National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Names New CEO

Melissa Aucoin has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition after serving in an interim role as CEO since June. Previously, Aucoin was the Director of Events and Operations, where she was responsible for the Dallas-based organization’s national events, such as the Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, over 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and nearly 14,000 will die from the disease. Ranking fifth in deaths among women, one in 78 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Usually occurring in older… Full Story

Attention Entrepreneurs: DFW is a Top-Three Market for Healthcare Deals

Dallas-Fort Worth was home to the third greatest number of healthcare transactions in the country according to an analysis by Mergermarket, with 73 healthcare deals between 2015 and 2018. While the number of transactions was high, their value was less than one-seventh of the top two spots. But that might not be a bad thing for North Texas healthcare entrepreneurs. Chad Watt, the natural resources editor at Mergermarket, described via email how Dallas differs from Boston and San Francisco in regard to mergers and acquisitions. “While D-FW had nearly as many deals as those two areas, the acquisitions here skewed more… 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

Children’s Health Innovator William Long is Ready for the Change Ahead

Earlier this month, D CEO held its Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer Awards, recognizing the top tech business leaders in North Texas. Several of the nominees apply their innovative expertise to the healthcare field, and were kind enough to share their thoughts on everything from significant achievements to their toughest challenges. William Long, Chief Information and Security Officer at Children’s Health, was one of our nominees for Innovator of the Year. Below are her responses to our Q and A in ahead of the awards. What has been your most significant professional achievement in the past year or so? “I am most… 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

Community Organizations Awarded $1.8 Million from BCBS of Texas

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has awarded $1.8 Million to community based organizations to fight and and manage chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Richardson-based BCBS of Texas has awarded more than $10 million Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grants to focus on the two diseases. The two diseases often go hand in hand, and research has shown that COPD increases the risk of mortality for patients with CKD by 41 percent, especially among women and children. “We launched this strategy understanding that this was an opportunity to impact two chronic diseases that are impacting the lives of… Full Story

Healthcare Shopping: An MRI in Dallas Can Range From $240 to $3,290

Insurance giant UnitedHealth Group compiled information about Dallas’ healthcare prices in an effort to make its clients aware of the range that exists and motivate them to act in their best interest. They found procedure costs that were five to ten times the lowest price in the area. According to their data, MRIs can range from $240 to $3,290, while a C-Section can range from less than $4,000 to more than $11,000, and a lumbar fusion back surgery can range from under $23,000 to over $129,000. With such a large range, UnitedHealth thinks it is important for its clients to… 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

UNT to Make Medical School Path Shorter to Help Rural Physician Shortage

The University of North Texas’ College of Science is partnering with Midland College to help solve the rural physician shortage in Texas, according to KERA. The two schools have created a program that allows students to complete their undergraduate and medical school in seven years rather than eight. Called the Primary Care Pathway Program, it requires two years at Midland College and one at UNT before students move onto medical school at UNT, KERA reports. A 2015 study from the North Texas Regional Extension Center highlights the physician shortage in rural areas. It shows that 57 percent of the physicians… Full Story

The ‘Magic’ of Make-a-Wish Reduces Hospital Visits for Recipients

When 16-year-old Christina Riccio was in the depths of her treatment for stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she threw pancakes at her mother because they were the wrong flavor. As a teenager who wanted to be anywhere but the hospital, she took out her frustration on the one who was there to receive the abuse. She didn’t understand why her mother was always so upset. Wasn’t she the sick one? Thankfully, Riccio would make it through the treatment, and go on to be a physician herself at UT Southwestern, where she is on faculty as an anesthesiologist. Along the way she had… Full Story