Children’s Health Makes ‘Difficult Decision’ to Close Home Care Division

Children’s Health will be closing its Home Care division this March. The 93-employee division includes a pediatrician, skilled nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and respiratory therapists that provided in-home care for children and their families. The Home Care team serves Dallas, Denton, Ellis, and Collin counties for some of Children’s most critical patients. The service has 24/7 availability, coordinated care between the physician and other providers, sends reports to providers, and helps parents answer questions about their medically complex children and the medical equipment used in the home. “After conducting an in-depth analysis to determine how we can best… Full Story

For Collin County Moms, Medical City Plano is the “Best Place to Have a Baby”

Medical City Plano has been voted the “Best Place to Have a Baby” by readers in CollinChild magazine. After polling 9,000 mothers last year, the facility was voted number one because “it really feels more like a hotel than a hospital.” The hospital also received top marks from the magazine for having the best childbirth classes. “Medical City Plano is honored to be recognized by our community for our commitment to providing exceptional, high-quality and specialized care for mothers and babies,” Medical City Plano CEO Charles Gressle said via release. “It is our privilege to help patients design a unique… Full Story

Sundance Behavioral Health System Files for Bankruptcy

After reports that the Arlington location of Sundance Behavioral Health System held patients against their will, the entire system filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday. Bankruptcy court documents show the system owes 50 to 99 creditors between one and 10 million dollars, and it reports having only $500,00-$1,000,000 in assets. In December, the Arlington location surrendered its license and ceased operations after the allegations were made. The Dallas Morning News reports that most of the 20 allegations made in November and December had to do with holding patients against their will, such as detaining a minor and illegally holding… Full Story

Pipeline Health Purchases 22 Freestanding Emergency Rooms in North Texas

California-based Pipeline Healthcare Management is partnering with Adeptus Health to purchase 22 freestanding emergency rooms in North Texas. The facilities will become licensed outpatient departments of City Hospital at White Rock and renamed City Hospital Emergency Care. Pipeline has been expanding in North Texas since its purchase of the 218-bed City Hospital at White Rock. The company is purchasing the majority stake of Texas Health Resources in the emergency rooms, according to the Dallas Morning News. “We have a successful track record of improving community healthcare through innovation and rethinking how healthcare is delivered. We’re confident our personalized approach to… Full Story

Parkland Joins National Cooperative to Reduce the Healthcare Divide

Parkland Health and Hospital System will be one of 10 hospitals nationwide to participate in a program meant to close the health divide called Hospital Community Cooperative. Studies have shown that one’s zip code has an outsized impact on life expectancy, with the five miles between Lakewood and South Dallas resulting in a difference of around 18 years in life expectancy. The cooperative is meant to engage the community and prevent gaps like that from happening. The partnership was launched by the American Hospital Association and its affiliate the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity with support from the Aetna… Full Story

Texas Health Resources to Make Layoffs at Multiple Facilities

Texas Health Resources will be laying off less than 3 percent of its 24,000 employees, or around 700 people. The changes are coming this week as the system “takes a long-term view of its operations and continued service to the community,” according to a release. “While we regret having to take these actions, we want to be clear that only a small number of employees were affected,” said Michelle Kirby, Texas Health’s chief people officer via release. “There are job opportunities in other areas of Texas Health and we have a long track record of placing impacted employees in other roles… Full Story

Texas Health Recognized by Forbes as Top Employer for Diversity

Forbes ranked Texas Health Resources 140th on its list of Best Employers for Diversity. A total of 500 employers were honored based on employee surveys. Respondents answered open-ended questions about age, gender, equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ and other diversity measures. Texas Health’s score was buoyed by units such as the medical-surgical floor at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital HEB, which includes employees from 10 different countries. “We at Texas Health recognize the importance of a work environment where each of us feels valued and respected for all the ways we are different,” said Barclay Berdan, chief executive officer of Texas Health… Full Story

Tenet and Humana Reach Agreement as Tenet Plans to Offshore More Than 1,000 Jobs

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Humana Inc. signed a multi-year agreement to ensure Humana members will have in-network access to Tenet providers. The contract runs through May 2023. The deal follows a similar agreement between Tenet and Cigna signed shortly after the new year that followed months of negotiations. Founded in 1961 as a nursing home facility, Humana now has over 16 million medical plan members nationwide and had over $53 billion in revenue in 2017. The company also has 3.5 million Medicare Advantage members, 5 million Medicare prescription drug members. Tenet Healthcare operates 68 hospitals with 20,000 licensed beds, 21… Full Story

Medical City Plano and Frisco Have a New Chief Development Officer

James Mendez has been promoted to Chief Development Officer of Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco. He was promoted from his role as vice president of business development at the two hospitals. Medical City Frisco a 53-bed acute care hospital, is a campus of Medical City Plano, which is a 513-bed facility with more than 2,000 employees and 2,000 physicians. Mendez has been on the leadership team for the two hospitals since February 2018, where he worked on physician recruitment efforts and directing growth and business development. He will focus on strategic development and recruitment for both hospitals in… Full Story

Dallas’ Promise Hospital to Go Up for Auction After Bankruptcy

After filing for bankruptcy, Florida-based Promise Healthcare Group is looking to sell Promise Hospital in northwest Dallas, the Dallas Business Journal reports.  The move is part of larger effort to sell 16 hospitals from California to Mississippi. In November, the hospital company and 46 related businesses filed for bankruptcy in Delaware, with more than $565 million in debt, according to the DBJ. Then on January 1, a motion was filed to auction off Promise Hospital of Dallas and 12 other facilities. The company’s website says it employs about 2,000 people at 14 hospitals and two nursing facilities stretching from Miami… Full Story