Medical City Plano and Frisco Have a New Chief Development Officer

James Mendez has been promoted to Chief Development Officer of Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco. He was promoted from his role as vice president of business development at the two hospitals. Medical City Frisco a 53-bed acute care hospital, is a campus of Medical City Plano, which is a 513-bed facility with more than 2,000 employees and 2,000 physicians. Mendez has been on the leadership team for the two hospitals since February 2018, where he worked on physician recruitment efforts and directing growth and business development. He will focus on strategic development and recruitment for both hospitals in… Full Story

Dallas’ Promise Hospital to Go Up for Auction After Bankruptcy

After filing for bankruptcy, Florida-based Promise Healthcare Group is looking to sell Promise Hospital in northwest Dallas, the Dallas Business Journal reports.  The move is part of larger effort to sell 16 hospitals from California to Mississippi. In November, the hospital company and 46 related businesses filed for bankruptcy in Delaware, with more than $565 million in debt, according to the DBJ. Then on January 1, a motion was filed to auction off Promise Hospital of Dallas and 12 other facilities. The company’s website says it employs about 2,000 people at 14 hospitals and two nursing facilities stretching from Miami… Full Story

Medical City Fort Worth Will Have a New COO

J.W. Newman will be the Chief Operating Officer of Medical City Fort Worth as of January 14. Since last January, Newman has been the Associate Chief Operating Officer at Medical City Dallas, and had the same role at Medical City Fort Worth before that. Medical City Fort Worth is licensed for 320 beds with a variety of treatment services and is a designated comprehensive stroke center in the Texas Stroke Institute and a Joint Commission certified chest paint center. John Corbeil, who previously served in the COO role at Medical City Fort Worth, was promoted to be CEO of Kingwood Medical… Full Story

Meet BSW’s Matt Chambers, D CEO’s Enterprise CIO of the Year

This week, D CEO held its Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer Awards, recognizing the top tech business leaders in North Texas. Several of the nominees apply their innovative expertise to the healthcare field, and were kind enough to share their thoughts on everything from significant achievements to their toughest challenges. Baylor Scott and White’s Chief Information Officer Matthew Chambers won D CEO’s outstanding CIO at an enterprise company. Below are his responses to our Q and A leading up to the awards.   What has been your most significant professional achievement in the past year or so?    “I am… Full Story

How Are Hospitals Posting Their Prices, and Is It Helpful?

The Public Health Act was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, which requires hospitals to make a public list of the hospital’s standard charges starting this year, but the posted price doesn’t tell the full story. Insurance, a person’s health, and the negotiated rate between insurers and providers complicates the out-of-pocket payment, the posted prices might not mean much to the average consumer. President and CEO of the DFW Hospital Council W. Stephen Love says the council’s member hospitals support transparency, but warn to proceed with caution. “We support transparency and want people to make informed decisions,” he says.… Full Story

2018 Healthcare Job Gains Up From Last Year

The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows growth in the healthcare market nationwide. Total non-farm payroll employment went up 312,000 in December, with gains in health care, food services and drinking places, construction, manufacturing, and retail trade. In the healthcare field, 50,000 jobs were added in December. Ambulatory health care services added 38,000 workers, and hospital employees increased by 7,000. The Dallas-Fort Worth healthcare market seems to be the leading edge of these gains, with new hospital construction popping up all over the region. This year has seen numerous healthcare expansions and construction projects. For the year, healthcare… Full Story

Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Announces Board of Trustees

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has announced its Board of Trustees for 2019. DFWHC is a member trade organization with 90 hospitals and 90 associate members that has been around for 49 years in North Texas, whose board consists of hospital executives. Fraser Hay, the President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, will be departing the board after his term was completed, and Audra Early, senior vice president of strategy and development for Kindred Hospitals, will be a new addition. “Our 15-member board represents a committed group of healthcare executives dedicated to working towards improving the quality of healthcare in North… Full Story

Tenet and Cigna Reach an Agreement After 11 Months of Negotiations

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has reached a multi-year agreement with insurer Cigna, according to a statement on Cigna’s “Save Our Healthcare” website. It says “Cigna commercial customers will have uninterrupted, in-network access to Tenet Healthcare facilities and affiliated providers.” Tenet facilities will remain in-network for Cigna customers as well as Medicare patients insured by a Cigna-HealthSpring Medicare Advantage plan. Healthcare Finance reports that Cigna customers would have lost in-network access to Tenet facilities if an agreement had not been reached by the beginning of 2019, and that the 11-month negotiation was over payment rates. Ron Rittenmeyer, Tenet’s Executive Chairman and Chief… Full Story

Just How Much Does a Knee Replacement Cost in North Texas?

One of healthcare’s greatest challenges is determining exactly how much an operation is going to cost. While a patient’s unique body and medical history can make it difficult for providers to predict the exact price, consumers are applying pressure to make healthcare more like retail, with open and transparent pricing. We acquired some research from healthcare consultants Holmes Murphy about how different hospital systems price for a major joint replacement. According to Holmes Murphy, $40 billion is spent in Dallas-Fort Worth every year on healthcare. In order to combat costs, they were employed by regional municipalities to form the North… Full Story

Parkland Names New General Counsel and Executive Vice President

Parkland Health & Hospital System’s new Executive Vice President and General Counsel will be Steven J. Roth, who was formerly Senior Deputy General Counsel there, where he led the transaction efforts. His role will also include being the chief counsel for Parkland Community Health Plan, Inc. and the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation. Roth has been with Parkland since 2001 and has more than 20 years in healthcare law. He led the effort to turn PCCI into a separate nonprofit research and software development corporation as well as the bond financing for the hospital’s new campus. Prior to going in house… Full Story