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

Texas Health Makes Best Place to Work List, Children’s Health Tops in Liver Transplants

Glassdoor recognized Texas Health Resources on its 2019 Employee’s Choice Best Places to Work in the U.S., with the health system coming in at 89 on the list of large national companies. The award is based on employee feedback. Employees were asked about their satisfaction based on career opportunities, compensation, benefits, culture, work/life balance and more. “This is truly an honor because it came from the positive feedback of our employees,” said Michelle Kirby, executive vice president and chief people officer, Texas Health said via release. “This distinguished list again places Texas Health among some of the best companies in… Full Story

FDA Approval for Drug that Targets Mutation in Multiple Cancers

The FDA approved a treatment that targets a specific fused gene that is common in several types cancer cells, shifting the treatment from focusing on a certain type of cancer or organ to fighting a common mutation in a wide range of tumors. Dr. Theodore Laetsch of UT Southwestern and Children’s Health is leading the work with this new form of precision medicine. The drug, called Larotrectinib, was found to be effective in 93 percent of patients tested at UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center. The mutation occurs when a TRK gene attaches to another gene, where the gene turns on and… Full Story

Children’s Health’s Ben Salinas is a 2018 ‘Up and Comer’

Ben Salinas, the Vice President of Ambulatory Services at Children’s in Dallas has been named one of Modern Healthcare‘s 2018 Up and Comers. The award recognizes young medical executives who have made significant contributions to healthcare administration, management or policy. Salinas’ work is inspired by his own time in the hospital as a child for foot surgery and has helped reduce staff turnover from 25 to 14 percent according to Children’s Health. Dr. Ray Tsai, the Senior Vice President of the Dallas Market and Salinas’ direct report, nominated him for the award. Tsai has served in a variety of roles at Children’s over the… Full Story

North Texas is Home to Five of the ‘Most Wired’ Health Systems in the Country

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has named several North Texas Healthcare Systems to its list of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care systems. The program awards health systems use of informational technology and recognizes organizations that adopt, implement and use best practices in the field. Texas is home to 11 of the most wired health systems in the country. Children’s Health, Cook Children’s, JPS, Texas Health Resources and UTSW also made the list in North Texas. THR has been named to the list 18 of 20 times, and highlights its use of electronic health records which are shared… Full Story