Dr. Jaya Kumar has been named Chief Medical Officer of Medical City McKinney, and will be starting in February. For the last five years, she served as medical director of a hospitalist group at Medical City Denton, and is board certified in nephrology and internal medicine. Kumar will help the medical team at Medical City McKinney, a 260-bed acute care hospital that includes a Level III trauma center. She completed medical school in India before doing residency in New York and California.
USMD Hospital at Fort Worth has named Kathy Early its chief executive officer and chief nursing officer. Early has been serving in those roles on an interim basis since June, and was the vice president of patient services at USMD Hospital at Arlington prior to that. She was that hospital’s nurse manager of surgical services before the promotion and has also served as a head nurse, staff RN, and clinical coordinator. Early has a master’s degree in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Science Center.
Sean Kamber will be the next chief executive at Medical City Weatherford. Kamber is a previous chief operating officer at the hospital, serving in that role from 2014 through 2017 before the hospital was brought under Medical City Healthcare. For the last year, he’s served as vice president of rural and community outreach for the Gulf Coast division of Medical City’s parent, HCA Healthcare. As Weatherford Regional’s COO, Kamber spurred higher CMS hospital scores, grew admissions and surgery, and completed a joint venture for an imaging center. He has a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University… Full Story
Methodist Health System has a new leader at its flagship Dallas hospital. John Phillips, who has been the head of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center for the last seven years, officially took his perch at Methodist Dallas Medical Center on Monday. Phillips takes over for Dr. Martin Koonsman, who has moved up the chain to become the system’s chief medical officer. In Mansfield, Phillips grew the hospital to 254 beds and helped it gain a Level 3 trauma designation as well as a Magnet designation, given to top performing hospitals for nursing. Phillips held CEO and COO positions within Irving-based Christus… Full Story
Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health has selected Chris York to serve as president of its Grapevine campus. As president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine, he’ll lead a 302-bed acute care hospital that became a Level II trauma center last year. Former Grapevine campus president Steven Nelson was promoted to president of Baylor Scott & White’s flagship location in downtown Dallas, Baylor University Medical Center, in July. York comes over from a stint as president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie, where he’s spent the last four years. He joined the not-for-profit healthcare system in… Full Story
The UNT Health Science Center has named a new provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, promoting the dean of the system’s college of pharmacy to the position. Dr. Charles Taylor will take on the role starting Aug. 1. He will serve as the chief academic officer and oversee and align budgetary policies and priorities. Taylor has packed a lot into his 13 months as dean of the UNT System College of Pharmacy. He oversaw the final months of the school’s accreditation process, prepared the team for a move to a new building, and filled a vacant leadership role.… Full Story
The Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees has a new chair. Ross McKnight, a businessman who has made fortunes in oil and banking, took over the role on July 1. McKnight was named chair-elect in 2015 and most recently served as chair of the finance and investment committee. He takes over after previous chair Jim Turner’s three-year term expired. McKnight has been on the board since it was formed by the merger in 2013. He served on the Scott & White Healthcare Board of Trustees for 11 years prior to that. McKnight is CEO of RoMac Gas Company… Full Story
Healthcare IT company T-System named a new chief executive officer. The company is tapping Bob Wilhelm for the role. Wilhelm had been serving as CEO of Adreima, a revenue cycle management company bought by the similarly aimed nThrive in 2016. He’s also had stints at Cerner and Trizetto. He replaces Roger Davis. In July, Davis left to take up the CEO job at Revint Solutions, which helps healthcare companies recover revenue from being underpaid on reimbursements. Dallas-based T-System focuses on digital documentation, particularly for emergency departments and freestanding ERs.
UT Southwestern has named Dr. Carlos Arteaga as its new director for the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. Arteaga replaces Dr. James Wilson, who left in 2016 to become chief scientific officer at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Arteaga begins September 1. In his new role, Arteaga will oversee the center’s 275-person staff of doctors, nurses, scientists, and other medical professionals within 30 departments ranging from basic science to clinical care. Additionally, he will manage more than 12 major cancer programs at the center, which provide “innovative treatments for complex care.” Arteaga previously served as director… Full Story
Medical City Dallas has named Dr. Kenneth Rothfield as its new chief medical officer. He replaces Dr. Michael Gruber. As CMO, Rothfield will help advise the hospital’s leading medical experts. Previously, Rothfield served as system VP, CMO, CQO, and patient safety officer at Jacksonville, Fla.-based St. Vincent’s Healthcare, part of Ascension Health. During his time there, hospital-acquired infections reportedly decreased by 50 percent and re-admissions decreased by 20 percent. Chris Mowan, CEO of Medical City Dallas, said in a statement that Rothfield “brings prior success fostering a culture of patient safety and provides a wealth of experience in clinical care… Full Story