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

Second Person Pleads Guilty In Massive Frisco Fraud Scheme In Which CEO Allegedly Accelerated Patient Deaths

Two people have now pled guilty in a fraud scheme involving a major North Texas hospice provider. Jessica Love became the second when she entered a plea this week in U.S. District Court in Dallas. The February 2017 indictment alleges Love and 15 others engaged in a $60 million scheme under Novus Health Services and Optim Health Services, which were effectively run as one entity known as Novus. Love, a 38-year-old registered nurse manager and regional director at Novus, participated via recruiting doctors to a kickback scheme, arranging kickback payments to assisted living facilities, falsifying documents, and collecting unused medications… Full Story

Pay For Registered Nurses In DFW Tops The State’s Average

Becker’s Hospital Review today does the good work of grouping together the most recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in a post that runs through average registered nurse wages by state. The numbers apply to May 2017, and the average yearly salary for an RN in Texas is $72,070. I count 18 states that are higher, starting at the top with California ($102,700) and Hawaii ($96,990). That post—here. My quick addition is to drill down a twist further into BLS’ metro-area data. The respective metros of Fort Worth-Arlington and Dallas-Plano-Irving come in as the third- and fourth-highest… Full Story

Take a Look at the 2018 DFW Great 100 Nurses

Tonight, nurses on the DFW Great 100 Nurses list will be honored during an event at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. This year’s iteration features 34 nurses from Texas Health Resources, 23 from Medical City Healthcare, and 15 from Parkland Health & Human Services. Great 100 nominations come from peers in and around Dallas-Fort Worth. The honorees are selected by a committee, through a process during which the names are made anonymous. Below, the 100 honorees (also available here): Baylor Scott & White Health System Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at Grapevine Rosanne Vonreyn Cynthia Krusinski Baylor Scott… Full Story

East Texas Nurse Arrested for Murder, More Charges Could be Coming

A nurse in Tyler who had his license revoked last month has been charged with murder, and police say additional charges for aggravated assault could be on the way. William George Davis, 34, was arrested Tuesday night by the Tyler Police Department. Police say Davis, a registered nurse who spent five years with Christus Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler, is responsible for the death of 47-year-old Christopher Greenaway. Davis is being held at the Smith County Jail on a $2 million bond. An additional six charges of aggravated assault could be coming when police hand over the charges to the… Full Story

Nursing Board Says Woman Faked an RN License to Work as a Dialysis Clinic Nurse

A situation last year at a dialysis clinic in East Texas provides good reason for healthcare employers to double down on their background check protocols. The Texas Board of Nursing says a woman there worked for about five months—from May 2017 to Oct. 2017—using registered nurse licensure information that didn’t belong to her. She also presented a fake employment history that said she’d been a nurse since 2011. Stephanie Garcia, 29, who went by Stephanie Holcomb, has since been charged with fraudulent use or possession of identifying information and two counts of nursing regulations – license required to practice nursing,… Full Story

Medical City North Hills Hires a New Chief Nursing Officer

Medical City North Hills has named a new chief nursing officer. The hospital said Tuesday that John Marker has been tapped for the role, effective April 9. Marker joins the North Richland Hills-based hospital after serving as chief nursing officer at Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana. He takes over for Tracey Smithson, who left for Snellvile, Georgia-based Eastside Medical Center, another HCA Healthcare facility. At his hospital in Louisiana, Marker cut nursing turnover in half while improving patient satisfaction, according to a news release from Medical City North Hills. He’s been CNO there since 2009 and served as… Full Story