Holmes Murphy Launches Workplace Culture Company

Dallas insurance brokerage Holmes Murphy is launching ethOs, a new company that will focus on improving workplace culture, engagement with staff, and employee well being. The organization will be led by President Ali Payne, who has more than 20 years of experience in the organizational engagement and corporate culture industries. “Our goal at ethOs is to ensure the whole employee comes to work every day by helping our clients build a culture that empowers and motivates their biggest asset — their talent,” said Payne via release. “Research shows employees who are engaged stay with their employer longer, achieve higher productivity,… Full Story

Naturally Slim Names Chief Revenue Officer

Dallas-based Naturally Slim has appointed Doug Layman as chief revenue officer to lead growth in the employer-sponsored space. Layman brings more than two decades of experience in the employer benefit space to the company. “Adding Doug to the team is a game changer in my mind,” said Rob Butler, CEO of Naturally Slim, via release. “His experience, track record of growth success, professionalism, and breadth of relationships are best-in-class and I feel fortunate we were able to add him to the team.” Layman has been in the employee benefits industry for more than 25 years as a strategic planning, business development,… Full Story

BCBSTX Awards $1.6M in Grants to Fight CKD and COPD

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will be awarding more than $1.6 million in Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grants to 12 Texas organizations in order to fight against and raise awareness about Chronic Kidney Disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Organizations were chosen for their work educating and managing CKD and COPD conditions, as well as their ability to decrease emergency room visits and increase primary care engagement. In communities with education and outreach events about CKD, medical spending decreased $103 per member, per month compared to areas without outreach, according to Richardson-based BCBSTX. “It’s important for us to collaborate with organizations that are making… Full Story

Naturally Slim Names Its CEO

Dallas-based Naturally Slim has appointed Rob Butler as CEO. The digital health company focused on reversing metabolic syndrome, diabetes prevention, and weight management will bring in Butler, the former CEO of Maestro Health, to lead its next phase of business. The appointment follows a major capital injection from The Riverside Company in May. “In the past few years we have demonstrated exceptional market momentum with our unique program that is both clinically impactful and cost-effective for employers to implement and we are now ready to take our company and growth to the next level,” said Dr. Tim Church, Chief Medical Officer… Full Story

Meet Cooper Wellness Strategies’ New Director of Wellness For VentanaFit

Cooper Aerobics has named  Elizabeth Niksich as the Director of Wellness for VentanaFit with Cooper Wellness Strategies. She will manage fitness programs at the new luxury high-rise senior living collaboration between Buckner International, Baylor Scott and White, and Cooper Wellness Strategies. Niksich has more than 30 years of experience managing wellness programs at Texas Health Resources, Mayo Clinic and Texas Instruments, and will provide wellness services and programming at the senior living community. “We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth to the Cooper Wellness Strategies team for our newest client Ventana,” said Dr. Tyler Cooper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cooper… Full Story

Expert: How Entrepreneurs Can Own a Medical Practice

The wellness sector has been booming, and that has made various healthcare players interested in performing procedures and even owning clinics. However, these would-be entrepreneurs should proceed with caution, because they could cross the line into prohibited—and illegal—activity. Here in Texas, and in many states around the country, the “corporate practice of medicine” law prohibits corporations, entities, or non-physicians from owning medical practices. Its aim is to protect the general public from business owners more interested in maximizing their incomes than in providing patients with high-quality healthcare. But non-physicians interested in owning a health-related business often struggle to identify what… Full Story

Blue Cross to Gift $1.6 Million to Address Social Determinants in Texas

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is gifting more than $1.6 million to 17 community-based organizations all over the state to address social determinants of health like access, transportation, housing, and job opportunities. Research continues to show that one’s healthcare is largely influenced by factors outside a hospital or doctor’s office, and for organizations who end up paying or providing healthcare to those who suffer from poor housing, food insecurity, or other determinants, investing in wellness through social factors is both a benefit to the community and the budget. BCBS of Texas and other organizations have continually made grants to… Full Story

North Texas City is One of the Least Stressed in the Country

Plano was ranked as the sixth least stressed city in the country, according to a WalletHub study ranking 182 American cities from most to least stressed. Dallas ranked as the 46th most stressed city in the study.  The results were determined by four categories of stress: work, financial, family, and health and safety. Irving, Grand Prairie, Arlington, Garland, and Fort Worth were also included in the study and ranked in the less stressful half of the 182 cities. Irving came in at 149, Grand Prairie at 122, Arlington at 106, Garland at 103, and Fort Worth at 100. Although Plano is… Full Story

Tenet Healthcare Collects Over 4 Million Servings of Cereal During Drive

Tenet Healthcare’s 2019 Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive collected over 4.5 million servings of cereal, helping over 100 local food banks and non-profit pantries. The annual drive aims to combat hunger, especially among children who lose access to school-provided nutrition during the summer. “Every day, our caregivers and supporting colleagues work hard to improve the health and well-being of our neighbors and ultimately save lives, and we are deeply grateful for their efforts,” Ron Rittenmeyer, Executive Chairman and CEO of Tenet, said via press release. “We are inspired by their compassion and energized by their unfaltering commitment to not only… Full Story

Hispanics Need Wellness Education With a Twist

I am the third generation of my family to be diagnosed with cancer: my grandmother, mother, father, and even my stepmom all passed away because of it. Six years ago, I got the news of my Stage 3A Breast Cancer. Having health insurance, family support and higher education, and being bilingual, were not enough to protect me from cancer.  Cancer is the leading cause of death among Latinos in this country: according to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 3 Latino women living in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer. Today there are 59.8 million Latinos in the U.S.;… Full Story