The Dallas Companies Hoping to ‘Uberize’ the Healthcare Staffing

As technology impacts the way healthcare is delivered, it is also changing the way healthcare practices find staff. Two Dallas-based companies are using ride-sharing technology to solve the problem of cumbersome staffing procedures for healthcare facilities and helping solve the nursing shortage. Sadient Health hopes to eliminate recruiters, pay nurses more, and charge hospitals less when staffing nurses. When a facility has a shift to fill, they access a list of nurses through Sadient’s app that allows them to see the certifications and specializations of the nurses, and they can book them accordingly. Because Sadient cuts out what used to be… 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

Medical City Frisco Named Top Hospital for Nursing Excellence

Medical City Frisco has been named one of the nation’s top community hospitals for nursing excellence. They were one of just six hospitals nationwide that earned the 2018 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality by Press Ganey, a healthcare consulting firm. The award is based on 17 quality measures, and is given to  top-performing organizations in several categories, including academic medical center, teaching hospital, community hospital, pediatric hospital, rehabilitation hospital, psychiatric hospital, and international. Medical City Frisco is a campus of Medical City Plano and has 54 beds for acute care with a range of services, including… Full Story

Study: Texas May Have the Second Worst Nursing Shortage in the Country

A study from Registerednurse.org predicts that Texas will not be able to meet the demand for nursing by 2030. The study shows that Texas will need 269,000 nurses by 2030, but it will only ave 253,400. Aging baby boomers could suffer as they age over the next decade, increasing the need for nurses and patient care. Nationwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the demand for nurses is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2016 and 2026, compared to 7 percent growth across all other occupations. The study found that by 2030, the US demand for nurses will increase… Full Story

Early Named CEO of USMD Hospital at Fort Worth

USMD Hospital at Fort Worth has named Kathy Early its chief executive officer and chief nursing officer. Early has been serving in those roles on an interim basis since June, and was the vice president of patient services at USMD Hospital at Arlington prior to that. She was that hospital’s nurse manager of surgical services before the promotion and has also served as a head nurse, staff RN, and clinical coordinator. “Kathy is a highly seasoned health care executive who brings tremendous experience to this position,” said Dr. Richard Johnston, chief executive officer and chief physician officer of USMD Health… Full Story

You Need To Know AMN Healthcare’s Susan Salka

Last year, AMN Healthcare CEO Susan Salka moved herself from the company’s traditional headquarters in San Diego (where it employs 1,100 people) to Dallas-Fort Worth, setting up camp at the company’s 700-employee Cypress Waters hub. Although PR types will argue with you over this sort of thing, a company’s HQ is generally considered to be where its CEO sits. AMN didn’t wait for those questions to surface. Instead, it took a page from the Amazon playbook and deemed Dallas its second headquarters. Business verbiage aside, Salka is a relatively knew-to-the-region CEO heading a $2 billion-plus (revenue) company. AMN does healthcare… Full Story

Parkland Joins 17 Other North Texas Hospitals With “Pathway to Excellence” Designation

Parkland Health & Hospital System has joined 17 other hospitals in the area as a Pathway to Excellence designee. According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which assigns the designations, Parkland is the first Pathway organization in the U.S. of its kind—a public, safety-net system that provides correctional healthcare as part of its services. (Jumping in here: After this went up, the Tarrant County-supported JPS Health Network notified us that it was named a Pathway designee on the same day as Parkland, meaning Parkland isn’t the only public, safety-net system that also provides correctional healthcare to be designated.) The… Full Story

Here Are The Indictments For The Tyler Nurse Charged With Murder And Aggravated Assault

Let’s close the loop on an aside I slid into a story last week about William George Davis, 34, the Tyler nurse charged with murder and now two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly injecting air into the arterial lines of patients recovering from heart surgery. Based on verbiage in a different news story, I’d figured the recent indictment—the reason for that story—would be sealed. I was wrong about that. It’s available, and the Smith County District Attorney’s office sent it right over when I asked for it Friday. The new details contained within it, however,… Full Story

Tyler Nurse Indicted on Murder, Aggravated Assault Charges

More movement in the case of a 34-year-old Tyler nurse accused of injecting air into the arterial lines of patients, causing at least one to die of an ischemic stroke due to air embolism. William George Davis was indicted by a grand jury last week on a murder charge and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The Tyler Morning Telegraph says the indictment was unavailable—I’ll check in on whether that means it’s being sealed by authorities for the time-being. That would be my hunch. Davis is charged with the murder of 47-year-old Christopher Greenaway. When police announced… Full Story

Children’s Health CNO Mary Stowe Talks Nursing Shortage

The nursing shortage continues to be a topic of great concern for healthcare executives across Dallas-Fort Worth and elsewhere, so I was thrilled when Children’s Health Chief Nursing Officer Mary Stowe accepted my invitation to go to lunch and talk it over. Her talent situation might be slightly different than others, she informed me, because pediatric hospitals such as Dallas-based Children’s attract so many new graduate applicants. The trick, then, is about finding the right mix. That’s a quite boiled-down version of the conversation we had for a story in the June issue of D CEO, which went online today.… Full Story