Medical City Children’s Hospital Hires Director of Business Development

Medical City Children’s Hospital has hired of Deborah Sheppard as its director of business development. In her new role, Sheppard will work to develop business strategies to grow programs and increase market share of Medical City Children’s Hospital by working with physician alignment, service line and program strategy, and physician and operational leadership. She will report to Medical City’s chief development officer. Sheppard joins Medical City Children’s Hospital with 22 years of experience in business development and hospital operations. Most recently, she served as senior director of operations at Children’s Medical Center Dallas–Legacy Hospital in Plano.

DFW Healthcare Job Growth More Than Twice the U.S. Rate

Local healthcare job growth is growing at more than double the national rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. From October 2011 to October 2012, job growth in health services and education grew 5.7 percent in Fort Worth-Arlington and 4.6 percent in Dallas-Plano-Irving. Because education job growth has been stagnant, most of the new jobs are in healthcare. During the 18-month recession that officially started in December 2007, the U.S. lost 7.5 million jobs. Meanwhile, healthcare gained 428,000. Healthcare employment historically has been immune from business-cycle fluctuations and helped prop up the economy during difficult times. Healthcare was… Full Story

USMD Holdings Appoints New President, Chief Development Officer

USMD Holdings has named Gary L. Rudin its president and chief operating officer, and Karen Kennedy its executive vice president and chief development officer. The Irving-based company was formed in September  when four companies—USMD Inc., Urology Associates of North Texas LLP, Medical Clinic of North Texas PA, and IMPEL Management Services LLC—decided to combine. In his new role, Rudin will oversee the areas of physician practice management, outpatient services, hospital division, human resources, communications and marketing, information technology, and strategic planning. Kennedy will focus on growing the company through physician recruitment and practice acquisitions. Rudin, a former longtime executive at… Full Story

Irving-based Martin, Fletcher Purchased by Tennessee-based Company

Irving-based healthcare staffing firm Martin, Fletcher has been acquired by Tennessee-based Parallon Business Solutions. Martin, Fletcher has worked with more than 2,000 hospitals and clinics since it was founded in 1999. It currently serves more than 200 clients nationwide. The acquisition expands Parallon’s into North Texas and gives it the capability of locum tenens, or place holder, clinical staffing. The company’s president and CEO, Michael O’Boyle, said in a statement that demand for these services are expected to grow, as hospitals need more, rapid staffing due to the Accountable Care Act. “This acquisition positions Parallon to provide enhanced staffing services… Full Story

Conversation With Parkland Health & Hospital System Interim CEO Bob Smith

Parkland Health and Hospital System continues its quest for a new CEO, narrowing the field to four candidates earlier this month. They include current executive vice president and CFO Walter (Ted) Shaw, and three out-of-state candidates. Running the show until then is Bob Smith, interim CEO, who took over in September. A former vice president of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp., Smith came out of retirement to lead Parkland through the end of December, or until a permanent CEO is found. He talked with D Healthcare Daily about the changes that are under way at Parkland, and what lies ahead.  Q:… Full Story

Morning Rounds (11.20.12)

Fewer than 40 percent of physicians will own a practice at the end of 2013, with nearly 90 percent of them citing business expenses a a top concern.

Healthcare providers are experiencing difficulty keeping vital medicines in stock because of a drug shortage crisis.

Medicaid offices are experiencing difficulty finding  dentists, specialists, and primary-care doctors to care for Medicaid patients.

Pressure to control or decrease costs has resulted in increased ambiguity and ethical dilemmas among doctors. Full Story

Morning Rounds (11.08.12)

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s earnings grew 40 percent in the third quarter of 2012—its strongest third quarter in a decade.

Stocks for publicly traded hospitals gained on election news, but insurance companies took a hit.

President Obama’s re-election means healthcare reform is here to stay; but Republican state officials will influence the manner in which it is carried out.

The Texas Medical Association  has created a program to help doctors gain business expertise and better manage their practices. Full Story

Morning Rounds (11.02.12)

The CMS has laid out plans for the Medicaid primary-care payment increases.

UNT Health received a NIH grant exceeding $600,000 for the next two years in partnership with the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is looking to double last year’s estimated 460,000 veterans who connected through telehealth within the coming year.

State health officials have announced that Texas’ Planned Parenthood will not lose federal funding for the time being.


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Morning Rounds (10.29.12)

The pharmacy linked to the fungal meningitis outbreak may have known it was contaminated by mold and bacteria.

Dallas-based ambulance billing services company Emergicon has opened a new facility in Gun Barrel City.

Baylor Health Care System researchers tackle an approach that could help normalize blood pressure without medication.

Parker University creates EHR program to respond to healthcare IT trends that are reflected in a graphic. Full Story

Parker University Adds Bachelor’s Degree in Response to Health IT Trends

Beginning January 2013, Parker University will add a Bachelor’s degree specific to health information management that will train future HIM admins in technologies related not only to EHRs, but also on email communications, clinical alerts, and patient reminders. Parker University selected this program after market research, in which they identified huge trends and opportunities with electronic health records and the surges in Health IT that are reflected in the below infographic from Texas State University.