Meet Baylor’s Chief Diversity Officer

Guwan Jones has a heart for the underserved. Growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, home to fierce school integration battles in the late 1950s, gave her an understanding of the Civil Rights movement and inspires her work today. She oversees workforce development and diversity initiatives at Baylor Scott and White Health. “Diversity means all similarities and all differences,” she says. “It’s racial; it’s ethnic; it’s the first language you spoke; it’s your political affiliation; and it’s how you view the world. Although we teach a lot about cultural things, I make a note to help people understand that folks are… Full Story

How to Embrace the Transition to Menopause and Not Lose Your Mind

Tiffany Jackson is a physician with Baylor Scott & White Gynecology Specialists. Don’t ask her to deliver your baby—her practice is exclusively in gynecology. As a woman in the throes of the “change of life,” I asked the expert to share her insights and survival tips.  I tell people that the day you think you’ve lost your mind is the day you know you’ve started menopause. Is there a way to actually test for it? With regard to losing your mind, you’re probably referring to some of the mood changes that might occur with the transition. As the ovaries are… Full Story

Baylor Scott and White Health Named Employer of Excellence by PA Group

The American Academy of Physicians Assistant’s Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management named Baylor Scott and White Health an Employer of Excellence, joining Mayo Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and others as the first healthcare organization in Texas to receive the honor. The award honors organizations that uphold five principles for PAs: Establishing a supportive culture, providing opportunities for impacting the organization, informing about organizational activity, giving leadership opportunities, and managing conflict. The center noted Baylor’s Advanced Practice Professional Council to work on onboarding and retention for PAs and leadership classes for up-and-coming leaders in the system. “Advanced practice professionals… Full Story

How Community Health Workers at Baylor are Reducing Trips to the Hospital

As healthcare costs continue to rise, stakeholders are looking for ways to bring down costs. Dallas is one of the most expensive places in the country to receive healthcare, and emergency room visits and hospital admissions are two of the most expensive contacts a patient can have with the healthcare system. Consumers, payers, and even health systems are looking for ways to reduce these high cost visits. One might think that hiring more nurses or social workers might provide patients contact that could help keep them out of the hospital, but at Baylor Scott and White, a grant has helped… Full Story

Baylor Scott and White Now Has Remote Pharmacy Kiosks

Baylor Scott and White’s pharmacy kiosks are allow patients a convenient pickup option for their prescriptions. The kiosks will be located throughout the service area in medical centers, and patients will be able to enter their information and retrieve medications quickly and conveniently. The first remote kiosk was installed in the Texas Farm Bureau Headquarters in Waco, with more to come in coming months. Any prescription can be filled and stored properly, are available within hours of visiting the pharmacy, and are available 24 hours a day. If the patient wants a pharmacy consultation, they are available via phone or… Full Story

Free Lodging for Cancer Patients with Help from Jerry Jones Family, American Cancer Society, Baylor, and More

Cancer patients and their caregivers who come to North Texas for treatment will now have a place to stay while being treated at any of the area’s medical centers. The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Hope Lodge will be built on property donated by Baylor Scott and White Health near its Baylor University Medical Center campus. The lodge will help serve the thousands of cancer patients who travel to the region for cancer treatment they can’t get in their home town, often spending weeks or months away from home. In addition to the inconveniences of being stuck in a hotel… Full Story

New Chief Oncology Officer at Baylor Scott and White

Dr. Ronan Kelly will be Baylor Scott and White Health’s North Texas chief of oncology. He  will also be the medical director of Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Dallas. In addition to traditional cancer treatment in nearly every cancer sub-type, the medical center offers a holistic approach to treating canter including psychological support, personalized rehabilitation programs, dietary consulting, arts, and music therapy. “After an extensive national search, Dr. Kelly stood out as the candidate to help anchor the future of cancer care at Baylor Scott & White Health in North Texas as well as across the state,” said… Full Story

North Texas Home to the Fortune’s Top Two Employers in Healthcare

Fortune has released is 2019 list of of Best Places to Work in Healthcare and Bio Pharma, and Texas Health Resources took the top spot followed by Encompass Health at number two. This is Texas Health’s fifth consecutive year to top the list. The two organizations have been recognized for numerous categories by Fortune, including the best place to work for women, best place to work in Texas, and Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. The list included other North Texas healthcare employers Texas Rehabilitation Hospital at number 15, and Baylor Scott and White Health at number 34 Rankings are… Full Story

How to Bring Innovation to the Hospital – Dallas Startup Week

Agility and security are keys to startup success in the hospital space, according to panelists at Dallas Startup Week’s healthcare discussion, “Bringing Innovation to the Hospital,” hosted by healthcare startup accelerator Health Wildcatters. The panel featured major players in North Texas’ hospital systems and discussed major opportunities, how to get in touch, and where there are gaps in the market. The panel featured Jason Ickert, division director of application services for Medical City Healthcare, Aaron Bujnowski, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Texas Health Resources, and Matt Chambers, chief information officer at Baylor Scott and White. Dallas Business… Full Story

Texas Health, Baylor, and Methodist Among TMF Health Quality Award Winners

TMF Health Quality Institute, which partners with a variety of providers to improve the quality of healthcare, has named several North Texas hospitals to its 2018 Hospital Quality Improvement Program. The award recognizes quality data reporting and readmissions reduction and other positive outcomes. Several hospitals in the Texas Health Resources, Baylor Scott and White, and Methodist systems were recognized for the Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards. The award partners with the Arkansas Hospital Association, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma State Office of Rural Health, Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals and is awarded to hospitals in those… Full Story