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

Methodist Foundation Names Mike Rawlings for Leadership Award

Former Dallas mayor Michael Rawlings has received the 2019 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award from the Methodist Health System Foundation. Named in honor of former Dallas mayor Robert Folsom, the award was given for Rawlings’ commitment and excellence to community leadership. Rawlings was the longest serving mayor in more than 50 years, focusing on growing development in southern Dallas, improving public education, reducing domestic violence and overseeing a re-energizing of the urban core. Dallas property value improved from $83 billion to $130 billion during his tenure, and he has received numerous awards for his leadership. “We feel very strongly that… Full Story

Expert Opinion: Medicare For All vs. Price Transparency

The cost of healthcare dominates today’s political discussion; the public consistently ranks it as the  number one issue they want government to address. So far, the discussion has centered on two polar opposite two avenues of approach: greater government control thorough various flavors of “Medicare for all;” and unleashing the forces of market competition through greater healthcare price and quality transparency. One of these two approaches ultimately is likely to prevail at the expense of the other.  Which one will is presently in doubt, but the resolution may not be long in coming. Medicare for All is a central theme… Full Story

Texas Health Sports Medicine Breaks Ground in Collin County

Texas Health Sports Medicine broke ground on their $10 million Collin County facility this week, providing access to orthopedic surgeons, injury rehabilitation, and performance training as the first hospital-based space of its kind in North Texas. Texas Health Sports Medicine is teaming up with Athlete Training and Health and Allen Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen to provide care for athletes through their injuries to full recovery.  The facility will also be open to the public for fitness classes, and local organizations or teams will be able to rent out space to practice. The facility is… Full Story

McKesson Appoints New Independent Director to Board

The board of directors at McKesson Corp. elected Ken Washington, the chief technology officer at Ford Motor Company, as a new independent director. This will increase the board from nine to ten members, nine of which are independent. Washington leads Ford’s research, development, and implementation of the company’s technological innovations all around the world. He previously served as vice president of the Advanced Technology Center at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, and also built Lockheed’s privacy program. He has also worked in Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. “Ken’s years of experience in technology, research, and privacy strategy at complex global organizations… Full Story

Parkland Foundation Names New CEO

Michael Horne will be the CEO of the Parkland Foundation after David Krause announced his plans to retire this fall. Horne is a career educator who last served as superintendent of the Knowledge is Power Program schools in Dallas, and will begin in August. While at KIPP, Horne oversaw 300 employees and managed millions in a budget made of federal, state, and philanthropic dollars. The network grew from one school with 300 students to seven schools with 3,000 students under his leadership, partnering with organizations and donors along the way. In his new role, Horne will manage the foundation and… Full Story

Texas Needs to Prepare for 2021 – Now

I recently read an interesting article by the Kaiser Family Foundation analyzing uninsured adults in states not expanding Medicaid coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA expanded Medicaid coverage to nearly all adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). In examining the Kaiser fact sheet, some interesting points stood out: In the U.S., only 14 states have not expanded Medicaid; If all states expanded Medicaid, 4.4 million uninsured non-elderly adults would be eligible for coverage (1.4 million live in Texas) Of the Texans eligible under Medicaid expansion, 67 percent are… Full Story

North Texas’ Best Children’s Hospital, According to U.S. News

U.S. News & World Report released their 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals specialty rankings, and several Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals were included among the top positions in various specialties. Children’s Health was nationally ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties, and it tied with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children as the number 2 program in the country for pediatric orthopedics. Children’s Health was the only hospital nationally ranked in 10 out of 10 specialties, its second year in a row to do so. In seven of the ten specialties, Children’s ranking improved. “For more than 100 years, Children’s Health has been dedicated… Full Story

Fighting Maternal Mortality with Baylor’s Perinatal Outreach Team

Anyone who has ever had a job knows this routine. There is an unfamiliar person in the break room or lobby, often adjacent to a table with some bright signage, swag, and perhaps a tray of brownies. They are a bit too friendly, searching desperately for your eye contact. You want that treat or stress ball, but you will end up having to do something between signing up for a newsletter and starting a Roth IRA in order to get it. If you worked in healthcare and a group from an unaffiliated hospital showed up in the break room, you… Full Story

Signify Names New Senior Vice President

Signify Health has named Kim Holland as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. Holland previously served as Vice President of State Affairs at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and as the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner. Holland joins the Dallas-based home health and complex care management company after 25 years in healthcare. At Blue Cross, she developed federal and state policy positions for the insurer related to Medicaid, social determinants of health, and the opioid epidemic. “Kim has served on the front lines of our health care system in multiple capacities, but always with an eye towards improving the health and wellbeing… Full Story