North Texas Healthcare Innovation: Fighting Fungus, Sharing Data, Virtual Reality, and Radio Therapy

The North Texas healthcare market is constantly changing and innovating, bringing original ideas, techniques, and technology to patients in the region. We decided to check in with a startup, a nonprofit, a provider and an academic institution who are on the leading edge of healthcare innovation, and they told us about the latest procedures, techniques, software, and technology making a difference for patients. Fighting Fungal Infections At Healthcare accelerator Health Wildcatters, startup MycoDART is hoping to save lives with a test that can better diagnose fungal infections. When patients are in the hospitals and their immune system is suppressed, they… Full Story

Taking Stock of How DFW’s NICUs Stack Up

In 2013, state legislators passed a bill that required the Department of Health and Human Services to rate the ability of Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) to care for critically ill newborns here in Texas. After the hospitals apply for a certain level of care, ranging from more or less healthy premature babies in Level I to babies who need life support in Level IV, a team from the American Academy of Pediatrics or Texas Perinatal Services, a division of the nonprofit Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation, visits the hospitals and gives their rating recommendation rating to the… Full Story

Parkland Re-verified as Adult and Pediatric Burn Center

Parkland Health & Hospital System has been re-verified as a burn center by the American Burn Association and the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. Verification involves a stringent process that requires that a hospital is able to provide care from the pre-hospital phase through the rehab process. Parkland remains the only verified burn center in North Texas and one of just 62 in North America. The Parkland Burn Center was established in 1962, and it’s the second largest civilian burn center in the country. About 2,200 patients go through the center each year.

Lunch With… Parkland Chief Medical Officer Roberto de la Cruz

Roberto de la Cruz is a Parkland Health & Hospital System “boomerang,” as he calls it. He worked his way up to associate medical director at a Parkland clinic, and then departed for Baylor University Medical Center in 2000, where he spent the next decade and a half. But de la Cruz would eventually make it back to Parkland, and in 2015, he was named the system’s chief medical officer. For the September issue of D CEO, de la Cruz and I met for lunch at Ascension at The Crescent, where we talked about his career and, mostly, about Hurricane… 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

Deal for Former Parkland Campus Falls Through

Well, this came as a surprise in the inbox when I returned from lunch. Parkland Health & Hospital System says in a statement that they will remarket the former Parkland campus after the deal with the previous buyer fell through. The statement, which comes from Michael Malaise, Parkland’s SVP for community and external relations, says Dreien Opportunities LLC was unable to “complete and close the necessary financing within the time frame required under the purchase agreement.” The deadline was April 17, and it came and went. Here’s Malaise’s full statement: Parkland has been notified that Dreien Opportunities LLC, who had… Full Story

Parkland’s New Chief Talent Officer on His New Role, Recruiting Talent, and Diversity and Inclusion

Parkland Health & Hospital System announced Corey Jackson as its new chief talent officer late last month. It’s a promotion for Jackson, the former associate chief talent officer, who takes over for the departing Jim Dunn. A couple days after the announcement, I hopped on the phone with Jackson, who has a J.D. and a background in diversity and inclusion (more detailed experience here), to hear about his approach to the new role. Here’s the conversation: You’re moving into a unique role because not only are you in charge of HR and employee experience, but you also have a hand… Full Story

Dallas County Commissioners Amend Agreement to Sell Former Parkland Campus

The Dallas County commissioners on Tuesday approved—by a 3-2 margin—an amendment to the original agreement to sell Parkland hospital. It adds parking solutions, additional compensation, and economic security, according to a story from D CEO’s Julia Bunch. In the piece, Julia writes about why the sale is a win for the county hospital. Developer Sam Ware, of Dreien Opportunity Partners, is planning to turn the old hospital into a mixed-use campus. Read Julia’s story on the latest developments here.

Parkland Names a New Chief Talent Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System has promoted Corey Jackson to the role of executive vice president and chief talent officer. Jackson, who’d previously served as associate chief talent officer, takes over for Jim Dunn, who is moving on to be chief human resources officer at Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health, per Becker’s Hospital Review. Jackson brings a background in diversity and inclusion to the position. He’s a former VP of compliance, diversity, and ethics at George Mason University in Virginia. Prior to that, Jackson spent three years as the NCAA’s director of diversity and inclusion. He has a J.D. from… Full Story

Plans For the Former Parkland Complex Are Taking Shape

Over at D CEO, Senior Editor and real estate whiz Julia Bunch has an update on Sam Ware’s thoughts for the former Parkland hospital complex. The Dreien Opportunity Partners CEO, who’s in the final stages of securing the property, is keeping with his vision for a mix of housing, senior housing, and “micro” apartments for medical personnel. There’s also a conference center in the works as well as retail space with healthy food and craft coffee options, and a potential food hall. Count me in for a visit. Read Julia’s story here.