Medical City Plano and Frisco CEO is Being Promoted

As first reported in Community Impact, Medical City’s Plano and Frisco hospitals are looking for a new CEO as Charles Gressle is being promoted to become the Chief Administrative Officer for HCA Healthcare’s East Florida division. Gressle has been CEO of Medical City Plano for six years, and three years ago he became the CEO for Medical City Frisco as well. A nationwide search for his replacement is taking place, as Gressle’s last day will be May 31. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve the North Texas community. Together, we have accomplished many important medical milestones that… Full Story

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

Texas Health Denton’s $128 Million Facility for Families

A $128 million labor and delivery center is on the way to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton. The 160,000 square-foot building will serve as an expansion for the growing Denton County area. The new construction is announced on the heels of Children’s Health and Cook Children’s announcement of new hospitals in the area and the hospital’s own Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that opened in February. The hospital expansion will include 12 labor and delivery rooms, 30 postpartum and antepartum beds, and two dedicated surgical suites for C-sections. It will also have a breast center and areas for physical therapy, cardiac… Full Story

Surprise Billing Legislation May Go Federal

The fight against surprise medical billing may get a leg up from the federal government if President Trump gets his way. Last week, the President and other White House officials voiced support for a congressional ban on surprise medical bills by barring hospital contracts with physicians who aren’t in the same network as the rest of the hospital, Modern Healthcare reports. The fight for more patient protection from surprise or balance billing has been raging in Texas for years, as subsequent bills have added mediation to the process, with the latest version of a bill including an arbitration piece that… Full Story

JPS Health Network Expands Its Oncology and Infusion Center

JPS Health Network has opened a 50,170 square-foot Oncology and Infusion Center to provide more space for cancer patients that need those services. The facility will also include a nutritionist, psychological services, a surgical oncologist, an on-site pharmacy and an office for the JPS Cancer Survivors Clinic. Dr. Bassam Ghabach, director of the Oncology and Infusion Center, says that 38 percent of cancer patients who seek treatment at JPS are in Stage III or IV when diagnosed, but the new center will allow more space for earlier detection and increased likelihood to beat the cancer. Oncology visits have increased by… Full Story

New Rules for Safety Net Hospitals Reduce Readmission Penalties, UTSW Research Shows

In order to reduce health system costs nationwide, legislation created penalties for hospitals if patients are readmitted within a certain time frame after being treated, but new research from UT Southwestern Medical Center reveals that a rule adjustment  is causing penalties to drop for hospitals that treat riskier patients. Hospitals such as Parkland that care for socioeconomically disadvantaged patients are more likely to have patients who leave the hospital and go back to unstable environments where they can’t or don’t follow doctor’s orders closely, which can result in a return of symptoms. Patients may have transportation hurdles that keep them… Full Story

Baylor Scott and White Now Has Remote Pharmacy Kiosks

Baylor Scott and White’s pharmacy kiosks are allow patients a convenient pickup option for their prescriptions. The kiosks will be located throughout the service area in medical centers, and patients will be able to enter their information and retrieve medications quickly and conveniently. The first remote kiosk was installed in the Texas Farm Bureau Headquarters in Waco, with more to come in coming months. Any prescription can be filled and stored properly, are available within hours of visiting the pharmacy, and are available 24 hours a day. If the patient wants a pharmacy consultation, they are available via phone or… Full Story

Medical City Opens ER in White Settlement

Medical City ER White Settlement, a department of Medical City Fort Worth, will open on Wednesday, May 8. The full-service emergency department will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 11,600 square foot emergency department will treat all ages and have 12 private patient treatment rooms, a trauma room, full laboratory, and a radiology suite with X-ray and CT imaging. Medical City Fort Worth will provide inpatient and consultation support if a higher level of care is necessary. “As an extension of Medical City Fort Worth, we are pleased to provide the community of White Settlement with vital… Full Story

Texas Health Is Reorganizing Its Leadership Structure

Texas Health Resources is mixing up its organizational and operational leadership in an effort to become more consumer-centric, according to a release. The move will eliminate some positions and elevate others, moving the organization into a channel strategy that focuses on operational sectors like hospitals and physician groups rather than its current zone-based operations model. The channel strategy will focus on the ways Texas Health delivers products and services, which might include hospitals, outpatient centers, mobile provider units, or a digital platform that allows patients to schedule appointments or see lab results. The goal is to move away from brick… 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