Tenet and Aetna Ink Multi-Year Deal

Tenet Healthcare Corp. has reached a four-year agreement with Aetna to keep members in-network at all of Tenet’s hospitals, emergency, outpatient centers, and employed physicians. The deal follows similar agreements with Humana and Cigna over the past year, after negotiations with Cigna dragged on for 11 months. The agreement with Aetna, which is now owned by CVS Health and covers 39 million members, has an option to extend for a fifth year. Ron Rittenmeyer, Executive Chairman and CEO of Tenet, said via release, “We value our relationship with Aetna and look forward to continuing to provide their members with high-quality,… Full Story

Meet Baylor’s Chief Diversity Officer

Guwan Jones has a heart for the underserved. Growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, home to fierce school integration battles in the late 1950s, gave her an understanding of the Civil Rights movement and inspires her work today. She oversees workforce development and diversity initiatives at Baylor Scott and White Health. “Diversity means all similarities and all differences,” she says. “It’s racial; it’s ethnic; it’s the first language you spoke; it’s your political affiliation; and it’s how you view the world. Although we teach a lot about cultural things, I make a note to help people understand that folks are… Full Story

Is Certificate of Need the Answer to North Texas Healthcare Prices?

What if Texas began to limit the number of hospitals? Would it improve healthcare spending, or just reduce competition and hurt patients? This spring, Children’s Health and Cook Children’s Hospital both announced the construction of new hospitals in Prosper. After decades of serving the growth in Dallas and Fort Worth respectively, the two pediatric health systems both felt the need to build hospitals just a few miles from each other. It felt like a change in the era of children’s healthcare in North Texas, and crossing the line of demarcation. The northern suburbs are no stranger to new hospitals, with… Full Story

Tenet Healthcare Vice Chairman to Retire

Keith Pitts, Tenet Healthcare’s Vice Chairman, will be retiring at the end of August after six years in the role. “Keith has made numerous contributions to Tenet, our predecessor organizations, and the broader healthcare industry during periods of significant change and transformation. We deeply appreciate his leadership and the impact he’s had in helping shape our portfolio and further differentiate our business. Keith will serve as an advisor to Tenet for the next two years, ensuring a smooth transition. We wish him all the best on this next chapter and will always consider him a distinguished alumnus of the company,… 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

Three Retirements at Christus Health Prior to Leadership Shake Up

Three of Christus Health’s top leaders are set to retire in the next few months, and the organization is announcing a restructured leadership team. The Catholic nonprofit health system will lose Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Linda McClung, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Dr. John Gillean, and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer George Conklin in coming months. The three departing leaders combined for more than 75 years of experience at Christus, with McClung serving in various roles for 33 years, Gillean for 24 years, and Conklin for more than 20 years. McClung’s last day will… Full Story

Texas Health Sports Medicine Breaks Ground in Collin County

Texas Health Sports Medicine broke ground on their $10 million Collin County facility this week, providing access to orthopedic surgeons, injury rehabilitation, and performance training as the first hospital-based space of its kind in North Texas. Texas Health Sports Medicine is teaming up with Athlete Training and Health and Allen Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen to provide care for athletes through their injuries to full recovery.  The facility will also be open to the public for fitness classes, and local organizations or teams will be able to rent out space to practice. The facility is… Full Story

Parkland Foundation Names New CEO

Michael Horne will be the CEO of the Parkland Foundation after David Krause announced his plans to retire this fall. Horne is a career educator who last served as superintendent of the Knowledge is Power Program schools in Dallas, and will begin in August. While at KIPP, Horne oversaw 300 employees and managed millions in a budget made of federal, state, and philanthropic dollars. The network grew from one school with 300 students to seven schools with 3,000 students under his leadership, partnering with organizations and donors along the way. In his new role, Horne will manage the foundation and… Full Story

North Texas’ Best Children’s Hospital, According to U.S. News

U.S. News & World Report released their 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals specialty rankings, and several Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals were included among the top positions in various specialties. Children’s Health was nationally ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties, and it tied with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children as the number 2 program in the country for pediatric orthopedics. Children’s Health was the only hospital nationally ranked in 10 out of 10 specialties, its second year in a row to do so. In seven of the ten specialties, Children’s ranking improved. “For more than 100 years, Children’s Health has been dedicated… Full Story

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