Texas Health HEB Wins Hospital Association Award for Reducing Infections

The labor, delivery and OB/GYN team at Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB Hospital have won the Texas Hospital Association’s Bill Aston Award for Quality for their work preventing infections after C-sections in a non-research and non-teaching hospital, Team manager Carol Wolf hoped to bring the number of surgical site infections at the hospital to less than one percent, and found a different way to dress surgical sites of patients who were more susceptible to infections. “This is really close to my heart because I feel that I’ve contributed to improved quality outcomes for women having Cesarean sections,” Wolf said via release. Wolf… Full Story

Medical City Plano and Frisco Name Chief Medical Officer

Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco have named Dr. Parikshet Babber to be the new chief medical officer. He arrives after serving as the executive vice president and chief medical officer of Harris Health System in Houston. While in Houstin, Babber managed a $30 million budget and 268 employees, while overseeing quality, accreditation, utilization, patient safety, coding, health information management and medical staff services.  Previously, he was an emergency room physician in the VA Medical Center in Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Babber to our hospitals’ leadership team and to our community,”… Full Story

Two Local Hospitals Named to IBM Watson Health’s Top 100

Since 1993, IBM Watson Health has published an annual study spotlighting the 100 best performing hospitals, and has named Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth to the list.  The study looks at publicly available data for clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metrics. IBM found that the hospitals on its list had better risk-adjusted outcomes while maintaining a lower average cost per patient and a higher profit margin than other hospitals in the study. Winning hospitals had a 24.9 percent higher survival rate, 18.7 fewer complications, 19.3 percent healthcare associated infections, with hospital stays… Full Story

The Trouble with Calculating Hospital Revenue

Last week, we ran a story about hospital profits in Dallas based on Allan Baumgarten’s Texas Health Market Review, and it caused a bit of a stir. Baylor Scott and White Health said that the data, which was created from surveys from the American Hospital Association and Texas Health and Human Services information, was incorrect and that we had made an error. The DFW Hospital Council had questions about the figures as well. Updates were posted, and discrepancies between what Baylor said was its profit margin and what was in the review were somewhat explained, but it highlighted just how… Full Story

Medical City and Blue Cross Parent Companies Voted Most Ethical

HCA Healthcare, the parent company of the Medical City hospitals, and Health Care Services Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas’ parent company, were both recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as two of 2019’s World’s Most Ethical Companies. Ethisphere has been evaluating the positive impact of international corporations since 2007, and celebrates the growing influence of value-based leadership, diversity and inclusion, and a constructive use of a company’s voice in corporate operations. The organization believes that financial value and ethics are linked, noting that the companies listed on the most ethical list outperformed companies with large market capitalization by over… Full Story

Medical City’s Cardiovascular ICU honored by Nurses Association

The Medical City Dallas Cardiovascular ICU has been honored with the silver Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The award recognizes units that improve patient outcomes and align with AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards. The unit showed excellence, in leadership structures and systems, appropriate staffing and staff engagement, effective communication, evidence-based practice and processes, and outcome measurement. The hospital is opening a specialized heart and spine hospital later this year in a vacant building on its campus. “The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care… Full Story

Tenet VP will be the First Latina Chair of the Texas Hospital Association

Sally Hurt-Deitch, Tenet Healthcare’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services has been named Chair of the Texas Hospital Association. She will be the first Latina to hold the position. THA is an advocacy organization for hospitals that is focusing on funding for Texas physician residencies, behavioral health funding, enhanced Medicaid reimbursement rates, and helping Texas lose its place as the state with the most uninsured residents. Prior to her current role with Dallas-based Tenet, Hurt-Deitch rose quickly through The Hospitals of Providence in El Paso, becoming Chief Nursing Officer there at age 27. She would later become Market… Full Story

Medical City Dallas Will Open New Heart and Spine Hospitals

Medical City Heart Hospital and Medical City Spine Hospital will soon be offering specialized cardiovascular and spine care at the Medical City Dallas location. The new heart hospital will include 63 private patient rooms and a cardiac services such as vascular and heart surgery, heart failure treatment, and minimally invasive vascular surgery. It will have the only dedicated cardiac emergency room in the city. The spine hospital will treat common spine disorders and deformities including scoliosis, spondylolistheses, and other complex spine surgery. The 24-bed facility will coordinate care and provide space for scoliosis research. Both hospitals will be outfitted with spacious… Full Story

Physicians Generate Almost $2.4 Million for Their Hospitals, Up 52 percent Since 2016

A survey from Dallas-based Merritt Hawkins shows that physicians generate $2,378,727 each year in revenue for their affiliated hospitals. The data helps explain the rapid purchasing of physician groups by hospital systems over the last several years. Merritt Hawkins, a physician search firm, asked hospital chief financial officers to calculate the financial impact of 18 different specialities over the last year. The revenue includes inpatient and outpatient services that result from hospital admissions, tests, treatments, prescriptions and procedures. These hospital referrals are big business for health systems, leading some systems to move into illegal behavior, as in the Forest Park… Full Story

Following Nixed Baylor Merger, Memorial Hermann CEO to Step Down

CEO and president of Memorial Hermann Health System Chuck Stokes will retire from the Houston-based provider at the end of the year, according to the Houston Business Journal. He has been in the position less than two years. Stokes has been with Houston’s largest nonprofit health system since 2008, serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer before he became CEO in July 2017. “I have penned many memos in my 40-year career, but none as difficult as this,” HBJ reports. “It is with bittersweet emotions and profound gratitude that today I announce my decision to retire at the… Full Story