D CEO Healthcare’s Top Read Stories of 2018

D CEO Healthcare has some of the most loyal readers in North Texas. The region’s thriving and growing medical industry provides ample fodder for great stories, ranging from looks into innovative life-altering technology to scandal-plagued medical professionals. As 2018 draws to a close, we wanted to give our readers a look back at the most read online stories written in 2018. They range from a sexist doctor running his mouth in a medical journal to the Baylor Scott and White CEO sharing his thoughts on the future of healthcare. Happy reading! 1. “Gary Tigges Resigns From Leadership Roles at Texas… Full Story

Report: Texas Hospitals are Becoming Less Profitable

Hospital profits have been on the rise for years, but 2017 saw dividends down for healthcare providers in Texas, according the the Texas Health Market Review. Fewer insured individuals and HMOs that lost money were partly to blame for the losses. Allan Baumgarten has been publishing the reviews since 1998, analyzing hospital systems and insurers across Texas and other states. He looks at the impact of the Affordable Care Act and other factors that contribute to the direction of the market. He noted that young people are less likely to care about a relationship with a physician than in past… Full Story

Parkland Wins Five Axis Awards from the Association for Talent Development

Parkland Health & Hospital System recently won five Axis awards for the ability to develop it’s workforce from the Association for Talent Development, an organization that promotes workplace learning and performance. The system’s Office of Talent Management won four first place awards in talent assessment/succession planning, strategic planning, talent mobility and leadership development, and a placed second in diversity and inclusion. For leadership development, Parkland placed first amongst more than 1,800 submissions. The office created and implemented a succession planning and talent review process for more than 1,000 leaders throughout the system, collaborated with chief executives to align the strategic… Full Story

A New Chief Medical Officer for Medical City McKinney

Dr. Jaya Kumar has been named Chief Medical Officer of Medical City McKinney, and will be starting in February according to a release. For the last five years, she served as medical director of a hospitalist group at Medical City Denton, and is board certified in nephrology and internal medicine. “Dr. Kumar is a highly respected physician that is focused on quality and exemplary patient care,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, CEO of Medical City McKinney via release. “She is a physician that other doctors can look to for quality outcomes and clinical expertise. We are excited to have her… Full Story

Medical City Fort Worth’s New $65 Million Tower

Medical City Fort Worth will cut the ribbon on its new 90,000 square-foot patient tower on Monday, celebrating the completion of a facility that will bring a new emergency department and intensive care unit to the Fort Worth Medical District. The three story tower will house a new emergency room on the first floor, a 28-bed ICU and targeted neuroscience beds on the second floor, and the third floor will be shelved for future expansion. The roof will have a helipad, allowing for critical transport for the hospital’s outlying patients. The new ER will replace the existing one and include… Full Story

Rural Hospitals Say They Are Being Strong-Armed By Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Several rural hospitals say that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is using its influence to negotiate unfavorable contracts that slashed reimbursement rates from the insurance company, according to the Texas Observer. The piece features Iraan General Hospital in West Texas, who was already losing over a million dollars a year before new CEO Keith Butler took over and received a new contract from Blue Cross, whose reimbursement provides most of the hospital’s revenue. “I pulled it up and started looking at the contract,” Butler told the Observer. “It was terrible. It would have hurt this hospital a lot.” Butler sent back… Full Story

Texas Health Makes Best Place to Work List, Children’s Health Tops in Liver Transplants

Glassdoor recognized Texas Health Resources on its 2019 Employee’s Choice Best Places to Work in the U.S., with the health system coming in at 89 on the list of large national companies. The award is based on employee feedback. Employees were asked about their satisfaction based on career opportunities, compensation, benefits, culture, work/life balance and more. “This is truly an honor because it came from the positive feedback of our employees,” said Michelle Kirby, executive vice president and chief people officer, Texas Health said via release. “This distinguished list again places Texas Health among some of the best companies in… Full Story

Medical City’s $13,000 Charge to the Wrong Patient

A patient portal mix-up at Medical City Dallas resulted in a woman receiving $13,000 in medical bills that were supposed to be for someone else, WFAA reports. When Tanya White confirmed that the bill had her information on it, she attempted to contact the hospital, but White told WFAA that a billing manager said she had been seen in July at Medical City Green Oaks, a psychiatric hospital. White said she had never set foot in the facility. When White didn’t pay the bill, she was sent to collections, WFAA reports. “So now, not only is my name is in jeopardy,… Full Story

Meet Parkland’s New Chief Information Officer, Joseph Longo

Joseph Longo will be Parkland’s new chief information officer, where he will oversee information technology for the hospital system. He most recently served as the Vice President of IT Enterprise Technologies and as the Interim CIO after Matt Kull left earlier in the year. Longo began his career working for electronic medical record behemoth Epic System Corp. in Wisconsin before joining at Parkland as a consultant in 2006 and then being named Director of IT Core Clinical Systems. He returned to Parkland in 2012 after a taking a consulting position in California. During Longo’s tenure at Parkland, the system received awards for… Full Story

UT Southwestern’s Response to Nurses’ Deaths From Fentanyl Abuse

Over a 16-month span, two nurses were found dead in bathrooms at Clements Hospital after overdosing on fentanyl, a painkiller meant for patients, according to the Dallas Morning News. In a wide ranging investigation, DMN looked into the frequency of stolen drugs from the hospitals, finding 200 employee thefts across Texas. UT Southwestern declined to say what measures they took to prevent further abuse after the two deaths, though they reported no interruptions of patient care, according to the story. The report details UT Southwestern employees who allegedly stole and abused drugs, including nurse Patricia Norman, who was taken to… Full Story