Children’s Health Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Children’s Health has named Tammy Webb as its new executive vice president and chief nursing officer, where she will lead the system’s nursing practice. She will guide nursing strategy, culture, and operational excellence for patient care at the nation’s eighth largest pediatric health provider. “Tammy embodies the clinical nursing, strategic planning and hospital administration expertise necessary to successfully fulfill this multifaceted position, bringing nearly three decades of experience ranging from bedside nursing to nursing leadership,” said David Berry, system clinical and scientific operations president at Children’s Health via release. “With a demonstrated history of strategic leadership and collaboration, we are… Full Story

Texas Supreme Court Will Hear Ebola Suit Against Texas Health Dallas

The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear the lawsuit filed by an Ohio bridal shop against Texas Health Dallas. When a nurse visited the bridal shop after contracting Ebola from a patient at the hospital, the lawsuit claims the nurse’s visit resulted in the closing of the shop. Amber Vinson was part of the team of nurses that attended to Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in October 2014, and released the nurses days after Duncan’s death, according to a Texas court document. Following Duncan’s treatment and death, Vinson, who was newly engaged at the time, traveled to… Full Story

Expert Opinion: W-2 Employee vs. 1099 for On Demand Nursing

The on-demand economy is disrupting nearly every industry, and nursing is no different. Technology is allowing workers with a variety of skillsets to connect with businesses and individuals who have unmet demand for their services. Connecting facilities directly to healthcare professionals without an agency middleman means nurses make more money, healthcare facilities pay less, and patients receive higher quality of care. But creating an uber for nursing or any other industry has its drawbacks. For an industry as complex and important as nursing, two priorities have emerged. First, nurses needed to be in control of their schedules, and the technology… Full Story

Nurse Protests at Tenet Hospitals in California

More than 37,000 registered nurses picketed outside Tenet hospitals across California in hopes that hospital management would invest in nursing staff, according to the Sacramento Bee. The California Nurses Association nurses in are in contract negotiations in eight hospitals owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare. The nurses hope to improve recruitment and retention of experienced nurses to improve patient care, CNA said. Hospitals in San Luis Obispo, Templeton, Modesto, San Ramon, Turlock, Los Alamitos, Palm Springs and Joshua Tree were all part of the protest. CNA says that Tenet hospitals are relying more and more on “on-call” nurses, who have sometimes just… Full Story

How to Navigate a Hospital Stay

The most important thing for anyone facing a hospital stay with their child is to know that as a patient family, you are part of the care team. It’s easy to get lost in trying to understand the hospital environment and unfamiliar processes. No one on the medical team expects families to understand the medical jargon—it’s our job to help them make sense of everything. We want our patient families to stop us and tell us if we’re using terms that don’t make sense or if we’re misremembering something they’ve told us about their child. They should always speak up… Full Story

Despite Insurer Pushback, Bill to Protect Poor and Disabled Texans Clears Committee

After an extensive investigation into the managed care of poor and disabled Texans who use Medicaid, a bill to help fight against healthcare companies who are profiting from the system cleared the Texas House of Representatives Human Services committee last week, reports the Dallas Morning News. Houston Republican Rep. Sarah Davis, authored the 60-page bill and told DMN she hopes to “assure that Texas’ most vulnerable populations are receiving the health care that taxpayers are paying for.” The DMN investigation revealed how government officials in charge of administering medicaid and serving patients often ended up working for the healthcare companies that… Full Story

North Texas Nursing Home With Alleged Sexual Assault Has Third Most Fines Nationwide

Over the last three years, Texas leads the nation for financial penalties at nursing homes by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at 249 fines, and it isn’t close. Second place is California with only 139 fines over the same period, even though California has more nursing home residents. CMS is constantly evaluating the 15,000 nursing homes around the country, keeping detailed reports that keep track of everything from bed sore frequency to sexual assault. Thanks to an interactive map and search engine from ProPublica‘s Nursing Home Inspect, Texas’ nursing home struggles are on full display. Emerald Hills Rehabilitation And Healthcare… Full Story

Texas Health HEB Wins Hospital Association Award for Reducing Infections

The labor, delivery and OB/GYN team at Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB Hospital have won the Texas Hospital Association’s Bill Aston Award for Quality for their work preventing infections after C-sections in a non-research and non-teaching hospital, Team manager Carol Wolf hoped to bring the number of surgical site infections at the hospital to less than one percent, and found a different way to dress surgical sites of patients who were more susceptible to infections. “This is really close to my heart because I feel that I’ve contributed to improved quality outcomes for women having Cesarean sections,” Wolf said via release. Wolf… Full Story

Medical City’s Cardiovascular ICU honored by Nurses Association

The Medical City Dallas Cardiovascular ICU has been honored with the silver Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The award recognizes units that improve patient outcomes and align with AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards. The unit showed excellence, in leadership structures and systems, appropriate staffing and staff engagement, effective communication, evidence-based practice and processes, and outcome measurement. The hospital is opening a specialized heart and spine hospital later this year in a vacant building on its campus. “The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care… Full Story

Tenet VP will be the First Latina Chair of the Texas Hospital Association

Sally Hurt-Deitch, Tenet Healthcare’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services has been named Chair of the Texas Hospital Association. She will be the first Latina to hold the position. THA is an advocacy organization for hospitals that is focusing on funding for Texas physician residencies, behavioral health funding, enhanced Medicaid reimbursement rates, and helping Texas lose its place as the state with the most uninsured residents. Prior to her current role with Dallas-based Tenet, Hurt-Deitch rose quickly through The Hospitals of Providence in El Paso, becoming Chief Nursing Officer there at age 27. She would later become Market… Full Story