Medical City Fort Worth Will Have a New COO

J.W. Newman will be the Chief Operating Officer of Medical City Fort Worth as of January 14. Since last January, Newman has been the Associate Chief Operating Officer at Medical City Dallas, and had the same role at Medical City Fort Worth before that. Medical City Fort Worth is licensed for 320 beds with a variety of treatment services and is a designated comprehensive stroke center in the Texas Stroke Institute and a Joint Commission certified chest paint center. John Corbeil, who previously served in the COO role at Medical City Fort Worth, was promoted to be CEO of Kingwood Medical… Full Story

Meet BSW’s Matt Chambers, D CEO’s Enterprise CIO of the Year

This week, 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. Baylor Scott and White’s Chief Information Officer Matthew Chambers won D CEO’s outstanding CIO at an enterprise company. Below are his responses to our Q and A leading up to the awards.   What has been your most significant professional achievement in the past year or so?    “I am… Full Story

Capital Senior Living Corp. Names President and CEO

Kimberly S. Lody will be the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Dallas-based Capital Senior Living Corp. CSLC is one of the nation’s largest operators of senior housing communities, with 129 facilities that provide independent living, assisted living, and memory care to 16,500 residents nationwide. Lody has 25 years of experience in healthcare marketing, sales, and operation management, and most recently was president of GN Hearing North America, part of the medical device division of GN Group, which provides audio solutions to various markets. Lody was also president of Chronic Care, the U.S. branch of Coloplast, a Danish $5… Full Story

The House Call Has Returned to North Texas

Texas Health Resources is teaming up with DispatchHealth to bring back the house call. Dallas-area residents in select zip codes  can now receive urgent care in between Netflix binges. Users make a request via phone, web, or app, and, if the request is medically appropriate, a DispatchHealth medical team will arrive in their vehicle outfitted with medical supplies. Patients should be seen in under two hours, according to DispatchHealth. The teams consist of either a physician assistant or nurse practitioner, medical technician, and includes access to an on-call emergency medicine-trained physician. Reports are made and provided to the patient’s care team… Full Story

UNT Health Science Center Hires a New Health Professions School Dean

J. Glenn Forister will be the new Dean of the UNTHSC School of Health Professions starting next month. He previously served as Associate Professor and Division Head of Physician Assistant Education in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. Forister hopes to have the School of Health Professions, which is home to the Department of Physical Therapy, the Physician Assistant Studies Program, and Lifestyle Health Program, collaborate with other schools and programs. “I have always worked on teams, and the idea of creating a sustainable people culture and transforming the Health Science Center into a destination workplace is… Full Story

Steward, HCA, and Mayo Team Up to Bring Cheaper Generic Drugs to Patients

With the hope of driving down the cost of life-saving medicines, Dallas-based Steward Health Care helped found Civica Rx, a nonprofit drug company that focuses on generic medicines. Steward joins Mayo Clinic, HCA Healthcare and a total of 800 hospitals nationwide to form a network that will help identify quantities needed for in-demand drugs and develop medications at affordable prices. As an initial effort, Civica wants to help hospitals and healthcare systems obtain 14- generic drugs in 2019. A release says that Civica “acts in the best interest of patients who are at risk during drug shortages that are created… Full Story

How Are Hospitals Posting Their Prices, and Is It Helpful?

The Public Health Act was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, which requires hospitals to make a public list of the hospital’s standard charges starting this year, but the posted price doesn’t tell the full story. Insurance, a person’s health, and the negotiated rate between insurers and providers complicates the out-of-pocket payment, the posted prices might not mean much to the average consumer. President and CEO of the DFW Hospital Council W. Stephen Love says the council’s member hospitals support transparency, but warn to proceed with caution. “We support transparency and want people to make informed decisions,” he says.… Full Story

When Your Insurance Company Can Predict Your Illness

Imagine getting a notification telling you to refill your emergency asthma inhaler because a dust storm is on its way to your area, preventing a visit to the emergency room. Or a robot in a nursing home that can interact with lonely patients and put a call in to the nursing station if something seems off. How about if a health insurer knew which patients did not have a vehicle and partnered with a ride share company to provide transportation to an appointment? These are just some of the ways in which NTT Data Services is using artificial intelligence, big… Full Story

2018 Healthcare Job Gains Up From Last Year

The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows growth in the healthcare market nationwide. Total non-farm payroll employment went up 312,000 in December, with gains in health care, food services and drinking places, construction, manufacturing, and retail trade. In the healthcare field, 50,000 jobs were added in December. Ambulatory health care services added 38,000 workers, and hospital employees increased by 7,000. The Dallas-Fort Worth healthcare market seems to be the leading edge of these gains, with new hospital construction popping up all over the region. This year has seen numerous healthcare expansions and construction projects. For the year, healthcare… Full Story

Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Announces Board of Trustees

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has announced its Board of Trustees for 2019. DFWHC is a member trade organization with 90 hospitals and 90 associate members that has been around for 49 years in North Texas, whose board consists of hospital executives. Fraser Hay, the President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, will be departing the board after his term was completed, and Audra Early, senior vice president of strategy and development for Kindred Hospitals, will be a new addition. “Our 15-member board represents a committed group of healthcare executives dedicated to working towards improving the quality of healthcare in North… Full Story