How Texas Health Resources Managed Its Ebola Crisis

Thomas Eric Duncan was already isolated in the emergency department at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas last September when Barclay Berdan, the CEO of the hospital’s nonprofit parent company, Texas Health Resources, heard for the first time that Duncan had probably contracted Ebola. Full Story

Why Dallas Is Building So Many Hospitals

The future of hospital construction in this country is evident in nearly every sector of North Texas. Healthcare reform, a population spike, and the aging of the baby boomers spur the construction of more—and more high-tech—new facilities. Full Story

How ‘Presenteeism’ Costs Employers Hundreds of Billions

Many companies do not write checks for their highest health-related costs. A decade ago, two studies  found that on-the-job productivity losses from pain and depression cost U.S. employers more than $90 billion in today’s dollars.  The phenomenon is known as “presenteeism.”

How Bad is Dallas For Your Health?

Every city in the country has certain factors that uniquely affect the health of its residents—everything from pollution and water quality to alcohol consumption and divorce rate. Dallas is no different. Dallasites work more, eat more, and drink more. And, in some respects, our bodies are paying for it. But just how bad is Dallas for your health? Click here to read the full D Magazine feature story by Lauren Silva Laughlin.

The Best Doctors in Dallas 2013

Best Doctors is a peer-review voting process. We rely on the doctors’ expertise to determine who deserves to be on the list, just like a doctor would recommend a specialist to a patient. This year, we mailed a letter to 8,835 local doctors inviting them to vote using a ballot on our website. They could vote for up to three doctors in 43 categories. The nomination form asked them to cast a vote bearing in mind the following question: which Dallas doctors would you trust with the care of a loved one? This year, 29,944 votes were cast by 1,466… Full Story

Bringing a Public Health Sensibility to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Bert Marshall knows that life can turn on a dime. Marshall, who was then president of health insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, arrived home from a vacation on a Saturday in late May 2012. He’d been in France celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary. There was a message on his answering machine from Martin Foster, executive vice president of Health Care Service Corp., which oversees BCBS health plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Call me tomorrow, Foster said. Marshall did. Foster told him that Darren Rodgers, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, was moving… Full Story