Children’s Health’s Football Stadium Sponsorship Under Fire

The ribbon-cutting of Children’s Health Stadium at Prosper ISD on August 17 was supposed to be a celebrated affair that further established the pediatric provider into a new community where they will soon have another hospital. But The Dallas Morning News‘ business columnist Mitchell Schnurman took Children’s Health to task for both where and how they spent their money. The column said Children Health’s credibility will take a hit for paying $2.5 million to sponsor the $53 million, 12,000-seat stadium. The health system is expanding into Prosper, a wealthy and highly insured community north of Frisco, in the coming years, so it makes… Full Story

Children’s Health Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Children’s Health has named Tammy Webb as its new executive vice president and chief nursing officer, where she will lead the system’s nursing practice. She will guide nursing strategy, culture, and operational excellence for patient care at the nation’s eighth largest pediatric health provider. “Tammy embodies the clinical nursing, strategic planning and hospital administration expertise necessary to successfully fulfill this multifaceted position, bringing nearly three decades of experience ranging from bedside nursing to nursing leadership,” said David Berry, system clinical and scientific operations president at Children’s Health via release. “With a demonstrated history of strategic leadership and collaboration, we are… Full Story

Is Certificate of Need the Answer to North Texas Healthcare Prices?

What if Texas began to limit the number of hospitals? Would it improve healthcare spending, or just reduce competition and hurt patients? This spring, Children’s Health and Cook Children’s Hospital both announced the construction of new hospitals in Prosper. After decades of serving the growth in Dallas and Fort Worth respectively, the two pediatric health systems both felt the need to build hospitals just a few miles from each other. It felt like a change in the era of children’s healthcare in North Texas, and crossing the line of demarcation. The northern suburbs are no stranger to new hospitals, with… Full Story

North Texas’ Best Children’s Hospital, According to U.S. News

U.S. News & World Report released their 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals specialty rankings, and several Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals were included among the top positions in various specialties. Children’s Health was nationally ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties, and it tied with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children as the number 2 program in the country for pediatric orthopedics. Children’s Health was the only hospital nationally ranked in 10 out of 10 specialties, its second year in a row to do so. In seven of the ten specialties, Children’s ranking improved. “For more than 100 years, Children’s Health has been dedicated… Full Story

How to Navigate a Hospital Stay

The most important thing for anyone facing a hospital stay with their child is to know that as a patient family, you are part of the care team. It’s easy to get lost in trying to understand the hospital environment and unfamiliar processes. No one on the medical team expects families to understand the medical jargon—it’s our job to help them make sense of everything. We want our patient families to stop us and tell us if we’re using terms that don’t make sense or if we’re misremembering something they’ve told us about their child. They should always speak up… Full Story

Children’s Health Purchases 72-Acres in Prosper with Plans for Medical Campus

The nation’s eighth largest pediatric healthcare provider has purchases 72 acres in Prosper with plans to build a medical campus in the quickly growing suburb. The medical center will be just a stone’s throw from Cook Children’s north campus, which is also being built in Prosper and will partly open this fall. The facility will continue Children’s Health northward expansion into Denton County after it opened Children’s Health Plano in 2008. There will be pediatric healthcare services at the site, which is at Highway 380 and the Dallas North Tollway, and will include corporate, hospitality, and retail products on the community… Full Story

How Much Money Are North Texas Health Plans Making?

The latest version of Allan Baumgarten’s Texas Health Market Review came out this year, revealing enrollment, profit, and marketshare for Texas’ Health Plans for 2017. Some plans appear to be raking in the cash, while others are losing millions of dollars. First, let’s look at what the review says about insured rates in Texas, which has the greatest percentage of uninsured people in the nation. According to the report, Texas’ uninsured rate decreased from 21.9 percent in 2013 to 17.3 percent in 2017, though it ticked up from 16.9 percent since 2015. Texas is one of 14 states that hasn’t adopted… Full Story

Children’s Health Makes ‘Difficult Decision’ to Close Home Care Division

Children’s Health will be closing its Home Care division this March. The 93-employee division includes a pediatrician, skilled nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and respiratory therapists that provided in-home care for children and their families. The Home Care team serves Dallas, Denton, Ellis, and Collin counties for some of Children’s most critical patients. The service has 24/7 availability, coordinated care between the physician and other providers, sends reports to providers, and helps parents answer questions about their medically complex children and the medical equipment used in the home. “After conducting an in-depth analysis to determine how we can best… Full Story

Children’s Health Innovator William Long is Ready for the Change Ahead

Earlier this month, D CEO held its Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer Awards, recognizing the top tech business leaders in North Texas. Several of the nominees apply their innovative expertise to the healthcare field, and were kind enough to share their thoughts on everything from significant achievements to their toughest challenges. William Long, Chief Information and Security Officer at Children’s Health, was one of our nominees for Innovator of the Year. Below are his responses to our Q and A ahead of the awards. What has been your most significant professional achievement in the past year or so? “I am most excited… Full Story

The ‘Magic’ of Make-a-Wish Reduces Hospital Visits for Recipients

When 16-year-old Christina Riccio was in the depths of her treatment for stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she threw pancakes at her mother because they were the wrong flavor. As a teenager who wanted to be anywhere but the hospital, she took out her frustration on the one who was there to receive the abuse. She didn’t understand why her mother was always so upset. Wasn’t she the sick one? Thankfully, Riccio would make it through the treatment, and go on to be a physician herself at UT Southwestern, where she is on faculty as an anesthesiologist. Along the way she had… Full Story