Baylor Scott and White–Memorial Hermann Merger: Can It Cut Costs?

Changes are on the way in the wake of the merger between Memorial Hermann and Baylor Scott and White, and cost savings for the consumer is one of the claims by leaders on both sides of the deal. But will the two contiguous providers eliminate redundancies and save money or use their negotiating power to drive up prices? Baylor Scott and White is the result of a merger that may provide a look at what the future of this transaction may hold in regards to cost savings. In 2013, Baylor merged with Scott and White, creating one of the largest… Full Story

A New Robotic Arm for Spine Surgery at Medical City Frisco

Medical City Frisco is the first hospital in the region to employ a new robotic arm for spine surgery. The Globus Medical ExcelsiusGPS allows surgeons to use the precision and navigation of the new technology to reduce blood loss and muscle damage. For patients with back or spine pain, the robotic arm can lead to a faster recovery, with smaller incisions that reduce infection risk, nerve damage, and scarring. The first surgery was performed using ExcelsiusGPS this October. For spine surgeries, the robotic arm can position the instruments and place screws according to the surgeon’s plans, provide visualization of the… Full Story

Becker’s Hospital Review Recognizes Two Local Health Systems for Innovation

Becker’s Healthcare compiled a list of health systems who push the envelope for healthcare innovation, and Baylor and UT Southwestern were both named to it. For these hospitals, developing new technology and techniques is not just a coincidence. They dedicate departments, funding, and organization to research and the incorporation of technology into the medical field. Patents for medical devises, mobile health, process design, and care delivery are other areas where these systems excel, according to Becker’s. Baylor Scott and White’s Office of Digital Health and Technology Transfer Office both made the list. In the Digital Office, Becker’s highlighted their patient… Full Story

Medical City Children’s Hospital Names New CEO

Jessica O’Neal will be Medical City Children’s Hospital’s new CEO starting in December. O’Neal served as Chief Operating Officer of West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Florida since 2016. That hospital is owned by Medical City’s parent company, HCA Healthcare. While at West Florida Hospital, she helped integrate the pediatric specialty care network services and providers into West Florida Hospital’s delivery system while launching a variety of pediatric services such as orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonology, ENT, GI, urology and imaging services. O’Neal is no stranger to Dallas, as she was VP of operations and COO of Methodist Dallas Medical Center prior to her… Full Story

New Board Members for Children’s Medical Center

Children’s Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Operating Division Board of Directors have named new board members. The Children’s Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors has named Joe Jouvenal, Amanda Shufeldt and Avi Kahn to the board. Kahn is the president and CEO of Hilti North America, a construction equipment and services company. He works with the Dallas Regional Chamber Board of Directors and as Chair of the International Task Force. Shufeldt is an attorney who is active in the Dallas Museum of Art Board of Trustees, Texas Ballet Theater Board of Governors, The Cary Council Steering Committee,… Full Story

North Texas Has Over Two Dozen Top Scoring Hospitals on Leapfrog’s Safety Grades

The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grades rated 53 North Texas hospitals, resulting in 26 A grades, 14 Bs, and 13 Cs. The group is a nonprofit that gives letter grades to general acute-care hospitals based on their ability to avoid errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Nationwide, Texas moved from 14th in the nation the spring of 2018 to fifth this fall. The jump coincided with a 20 percent in crease in hospitals the received an A safety rating. Of the 13 Baylor Scott and White hospitals, six received A ratings. Of the 11 Medical City hospitals on the list,… Full Story

How Texas is Addressing its High Maternal Mortality Rates

Texas made ominous headlines a few years ago when studies found that the number of maternal deaths (women dying in pregnancy, childbirth or the first few postpartum weeks) were higher than any other state or any country in the developed world. The maternal death rate had been rising nationwide, as the Medical Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology showed the national rate rose 26 percent from 2000 to 2014. But the journal found that Texas’ situation was especially dire. From 2011 to 2014, it said the number doubled from 18 deaths per 100,000 to 36, a rate usually reserved for “war, natural disaster… Full Story

Children’s Health’s Ben Salinas is a 2018 ‘Up and Comer’

Ben Salinas, the Vice President of Ambulatory Services at Children’s in Dallas has been named one of Modern Healthcare‘s 2018 Up and Comers. The award recognizes young medical executives who have made significant contributions to healthcare administration, management or policy. Salinas’ work is inspired by his own time in the hospital as a child for foot surgery and has helped reduce staff turnover from 25 to 14 percent according to Children’s Health. Dr. Ray Tsai, the Senior Vice President of the Dallas Market and Salinas’ direct report, nominated him for the award. Tsai has served in a variety of roles at Children’s over the… Full Story

North Texas is Home to Five of the ‘Most Wired’ Health Systems in the Country

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has named several North Texas Healthcare Systems to its list of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care systems. The program awards health systems use of informational technology and recognizes organizations that adopt, implement and use best practices in the field. Texas is home to 11 of the most wired health systems in the country. Children’s Health, Cook Children’s, JPS, Texas Health Resources and UTSW also made the list in North Texas. THR has been named to the list 18 of 20 times, and highlights its use of electronic health records which are shared… Full Story

Baylor Scott and White and Methodist Make Healthiest Employers Top 100 List

Two Dallas-based health systems have been ranked in Healthiest Employers 2018 list of 100 organizations recognized for employee well-being. Methodist Health System was ranked 38 nationally, and Baylor Scott and White Health ranked 59th. Neither made the list last year. Healthiest Employers gathers corporate health data to provide insight into managing population health in the wellness industry. Their assessment focuses on employers who plan for a healthy, productive, and high achieving workforce rather than reacting to sickness and injury. As the Healthiest Employers website describes, “Companies in the Healthiest 100 recognize that employee wellbeing is a strategic corporate capability, just like… Full Story