A New Take on the Sexual Health Clinic

Dallas County led the nation for the highest rate of increase for new Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infections from 2016 to 2017 and is one of 48 counties nationwide with the highest rates of new HIV infections. In response, a number of organizations are teaming up with the Dallas County Health and Human Services department to fight the stigma and impact of HIV in Dallas. The plan involves identifying those who are at risk and have been effected with HIV, and to get those individuals on proper medication and in touch with the health system. It also means reaching the populations… Full Story

DFW Airport’s Wellness Program Saved $6 Million in Four Years

The corporate wellness program at DFW Airport is adding a data point in the ongoing debate about the effectiveness of corporate wellness programs. Employer sponsored corporate wellness programs have become increasingly popular in the United States since the passing of the Affordable Healthcare Act, but recent studies have shown that most of these programs do not create desired healthcare savings. But DFW is seeing high rates of participation and significant impact. As the ACA has incentivized corporate wellness to reduce the overall healthcare costs nationwide, there has been conflict about their impact. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey showed that 53… Full Story

When Clothes Have Their Own Muscles

What if the clothes you wore could help you stand up out of a chair, walk down the street, or even hike a mountain? At the Arts and Healthcare Breakfast presented by the Dallas Business Council for the Arts, guests were introduced to Seismic, a company that designs apparel that is integrated with robotics. The panel, which was moderated by Cigna’s North Texas and Oklahoma President and General Manager LaMonte Thomas, focused on how technology can be integrated with design and art. Seismic’s market entry and strategic partnerships leader Sarah Thomas was on the panel, and described how the clothing… Full Story

Holmes Murphy Announces Two New Dallas Shareholders

Holmes Murphy announced 12 new employee shareholders this week, two of which are in Dallas, continuing as a privately-held independent insurance brokerage. Shareholders lead the company and help determine the direction of initiatives, establishing culture, and recruiting talent. The two new Dallas shareholders are: Claire Pancerz, Compliance Consultant, Employee Benefits Shawn Quildon, AVP – Client Service Director, Employee Benefits Holmes Murphy is an 87-year-old insurance brokerage that serves businesses via property casualty insurance, employee benefits, captive insurance, risk management and loss control.

Meet Baylor’s Chief Diversity Officer

Guwan Jones has a heart for the underserved. Growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, home to fierce school integration battles in the late 1950s, gave her an understanding of the Civil Rights movement and inspires her work today. She oversees workforce development and diversity initiatives at Baylor Scott and White Health. “Diversity means all similarities and all differences,” she says. “It’s racial; it’s ethnic; it’s the first language you spoke; it’s your political affiliation; and it’s how you view the world. Although we teach a lot about cultural things, I make a note to help people understand that folks are… Full Story

Is Certificate of Need the Answer to North Texas Healthcare Prices?

What if Texas began to limit the number of hospitals? Would it improve healthcare spending, or just reduce competition and hurt patients? This spring, Children’s Health and Cook Children’s Hospital both announced the construction of new hospitals in Prosper. After decades of serving the growth in Dallas and Fort Worth respectively, the two pediatric health systems both felt the need to build hospitals just a few miles from each other. It felt like a change in the era of children’s healthcare in North Texas, and crossing the line of demarcation. The northern suburbs are no stranger to new hospitals, with… Full Story

Adding Transparency and Curbing Costs: Texas Legislature Round-Up

In the most recent legislative session, Texas lawmakers passed three bills addressing surprise medical billing, freestanding emergency room price-gouging, and prescription drug price transparency. The bills are a win in the fight for patient and consumer protection against unforeseen medical billing, an issue that Texas lawmakers have been seeking to put an end to for years. Perhaps the biggest success of the three is the passing of SB 1264, which prohibits heath care providers from sending surprise bills to patients when the patient had no true choice of providers as when a patient seeks care from an in-network hospital but… Full Story

Sundance Hospitals Acquired by Georgia’s Perimeter Healthcare

Atlanta-based Perimeter Healthcare acquired the former Sundance Behavioral & Mental Health Hospitals in Garland and Arlington earlier this year. The two 116-bed inpatient psychiatric hospitals will open as Perimeter Behavioral Hospital of Arlington and Perimeter Behavioral Hospital of Dallas to provide care for those who need acute mental and behavioral healthcare later this year. The two facilities are undergoing extensive renovations, as Perimeter seeks to make its mark on the North Texas Behavioral Health Market. The pediatric facilities will include space for yoga, play, and equine therapy. The opening of the hospitals will help alleviate the stress on the mental health… Full Story

Tenet Healthcare Vice Chairman to Retire

Keith Pitts, Tenet Healthcare’s Vice Chairman, will be retiring at the end of August after six years in the role. “Keith has made numerous contributions to Tenet, our predecessor organizations, and the broader healthcare industry during periods of significant change and transformation. We deeply appreciate his leadership and the impact he’s had in helping shape our portfolio and further differentiate our business. Keith will serve as an advisor to Tenet for the next two years, ensuring a smooth transition. We wish him all the best on this next chapter and will always consider him a distinguished alumnus of the company,… Full Story

Three Retirements at Christus Health Prior to Leadership Shake Up

Three of Christus Health’s top leaders are set to retire in the next few months, and the organization is announcing a restructured leadership team. The Catholic nonprofit health system will lose Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Linda McClung, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Dr. John Gillean, and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer George Conklin in coming months. The three departing leaders combined for more than 75 years of experience at Christus, with McClung serving in various roles for 33 years, Gillean for 24 years, and Conklin for more than 20 years. McClung’s last day will… Full Story