Medical City Plano and Frisco Name Chief Medical Officer

Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco have named Dr. Parikshet Babber to be the new chief medical officer. He arrives after serving as the executive vice president and chief medical officer of Harris Health System in Houston. While in Houstin, Babber managed a $30 million budget and 268 employees, while overseeing quality, accreditation, utilization, patient safety, coding, health information management and medical staff services.  Previously, he was an emergency room physician in the VA Medical Center in Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Babber to our hospitals’ leadership team and to our community,”… 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

UTSW Names the First Director of the O’Donnell Brain Institute

UT Southwestern Medical Center has named Dr. William T. Dauer the first director of the Peter O’Donnell Brain Institute. The neurologist and researcher will also be a professor of neurology and neurotherapeutics, and will begin in July. Dauer is known for his research into dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, has discovered novel treatments for the involuntary movements associated with the diseases. He is currently is the Director of the Movement Disorders Group and Director of the Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research at the University of Michigan, where he teaches neurology and cell and developmental biology. The institute… Full Story

Texas Medical Association CEO Set to Retire

Executive vice president and CEO of the Texas Medical Association Louis J. Goodman is retiring after 22 years in that position. He helped lead the 53,000 physician and medical student members with 110 component county organizations statewide. Goodman is originally from New Jersey, and earned his bachelor’s master’s and doctorate in public affaris at New York University. He worked with the American Medical Association and at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago before joining the TMA staff in 1987. Since 1997 when Goodman took the role of CEO, TMA membership has grown by more than 50 percent while working with… Full Story

Southwest Transplant Alliance’s New VP

Kirsten Gappelberg is the new Southwest Transplant Alliance Vice President of Marketing Communications and Foundation Relations. She will direct the organization’s community engagement activities, marketing and communications functions, and Outlive Yourself Foundation. Gappelberg has 20 years of experience in the communications and corporate social responsibility fields. Prior to STA, she led similar efforts at Mary Kay Inc., where she ran The Mary Kay Foundation. She began her career with JDA Software and with public relations agency Springbok Cohn and Wolfe. Southwest Transplant Alliance is a nonprofit organization that connects organ donors and those in need of lifesaving organs in much of Texas.… Full Story

Medical City Fort Worth Will Have a New CFO

Medical City Fort Worth will have a new Chief Financial Officer starting on February 11. Andrew Lane will move into the role after serving as vice president of finance at Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco since July 2017. Lane, a certified public accountant, was previously responsible for accounting, patient access, health information management, case management, and the division’s centralized scheduling departments. Prior to Plano, Lane was a controller and internal auditor at other Hospital Corporation of America (who owns Medical City) facilities. “We are pleased to welcome Andrew to Fort Worth,” said Jyric Sims, CEO, via release. “Andrew’s… Full Story

Texas Health Resources to Make Layoffs at Multiple Facilities

Texas Health Resources will be laying off less than 3 percent of its 24,000 employees, or around 700 people. The changes are coming this week as the system “takes a long-term view of its operations and continued service to the community,” according to a release. “While we regret having to take these actions, we want to be clear that only a small number of employees were affected,” said Michelle Kirby, Texas Health’s chief people officer via release. “There are job opportunities in other areas of Texas Health and we have a long track record of placing impacted employees in other roles… Full Story

TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine Names its Chair of Internal Medicine

Dr. Mohanakrishnan Sathyamoorthy has been named the chair of internal medicine at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. Sathyamoorthy is an invasive cardiologist and chief of staff at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth. He has also worked at the National Institutes of Health with expertise in thrombosis and the pharmacology of blood thinning therapeutics. In 2015, he was named the first medical director of cardiology for Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital in Fort Worth. “I’m so excited about this unique opportunity to approach medical education with a new and forward-thinking… Full Story

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Names New CEO

Melissa Aucoin has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition after serving in an interim role as CEO since June. Previously, Aucoin was the Director of Events and Operations, where she was responsible for the Dallas-based organization’s national events, such as the Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, over 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and nearly 14,000 will die from the disease. Ranking fifth in deaths among women, one in 78 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Usually occurring in older… Full Story

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