Three Retirements at Christus Health Prior to Leadership Shake Up

Three of Christus Health’s top leaders are set to retire in the next few months, and the organization is announcing a restructured leadership team. The Catholic nonprofit health system will lose Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Linda McClung, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Dr. John Gillean, and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer George Conklin in coming months. The three departing leaders combined for more than 75 years of experience at Christus, with McClung serving in various roles for 33 years, Gillean for 24 years, and Conklin for more than 20 years. McClung’s last day will… Full Story

George Conklin is Making Sure Christus Health Stays Wired

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. George Conklin, Chief Information Officer at Christus Health, was one of our nominees for CIO/CTO 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? We have worked extensively to expand… Full Story

Irving-based Christus Enters Joint Venture in Louisiana

Christus Health and Ochsner Health System have struck an agreement to add Ochsner as a minority owner to Christus Health Southwestern Louisiana, the two sides said this week. Two hospitals, a charitable foundation, an ambulatory surgery center, imaging centers, and clinics will be involved in the joint venture. Irving-based Christus will manage the hospitals while Ochsner—the largest non-profit, academic health system in Louisiana—manages physician and clinical operations. The announcement hints at growth in the area, saying the joint venture “will also be responsible for all future health care facilities and services operated by the two health systems in the Lake… Full Story

Christus Health Makes Oncology Investment In East Texas

Irving-based Christus Health is expanding its cancer care in East Texas, opening the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Oncology Institute. With the expansion, Tyler-based Trinity Mother Frances Health System will be able to offer surgical treatment for gastrointestinal, rectal, pancreas, and liver cancers. The system also hired a head of the new institute. Dr. Steven Curley will take on that role, joining the system after serving as professor and chief of surgical oncology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He’d also been directing the local and regional CHI Oncology Service line at the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and… Full Story

Tyler Nurse Indicted on Murder, Aggravated Assault Charges

More movement in the case of a 34-year-old Tyler nurse accused of injecting air into the arterial lines of patients, causing at least one to die of an ischemic stroke due to air embolism. William George Davis was indicted by a grand jury last week on a murder charge and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The Tyler Morning Telegraph says the indictment was unavailable—I’ll check in on whether that means it’s being sealed by authorities for the time-being. That would be my hunch. Davis is charged with the murder of 47-year-old Christopher Greenaway. When police announced… Full Story

The Tip Line Related To The Tyler Nurse Murder Case Has Been Flooded

A tip line set up in the aftermath of murder charges against a Tyler nurse has yielded more than 200 calls, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported this week and I’ve confirmed. The case, which I’ve written about previously, involves a murder charge against 34-year-old William George Davis, a nurse with Irving-based Christus Health System who worked at Christus Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler. Police say Davis injected air into the arterial line of 47-year-old Christopher Greenaway, causing him to suffer an ischemic stroke due to air embolism and die. Police have said they’re investigating additional cases and that more charges… Full Story

As Family Announces Suit Against Irving-based Christus, Affidavit Shows How Medical Experts Helped Police Arrest Tyler Nurse For Murder

A law firm representing a patient left in a vegetative state after a nurse’s alleged actions says it’s taking steps to file suit against Irving-based Christus Health System. Meanwhile, Tyler Police have unsealed the arrest affidavit in the case, shedding light on an investigation that led to the arrest of William George Davis, 34, last week. Davis, a nurse at the time who worked at Christus Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler and was assigned to the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, was arrested for the murder of 47-year-old Christopher Greenaway. Greenaway died of an ischemic stroke caused by an air… Full Story

Irving-based Christus Health Gets Good News From Moody’s As Its Good Shepherd Turnaround Continues

In early 2017, Christus Health System finalized a deal to bring Longview-based Good Shepherd Health System under its direction. Late last week, the Irving-based not-for-profit’s efforts to turnaround Good Shepherd were recognized by Moody’s Investor Service. Moody’s raised Good Shepherd’s bond rating by four notches, from Caa1 to Ba3. Under the new rating, Moody’s says the hospital’s bonds have speculative elements and are subject to substantial credit risk. The old rating had the bonds judged to be of poor standing and subject to very high credit risk. Why the change? Well, Moody’s is high on the new ownership from Christus,… Full Story

Moody’s Issues Zero Texas Upgrades in 2017 as Ratio of Upgrades to Downgrades Dips

The ratio of upgrades to downgrades issued to not-for-profit hospital systems by Moody’s looked worse in 2017 than it did the year prior, and the Lone Star State failed to register a single upgrade, according to a new report by Moody’s Investors Service. North Texas played home to a pair of downgrades in 2017, the only two in Texas last year. They were Tyler-based East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and Sulphur Springs-based Hopkins County Hospital District. Overall, Moody’s downgraded 41 hospital systems in 2017 versus just 12 upgrades. The ratio of 3.4-to-1 compares to 1.5-to-1 in 2016, when… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.23.12)

More DFW hospitals and clinics may have received tainted medicine from pharmaceutical distributor at heart of national meningitis outbreak.

CHRISTUS Health has agreed to sell its share of Baptist St. Anthony’s in Amarillo.

The University of Texas System has allocated $7.5 million to expand STEM research at UTA.

Eighty-five percent of primary care physicians and oncologists use social media at least once a week to find new health information.

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