthcare industry added 43,500 jobs in September, significantly contributing to the nation’s 114,000 new jobs. According to the report, healthcare added more jobs than any other sector; most—29,800—were in ambulatory care. For the 12 months ending September 2012, healthcare employment was up by 295,000 new jobs, bringing the sector’s total to about 14.4 million.

Tarrant County Hospital Received Contaminated Steroids

Steroid shots given to patients for back pain may have been contaminated with a fungus that causes a rare form of meningitis, according to a WFAA report. Texas Health Harris Methodist in Southlake received two shipments of the medication. Hospital records indicate that 114 patients were treated with the preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate steroid. Patients are being notified by phone and certified letter. No illnesses have been reported in Tarrant County, though five people have died nation wide as a result. The hospital is offering follow-up exams to patients who received the injections. The Associated Press reported 75 clinics in 23… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.05.12)

Six Dallas healthcare professionals have been indicted for defrauding Medicare, as indicted defrauding Medicare part of a national investigation that involves 91 individuals.

Four North Texas leaders have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders To Know.

Four months after launching an organ-donation campaign in the United States, Facebook is taking the program to Canada and Mexico.

Novation hosts 50 suppliers at first Innovative Technology Supplier Expo in Irving. Full Story

Four DFW Leaders Among “100 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders To Know”

Four North Texas leaders have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders To Know.” The list recognizes women who demonstrate exceptional leadership within the hospital and healthcare industry.. Local women who made the annual list include Laura Irvine (President of Methodist Dallas Medical Center), Raji Kumar (CEO of Dallas Medical Center), Pamela Stoyanoff (Executive Vice President and COO of Methodist Health System- Dallas), and Nancy Vish (President and CNO of Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital- Dallas).

Novation Launches Discount to Help Hospitals Save on New Equipment

Novation announced the launch of its group buys for the fourth period of 2012 on Oct. 4. The buys, available October through December, combine member-purchasing volume in order to maximize savings opportunities. Members who participate can save up to 69 percent on equipment such as CT machines, digital radiography, and exam room equipment. Mike Clemens of Novation, a leading health care supply chain expertise and contracting company, said in a statement that the group buys help hospital members keep capital costs down. Through the program, members have saved over $451 million on more than 45 different equipment categories and purchased… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.04.12)

Meet the first female chief of the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

Healthcare IT News ranks Dallas company No. 2 on its “Where to Work: Top IT Departments” list in the large hospitals category.

Tenet Healthcare’s S&P rating has been cut from ‘BB—’ to ‘B+.” 

Nine out of 10 seniors are satisfied with their Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). Full Story

First Female Chief of Medical Staff Named at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Cheryl McDonald, M.D. has become the first female chief of the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in the hospital’s 82-year history. McDonald, an infectious disease specialist, has been on the hospital’s medical staff since 1998, during which time she has served in numerous leadership roles, including secretary of the medical staff; chief, vice chief, and secretary of the medical staff’s internal medicine division; and chair of the quality assurance committee. “I’m honored to make history at Texas Health Fort Worth as the first female chief of staff, and look forward to serving such a dedicated… Full Story

S&P Drops Tenet Ranking From BB- to B+

Tenet Healthcare’s secured debt rating has been changed from ‘BB—’ to ‘B+ by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services. The corporation plans to dispatch $500 million senior secured notes due 2020 and $300 million of unsecured notes due 2020 to settle outstanding debt and handle other issues, according to Reuters. S&P’s rating of Tenet reflects the belief that the company will maintain a rigorous and solid financial liability profile; however, Tenet does not maintain S&P’s preffered level of stability concerning financial liability. Still optimistic, S&P says the rating “reflects our expectation that the hospital company’s revenues in 2012 will increase by about… Full Story

Tenet Healthcare Ranks No. 2 Nationally on “Best IT Departments” List

Healthcare IT News has released its 2012 lists of the best IT departments at small, medium, and large U.S. hospitals. Tenet Healthcare Corp. made the list at No. 2 for large hospitals. This year, 272 U.S. hospitals were nominated for the three lists and 125 qualified for consideration. To qualify as a nominee, at least 50 percent of the facility’s IT employees must take a survey from Healthcare IT News. The survey asked IT employees to rank the importance of their satisfaction.

Christus Health Hiring Hundreds at New Corporate Headquarters in Irving

It would be difficult to envision a bigger healthcare economic development plum than Christus Health. The 10th largest nonprofit hospital system in the country decided earlier this year to consolidate its headquarters in Irving. It previously had four corporate offices—two in Houston and one each in San Antonio and Irving. The company has 32 hospitals. Locally, the Christus Health headcount will skyrocket from 70 employees to more than 1,000 by the second quarter of 2013. The company has held two job fairs locally to hire more than 600 employees to replace those who chose not to relocate. Ernie Sadau, president… Full Story