A salute to the North Texas hospital workforce, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation’s (DFWHC Foundation) Annual Employee of the Year Luncheon celebrated its 19th year today with the announcement of the 2015 recipients at Irving Convention Center. More than 700 attendees turned out to honor the 14 winners introduced from a pool of 55 area hospitals.
“Our goal is for this luncheon to serve as a tool for hospitals to inspire great employees,” said Kristin Jenkins, president of the DFWHC Foundation. “We’re attempting make a difference by helping to build morale in our hospitals, improve quality of care, quality of life and recognize the importance of each individual. Every nominee, the best of the best of North Texas, deserved to be recognized today.”
Rex McRae Scholarship
• Megan Hill, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center/El Centro College
Nurse Preceptor Award
• Maneoly Casaquite, Unit Supervisor, HCA’s North Hills Hospital
• Dr. Kevin Martens, HCA’s Medical Center of McKinney
• Clarence Griffith, Baylor Jack & Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital
Community Service Award
• Nancy Valant, Staff Nurse, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
• Darla Whitmire, Administrative Coordinator HR, UT Southwestern University Hospitals
Special Recognition Awards
• Anthony Dinsay, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance
• Jenny Murray, Nursing Supervisor, Tenet’s Centennial Medical Center
• Mary Harrison, Supervisor Housekeeping, UT Southwestern Clements University Hospital
• Lou Ann Shumate, Clinical Lab Assistant, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Employee of the Year Awards
• Chris Talatala, Operating Room Nurse, Texas Health Southlake
• Michelle De La Cruz, Nurse Practitioner, Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton
• Vernon Lee, Catering Aide, Cook Children’s Health Care System
• Susan Mericle, Art Therapist Psychiatric Services, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Captain Chad Fleming, a former member of the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment whose heroic service resulted in the amputation of his leg, served an inspirational keynote speech in support of the luncheon theme “Healthcare Heroes.” Dr. John Warner, CEO of UT Southwestern University Hospitals, served as master of ceremonies. Board members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare Human Resources Association judged nominations with the names and hospitals removed.
IRVING, Texas – One hundred and eighty-five (185) Texas counties with a combined population equal to or greater than 21 individual states have no general psychiatrist, while 158 Texas counties with a combined population equal to or greater than 14 individual states have no general surgeon, according to a new report.
Entitled “The Physician Workforce in Texas: An Examination of Physician Distribution, Access, Demographics, Affiliations and Practice Patterns in Texas’ 254 Counties,” the study was prepared for the North Texas Regional Extension Center (NTREC), a program of the DFW Hospital Council Foundation, by Merritt Hawkins, a national physician search and consulting firm. The report exposes major gaps in Texas’ physician workforce and calls into question patient access to physicians in the state.
“The good news is that Texas is adding thousands of physicians to the workforce,” said Richard Howe, PhD, executive director of NTREC. “The bad news is we are not keeping up with demand, with both rural and urban areas facing severe access challenges.”
The study includes a breakdown of physician numbers for each county in Texas. It concludes that 35 counties have no physician of any kind, while 80 counties have five or fewer physicians. One hundred and forty-seven (147) Texas counties with a combined population of more than 1.8 million people have no obstetrician/gynecologist. More than 1.9 million Texans live in counties without a general surgeon, while more than 3.1 million live in counties without a psychiatrist.
Texas ranks 41st among 50 states in physicians per 100,000 residents and would need to add 12,819 physicians in order to be in line with the national per capita average, according to the report. The study also reveals that while many rural counties lack physicians, urban areas also are experiencing challenges. There are 375 federally designated Health Care Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Texas with a dearth of primary care physicians, many of them located in Texas’ most populous counties, including Dallas, Harris and Bexar.
Access may be compounded by changing practice patterns among Texas physicians. The study reveals Texas ranks second in percentage of physicians who remain in independent private practice. However, Texas physicians are embracing new trends such as hospital employment, part-time practice and concierge medicine that reduce their overall hours and accessibility. They also are less likely to accept Medicaid and Medicare payments than physicians in other states.
“It’s not just how many physicians you have in a state that determines patient access,” said Travis Singleton, senior vice president of Merritt Hawkins. “It is how they choose to practice and where they choose to practice that counts.”
The report further indicates that physician shortages are having a detrimental economic impact in Texas, reducing potential employment and undermining the financial viability of mostly rural hospitals. A complete copy of the report can be accessed at www.ntrec.org or www.merritthawkins.com.
About North Texas Regional Extension Center and DFW Hospital Council Foundation
A program of the DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation (www.dfwhcfoundation.org), the North Texas Regional Extension Center (NTREC) assists physicians in 42 counties in implementing Electronic Health Records. NTREC was funded by a 2010 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The DFWHC Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to continually improve the community’s health by promoting high quality and cost effective healthcare.
About Merritt Hawkins
Merritt Hawkins (www.merritthawkins.com) is the leading physician search and consulting firm in the United States and is a company of AMN Healthcare (www.amnhealthcare.com) the largest healthcare staffing organization in the country and nation’s innovator of healthcare workforce solutions.
NTREC/DFW Hospital Council
NOTE: This publication was made possible by Grant Number 90RC0048 from the Office of the National Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of the National Coordinator.
In an April 15 blog in the Journal of AHIMA, the official publication of the American Health Information Management Association, a pair of Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation leaders were quoted due to their expertise in healthcare data.
Theresa Mendoza, director of quality, BI and data services for the Foundation, and Richard Howe, PhD, executive director of the North Texas Regional Extension Center, were quoted in the blog titled, “Quality Data Starts With Us.” The blog was posted April 15 by Julie Dooling.
The Journal of AHIMA delivers best practices in health information management and keeps readers current on emerging issues that affect the accuracy, timeliness, privacy and security of patient health information.
You can read the blog here.
We are so excited about our 19th Annual Employee of the Year Luncheon, May 1 at the Irving Convention Center. This year, we have received over 100 nominees from more than 55 hospitals. We do not envy the judges! Tickets and sponsorships are still available.
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