Parkland Wins Five Axis Awards from the Association for Talent Development

Parkland Health & Hospital System recently won five Axis awards for the ability to develop it’s workforce from the Association for Talent Development, an organization that promotes workplace learning and performance. The system’s Office of Talent Management won four first place awards in talent assessment/succession planning, strategic planning, talent mobility and leadership development, and a placed second in diversity and inclusion. For leadership development, Parkland placed first amongst more than 1,800 submissions. The office created and implemented a succession planning and talent review process for more than 1,000 leaders throughout the system, collaborated with chief executives to align the strategic… Full Story

Meet Parkland’s New Chief Information Officer, Joseph Longo

Joseph Longo will be Parkland’s new chief information officer, where he will oversee information technology for the hospital system. He most recently served as the Vice President of IT Enterprise Technologies and as the Interim CIO after Matt Kull left earlier in the year. Longo began his career working for electronic medical record behemoth Epic System Corp. in Wisconsin before joining at Parkland as a consultant in 2006 and then being named Director of IT Core Clinical Systems. He returned to Parkland in 2012 after a taking a consulting position in California. During Longo’s tenure at Parkland, the system received awards for… Full Story

Parkland Foundation CEO Who Led Hospital’s Largest Fundraiser Ever To Retire in 2019

The president and CEO of Parkland Health & Hospital System’s philanthropic arm will retire next year. David Krause, who’s had that perch since 2005, will officially step down in the fall of 2019. Krause headed the Parkland Foundation during its most ambitious project to date, a $150-million fundraise for the new Parkland Memorial Hospital, which opened in August 2015. The foundation is nearing its goal on a new comprehensive breast center, as well—it has $4 million left on a $40 million goal on the Moody Center for Breast Health, expected to open in 2021. Prior to joining the Parkland Foundation,… Full Story

Parkland Joins 17 Other North Texas Hospitals With “Pathway to Excellence” Designation

Parkland Health & Hospital System has joined 17 other hospitals in the area as a Pathway to Excellence designee. According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which assigns the designations, Parkland is the first Pathway organization in the U.S. of its kind—a public, safety-net system that provides correctional healthcare as part of its services. (Jumping in here: After this went up, the Tarrant County-supported JPS Health Network notified us that it was named a Pathway designee on the same day as Parkland, meaning Parkland isn’t the only public, safety-net system that also provides correctional healthcare to be designated.) The… Full Story

Heat Exhaustion Season Is Here, Warns Parkland

By now Dallas has become one big outdoor sauna, and Parkland Health & Hospital System is warning individuals to be aware of the risks. Additionally, hospitals should be prepared to deal with more cases of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Parkland Hospital has seen more than 430 patients with heat-related diagnoses itself since 2010. And about 618 people per year have died from exposure to excessive natural heat from 1999 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heat exhaustion is the lesser evil of the two, resulting when people are exposed to high temps and become… Full Story

Where DFW’s Healthcare Community Stands On A Price Transparency Proposal From CMS

Ask a random selection of people about whether they’d appreciate more up-front knowledge about the prices they pay for healthcare, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that’s happy flailing around in the dark. As the public becomes more aware of inflated costs, the drumbeat for price transparency grows louder. But even so, practicality issues abound in transitioning a market whose prices have long sat largely beyond consumer view. As a result, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have proposed a rule that would force hospitals to post their lists of standard charges on their websites. At a minimum,… Full Story

Parkland Hires Associate Chief Talent Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System has hired an associate chief talent officer, filling the vacancy formed when the system promoted its former associate to the CTO role. The new hire is a familiar face. Marnese Barksdale Elder will be Parkland’s new senior vice president and associate CTO. Elder is returning after a two-year stint as president of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and as owner and CEO of Mecca Management. She was a VP and the associate CTO prior to leaving and first joined the hospital in 2000. In March, Parkland promoted Corey Jackson to CTO to fill the… Full Story

Parkland Receives Supplier Diversity Award

Parkland Health & Hospital System won the 2018 Vizient Supplier Diversity Award. Given out earlier this month, it calls out Parkland’s efforts to promote inclusion within their supply chain and encourage local economic growth via engaging minority- and women-owned businesses. In a news release, Parkland ran through some of its efforts: Parkland conducts outreach programs to link potential suppliers with the system by conducting two Diverse Suppliers Market Place vendor fairs annually, sending weekly Parkland Opportunity update email blasts to vendors and advocacy agencies regarding current open bids, conducting outreach events through the advocacy agencies to develop a pipeline of… Full Story

Moody Foundation Gives $15M Toward Creating Moody Breast Health Center at Parkland

The Moody Foundation has contributed a lead gift toward efforts to create a new breast health center at Parkland health and Hospital System. The foundation added $15 million to the pot, bringing Parkland to about $30 million of its $40 million goal. The center will be named the Moody Breast Health Center at Parkland. Parkland treats about 20 percent of the breast cancer cases in Dallas County, and the cases tend to involve patients that are younger and diagnosed at later stages of the cancer. The hospital provides breast health services for 30,000 people, diagnosing and treating 400 breast cancer… Full Story

Parkland Set to Bring Video Interpretation In-House

Parkland Health and Hospital System will hire as many as 80 in-house, full-time employees to serve the bulk of its interpretation needs, an “insourcing” decision the system says will save more than $1 million. The county hospital has been plugged into a video interpreter network for the last five years. Patients with a language barrier speak to providers via out-of-county interpreters on a screen. Many of them were based at their homes in Guatemala or Mexico, the system says. The video part won’t change under Parkland’s new plan. Meredith Stegall, Parkland’s director of language services, says that when her team… Full Story