Children’s Health Partners with National Chain To Open First of Several Urgent Care Centers

Children’s Health is opening a pediatric urgent care center on Monday as part of a partnership with PM Pediatrics that will span several facilities. The location in The Colony will serve as the first Children’s Health PM Urgent Care location, with another facility set to follow this year (in addition to The Colony, PM Pediatrics lists McKinney as a “coming soon” site here). A spokesperson said additional practices will open during 2019. PM Pediatrics is the largest provider of specialized pediatric urgent care in the U.S., according to a news release from Children’s Health. The company has more than 30… Full Story

Gary Tigges Resigns From Leadership Roles at Texas Health Plano Following Comments In Dallas Medical Journal

Dr. Gary Tigges, who made national news in recent days after his comments that female doctors “do not work as hard,” has resigned from his leadership positions at Texas Health Plano, the hospital’s president told staff on Wednesday. Texas Health Plano President Josh Floren wrote in an internal memo that the executive committee of the hospital’s medical board accepted Tigges’ resignation on Tuesday. Tigges had been serving on the medical board since 1999 and was the current chair of the hospital’s credentialing committee. He steps down from both positions. “This past weekend we learned of comments that Dr. Gary Tigges… Full Story

Plano Doctor’s Comments on Gender Pay Gap, and His Apparent Twitter History, Come To Light

Over the weekend, comments from a Plano doctor published in the most recent issue of the Dallas Medical Journal elicited far and wide criticism on social media. Answering a question about the gender pay gap among physicians, Dr. Gary Tigges, an internal medicine doc who has a practice in Plano, said the following: Yes, there is a pay gap. Female physicians do not work as hard and do not see as many patients as male physicians. This is because they choose to, or they simply don’t want to be rushed, or they don’t want to work the long hours. Most… Full Story

Scottish Rite Named Top Children’s Hospital by NRC Health

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children took home the top performing facility honors among children’s hospitals at the 2018 NRC Health Symposium. For its annual excellence awards, health research company NRC Health uses its database of hospital clients to award organizations based on high ratings in overall satisfaction by patients and their families. The awards are based on the previous four quarters. It’s the fourth year in a row that Scottish Rite has received the award. Scottish Rite has 100 licensed beds and recorded nearly 40,000 outpatient visits and more than 2,600 surgeries during fiscal 2017. “Receiving this most prestigious… Full Story

Texas Patient’s $109K Hospital Bill Cut To $332

Thursday, I pointed you to a story about an Austin patient who had a very unexpected heart attack, spent four days at a hospital for surgery and treatment, and was later balance billed for about $109,000. Friday, Kaiser Health News chimed in with an update:  The bill has been reduced by St. David Medical Center to $332—and officially paid off. Drew Calver, 44, and his family get to put the episode behind them. Here’s the story with the update, and the original is right here.

Texas Patient Hit With A $109,000 Bill Following Out-of-Network Treatment For Heart Attack

Kaiser Health Network put up a story this week that has made some noise. It’s on 44-year-old Drew Calver, a high school history teacher in Austin who, despite appearing to be in great health, suffered a heart attack last April. He was taken to St. David’s Medical Center, a hospital under HCA Healthcare-run St. David’s Healthcare, where he had emergency surgery and spent the greater part of the next four days in the cardiac unit. St. David’s is out of network for Calver’s school-issued plan. After the insurer covered about $56,000 for the treatment and stay, Calver was hit with… Full Story

Past BSWH Board Chair To Receive DFW Hospital Council Trustee of the Year Award

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council says past Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees chair Jim Turner will be honored as trustee of the year in October. Turner, who gave up his chairmanship in July but remains on the board, will receive the Kerney Laday, Sr. Trustee of the Year award, which honors trustees who’ve displayed “uncommon excellence” throughout their careers. Laday was the chair of Texas Health Resources’ board for a decade and was serving in that role when he passed away in 2012. Turner was on the Baylor Health Care System board for 15 years, leading up… Full Story

Leaders From Texas Health, Baylor, and StratiFi Discuss Independent Physicians, Community Care, and Microhospitals (Panel Recap, Part II)

Yesterday, we ran part one of our two-part recap from last week’s D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel, featuring Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources; Gary Brock, chief integrated delivery network officer at Baylor Scott & White Health; and Dr. Christopher Crow, CEO of StratiFi Health and president of Catalyst Health Network. Today, we get to the second half of our panelists’ remarks, most of which come in response to questions from the audience. Comments have been edited for length and clarity. Let’s get to it: Crow on consolidation and the importance of independent physicians: “Consolidation in America in healthcare… Full Story

Lobby, OB Emergency Department Open At Medical City Arlington’s Women’s Hospital

The Women’s Hospital going up at Medical City Arlington is scheduled to fully open in the spring of 2019, but the hospital said Monday that the lobby and OB emergency department are up and running. Medical City’s Arlington campus delivers more than 4,200 babies a year, and it’ll increase capacity to as many as 5,800 births with the new facility. Here’s what else is in the works, via Medical City: • More than 125 thousand square feet of new and renovated space • 2 new floors • 23 modern labor and delivery rooms • 3 modern C-section operating rooms • 4 women’s VIP suites • 16… Full Story

Leaders From Texas Health, Baylor, and StratiFi Discuss Disruption, Cost, Outpatient Growth, and Construction

Last week, we corralled a few heavy hitters in North Texas healthcare onto a stage at the AC Hotel Dallas by the Galleria. Over the course of what turned out to be a little over an hour (sorry to keep you), we talked about the evolution of healthcare and impending disruption and, more than anything, about how these things are playing out in the types of investments health systems are making—and should be making, and might make in the future—in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond. The panelists were Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources; Gary Brock, chief integrated delivery network… Full Story