Texas Falls in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades, Despite Local Successes

Texas fell from fifth to ninth in the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades despite 26 of the 56 hospitals in 20 North Texas counties receiving an A. The Leapfrog Group gives independent ratings to acute care hospitals in the US based on their ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Texas had 41.43 percent of its hospitals receive an A, which dropped it to ninth overall after 43.06 percent of the state’s hospitals received an A in the fall. Oregon, with 58.06 percent of its hospitals receiving an A, was first overall in the 2019 spring… Full Story

Which Four Companies Made Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work?

Several local outfits made Modern Healthcare‘s list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare, including Elevate Healthcare Consultants, LiquidAgents Healthcare, the Texas Institute for Surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, and Vizient. The healthcare industry added 404,000 jobs in the last year, but low unemployment means companies have to work hard to retain employees and add the ones they need. The growing millennial workforce is looking for more than just a decent salary and benefits, and the healthcare system isn’t always the quickest industry to innovate. Confidential employee surveys collected feedback on categories such as employee satisfaction, benefits, work-life balance,… Full Story

UTSW Researcher Awarded for Decades of Circadian Rhythm Research

UT Southwestern Medical Center Neuroscience Chairman Dr. Joseph Takahashi has received the Gruber Neuroscience Prize for his work on the molecular and genetic bases of circadian rhythms in mammals. The international award honors discoveries that advance understanding of the nervous system. Takahashi discovered Clock, the first mammalian gene controlling circadian rhythm that regulates other genes. The prize includes a $500,000 award to be presented later this year. “Takahashi has made groundbreaking discoveries in the neurobiology of circadian rhythms,” the Gruber Foundation stated in its news release announcing the award. “His use of innovative approaches to observe clock oscillations throughout the… Full Story

Southwestern Medical Foundation Names Ho Din Award Winner

The  Southwestern Medical Foundation has given the Ho Din Award to Dr. Bethany Werner, recognizing her for her medical wisdom, human understanding, and compassion. Since 1943, the award has been the highest honor given to a UT Southwestern medical student. Werner graduated with honors from UT Dallas while playing for the volleyball team, was a manager and regular volunteer at the UTSW Office of Global Health’s Agape Clinic in medical school and directed a health fair. She will soon begin her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UT Southwestern. “Through her compassionate spirit and academic devotion, Dr. Werner has embodied the vision… Full Story

Who Won DFW Hospital Council Foundation’s Employee of the Year Awards?

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation held its Employee of the Year Luncheon last week, where 14 winners were announced among 130 nominees from 55-area hospitals. The nominations were judged by board members from the Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare Human Resources Association, with hospitals separated into four categories of 1-99 beds, 100-250 beds, 251-499 beds and 500-plus beds. The luncheon was hosted by Charles Gressle, chief executive officer of Medical City Plano and Frisco and chair of DFWHC, and Pam Stoyanoff, chief operating officer of Methodist Health System and chair of the DFWHC Foundation. It featured keynote speaker Chief Richard Picciotto, the… Full Story

North Texas Home to the Fortune’s Top Two Employers in Healthcare

Fortune has released is 2019 list of of Best Places to Work in Healthcare and Bio Pharma, and Texas Health Resources took the top spot followed by Encompass Health at number two. This is Texas Health’s fifth consecutive year to top the list. The two organizations have been recognized for numerous categories by Fortune, including the best place to work for women, best place to work in Texas, and Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. The list included other North Texas healthcare employers Texas Rehabilitation Hospital at number 15, and Baylor Scott and White Health at number 34 Rankings are… Full Story

Which Local Medical Centers Made Newsweek’s List of Best Hospitals?

Newsweek released its list of best hospitals, and UT Southwestern Medical Center is the top hospital in Texas, ranking number 34 in the country. Baylor University Medical Center clocked in just below at number 39, and Medical City Dallas was ranked 106 in the U.S. The ranking notes the areas in which the hospitals are recognized, including neurology, pain medicine, pediatrics, and more. Newsweek worked with global market research and consumer data Stastica Inc. to rank the hospitals. Based on recommendations from medical professionals, patient surveys, and other indicators, over 1,000 hospitals were ranked worldwide. Doctors, hospital managers, and other healthcare… Full Story

Texas Health, Baylor, and Methodist Among TMF Health Quality Award Winners

TMF Health Quality Institute, which partners with a variety of providers to improve the quality of healthcare, has named several North Texas hospitals to its 2018 Hospital Quality Improvement Program. The award recognizes quality data reporting and readmissions reduction and other positive outcomes. Several hospitals in the Texas Health Resources, Baylor Scott and White, and Methodist systems were recognized for the Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards. The award partners with the Arkansas Hospital Association, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma State Office of Rural Health, Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals and is awarded to hospitals in those… Full Story

Local Pharmaceutical Developer is Among Best in the Country

Dallas-based Swiss American CDMO (Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization) has been named one of the top contract manufacturers in the country by MedTech Outlook. The company was the only organization in the southwest to make the list. For over 25 years, Swiss-American has developed, manufactured, and packaged skin and wound care products for customers around the world, and its products are used in prescription, over-the-counter, medical device, and personal care. “Being named one of the top 10 CDMO companies in the nation is a huge honor for our company and testament to our groundbreaking technology and processes in the marketplace,”… Full Story

Which Local Healthcare Companies Are Fortune’s Best Place to Work in Texas?

It will be no surprise the businesses that were awarded by Fortune as the best places to work for women and cracked the list of top companies nationwide have also been named to the 2019 Best Workplaces in Texas list by Fortune and Great Place to Work. Encompass Health and Texas Health Resources were both made the list, placing No. 18 and 19 respectively in the Large Company category. Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Worth placed 28 in the small and medium company category. The rankings are based 42,000 employees’ feedback about respect, opportunities for professional development, or team work for… Full Story