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

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

Learn About Parkland’s Center for Nursing Excellence

Parkland launched its Center for Nursing Excellence in an attempt to recruit, train, and retain qualified nurses in a competitive healthcare environment. Currently, the hospital system employs over 4,000 nurses, and hopes that the center will provide a central location for nurses can receive coaching, leadership training, information about mentorship programs and certification, and more. “The Center’s mission is to provide our nurses with a wide range of opportunities and services to advance their education, professional development, skills and knowledge in research and integration of evidence based practice,” said Karen Watts, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer said via… Full Story

Check Out Who Won D CEO’s 2018 Excellence in Healthcare Awards

November closed with a bang at D CEO, as we held our Excellence in Healthcare Awards and recognized North Texas’ top healthcare providers, practitioners, deal makers, innovators, technology,  and researchers. We also gave our Lifetime Achievement Award to Kenneth Cooper for his work in cardiovascular health that now reaches across the world. The awards were a lovely night full of laughter, networking, and a potato soup bar that was not to be missed. To see who won and learn about why they are so deserving, read more here.

Fort Worth is Bucking National Health Trends With an Assist From Blue Zones

Launching in 2014, Blue Zones came to Fort Worth hoping to make the city healthier. Since Blue Zone launched, Fort Worth’s emergency room and hospital utilization have been reduced by 2 percent, resulting in tens of millions of healthcare savings. The initiative’s goal is to improve a community’s well being and is based on nine evidence-based formed from some of the world’s healthiest communities in Japan, Greece, and Costa Rica. In 2014, Gallup’s Healthways survey put Fort Worth at 185th out of 190 cities in the poll. Now the city ranks 58th, and its score is above the national average.… 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

Senior Care Centers Files For Bankruptcy, Citing “Burdensome Debt Levels”

Senior Care Centers, a Dallas-based skilled nursing and assisted living operator, filed for bankruptcy this week. The company has 11,000 employees throughout Texas and Louisiana in more than 100 locations. All facilities will continue to operate without interruption and the filing should not impact patient care or worker salaries, according to a release. The release noted “burdensome debt levels and expensive leases” as the reasoning for filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. “After careful analysis, we determined that the protections afforded by the Chapter 11 process are the best way to address… 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

Cushman and Wakefield’s New Executive Director Chris Barnet on What’s Next for DFW Healthcare Real Estate

Chris Barnet joined Cushman and Wakefield as Executive Director in its Healthcare Advisory Group this week after serving Vice President and Director of Healthcare Services at Colliers International. We chatted with him about his move, what the last year held for healthcare real estate, and what he sees going forward. Barnet noted that uncertainty rules the day, as reimbursements for doctors from insurance and medicaid are always fluctuating, impacting what kinds of real estate moves healthcare companies can make. He sees a reversal of a trend that started three or four years ago, when doctor groups were quickly consolidating under… Full Story