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					Interlocutor A magazine for friends of the
       Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council

                 Spring 2009      A DFWHC publication

Employee of the
Year Luncheon

Anita Perry
First Lady of Texas to serve as
Guest Speaker at April 30 event
This Issue
president's Column                     THE prESIDEnT'S CoLumn
Employee of the Year Luncheon
First Lady of Texas Anita perry
DFWHC Events
union Education: Line managers
                                       Healthcare reform for 2009
Foundation president's Column
DVT Luncheon                                      he Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) supports meaningful
Texas nursing Shortage                            and constructive healthcare reform. On the state level we appreciate the
pSQC news
                                                  conscientious efforts of our legislators as they address access to affordable
patient Safety Summit
                                       health insurance, the Texas uninsured problem and hopefully more children to receive
                                       health coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It is very concerning
Advertising                            that one in four Texans have no medical health insurance. Legislators have introduced
The Interlocutor reaches                                                   bills this session to assist Texas in improving
more than 1,000 healthcare
                                                                           the overall access to affordable healthcare for its
professionals in north Texas.
It is published four times a year.
                                                                           citizens. We have supported Senate Bill 476 (Senator
                                                                           Jane Nelson) and House Bill 591 (Representative
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                                                                           for a solution to the Texas Nursing Shortage that will
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                                                                           increase the annual production of RN graduates from
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                                                                                On the federal level, we want North Texas to
Contact: Chris Wilson
                                                                           share responsively in funds from the American
@                                                         Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Increased federal
                                                                           medical assistance percentage funding, subsidizing
                                                                           the unemployed COBRA premiums, grants for health
Published                                     Steve Love                   information technology infrastructure, comparative
Interlocutor is published by
                                                  president/CEo            effective research and funding for training healthcare
the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital                   Dallas-Fort Worth
Council as a membership                          Hospital Council
                                                                           providers will help during the current economic
benefit providing information                                              downturn. For future healthcare reform, Nancy-Ann
on healthcare issues and                                                   Deparle, White House Office of Health Reform, will
Council activities. material may       face many challenges. I know Nancy-Ann personally and have worked previously with
be reprinted without permission,       her at a hospital company. She will definitely champion healthcare reform and brings
provided acknowledgement is            extensive health-policy knowledge. Her work in the federal government, respect by her
given. Articles, news items and
                                       peers and ethical conduct will ensure a comprehensive approach to healthcare reform.
opinions are appreciated.
                                       This will include access to care, health coverage expansion, emphasis in improving
Send to: Chris Wilson,
                                       quality, modification to regulations and expansion of public health programs.
                                            We are excited about upcoming events and seminars for our members. We recently
                                       completed a webinar with the Internal Revenue Service on Form 990, learned about
Interlocutor:                          deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and have other seminars planned for this spring and
1: one who takes part in
                                       summer. We will host a Hot Legal Topic seminar in April and a membership meeting in
dialogue or conversation
                                       June. The DFWHC Education and Research Foundation will host the annual Employee
2: man in the middle of a              of the Year Luncheon on Thursday, April 30 when we honor non-management hospital
line who questions the end             employees for outstanding service. The keynote speaker will be the First Lady Anita
men and acts as a leader               Perry. We appreciate her commitment to hospitals and her passion for healthcare since
                                       she spent 17 years working in the field.
                                            Hopefully, when you read this Interlocutor, our new GroupOne software will
Cover                                  be implemented and operating efficiently for hospitals and clients. We are confident
Anita perry, First Lady of Texas and
a former nurse for 17 years, will
                                       this software will enhance the background screening process and positively impact
serve as the Guest Speaker at the      productivity at facilities.
Employee of the Year Luncheon.              As always, we welcome your feedback and thank you for your cooperation and
   Education and
   Foundation      presents

Lone Star                                Employee of the

HEROES                                   Year Luncheon
                                            April 30, 2009
                                           12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Celebrating Texas’                       Arlington
                                          Convention Center
    greatest resource -                              benefiting the

    dedicated hospital employees
                                           Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council
                                          Education and research Foundation
                                                   Workforce Center

                                                                    sponsored by

                                                                    GroupOne               R


For ticket or sponsorship information,
please contact Michelle Raczynski,
Eileen Cross or Chris Wilson at
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         any resources help Texas thrive as a state of quality   team is vital in providing excellent care to Texas patients.
         life and health, but none more important than the       Her recognition of our best caregivers demonstrates her
         dedicated hospital employee. The spirit of a devoted    commitment to the welfare of Texans.”
         hospital worker is marked by dedication, sacrifice          The 2009 nominees are James Cooper of Baylor All
and energy, familiar terms when describing heroes. The           Saints Medical Center at Ft. Worth, Paul Jentz of Baylor
Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) Education             Health Care System, Nancy Publico of Baylor Institute
and Research Foundation (Foundation) Workforce Center's          of Rehabilitation, Jenny Adams of Baylor Jack and Jane
Employee of the Year Luncheon is a unique opportunity to         Hamilton Heart & Vascular Hospital, Ruth Rekha of Baylor
honor these “Lone Star Heroes.”                                  Medical Center at Garland, Janice Southern of Baylor
     The 13th annual Luncheon will be held April 30 at           Medical Center at Southwest Fort Worth, Teri Jackson of
the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas. In          Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie, Julia Bell of Baylor
the dramatic fashion of an awards show, recipients will be       Medical Center of Irving, Robin Jacks of Baylor Regional
announced at the event. More than 45 nominees have been          Medical Center at Plano, Maureen Hair of Baylor Regional
selected this year by their hospitals. The nominees will be      Medical Center Grapevine, Tonya McVay of Baylor
individually introduced, with award recipients revealed as       Specialty Hospital, Sharon Gunn of Baylor University
names are drawn from an envelope. The Luncheon begins            Medical Center, Karen Todd of Centennial Medical Center,
with a reception at 11:00 a.m., followed by the award            Debbie Thompson of Children's Medical Center Dallas, Mel
presentations from noon - 2:00 p.m.                              McDaniel of Cook Children's Medical Center, David Bridges
     “The Employee of the Year Luncheon has become               of Denton Regional Medical Center, Dennis Mink of Doctors
an annual day when we honor the North Texas hospital             Hospital at White Rock Lake, Laura Brattin of Health
workforce,” said Sally Williams, Workforce Center director       Texas Provider Network, Bret Freeman of Hunt Regional
at the Foundation. “This event offers employees a chance to      Healthcare, Patricia Collett of JPS Health Network, Susan
be recognized for their incredible work. It's a celebration of   Alexander of Lake Pointe Medical Center, Ronna Conley
great employees making a difference within our hospitals.”       of Medical Center of Lewisville, Juan Carreon of Medical
     Thirteen awards will be presented, including seven          Center of McKinney, Jackie Yeap of Medical Center of
Employee of the Years, five Special Recognitions and one         Plano, Jan Tichenor of Medical City Dallas Hospital, Denise
Community Service. The Rex McRae Nursing Scholarship             Cobbs of Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Alice Madden
will also be presented.                                          of Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Marco Bartoloni of
     Serving as Guest Speaker will be First Lady Anita Perry,    Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Amanda Robbins of
who worked for 17 years as a nurse.                              North Hills Hospital, Diana Early of Our Children's House
     “We are thrilled that Mrs. Perry will speak to our          at Baylor, Jamie Fink of Parkland Health and Hospital
attendees,” said Kristin Jenkins, president of the Foundation.   System, Mary Roberts of Plaza Medical Center of Fort
“As a nurse, she understands how the entire hospital                                                     Continued on next page

                                                                                                  A full house of 550
                                                                                                  attendees is expected for
                                                                                                  the Employee of the Year
                                                                                                  Luncheon on April 30 at
                                                                                                  the Arlington Convention
                                                                                                  Center. More than 45
                                                                                                  hospital employees from
                                                                                                  across North Texas will
                                                                                                  be honored as "Lone Star
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                                          2009 LUNCHEON SPONSORS
                                                                                      Hospital platinum Sponsor
        presenting Sponsor                                                           Baylor Health Care System
     Stewart and Stimmel LLP                                               JPS Health Network - partners Together for Health
                                                                                      Methodist Health System
      platinum Sponsor                  media Sponsor                            Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth
   GroupOne Services, Inc.         Gannett Healthcare Group                           Texas Health Resources
               Silver Sponsor
                                                                                       Hospital Gold Sponsor
       Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
                                                                                    Medical Center of Lewisville
                      Bronze Sponsor                                                Medical City Dallas Hospital
                Balfour Beatty Construction                                        Tenet Healthcare Corporation
                      Perot Systems                                               UT Southwestern Medical Center

Worth, Justin Miller of Presbyterian Hospital of Denton,      tribute to non-management employees, nurses, technicians,
Mary Ellen Rathbun of Texas Health Arlington Memorial         educators and so many other dedicated professionals
Hospital, Deidre Lackey of Texas Health Harris Methodist      working in hospitals across North Texas,” said W. Stephen
Hospital Azle, Cora Para of Texas Health Harris Methodist     Love, president and CEO of DFWHC. “This Luncheon was
Hospital Fort Worth, Julia Blackburn of Texas Health Harris   created as an opportunity to highlight the vital role dedicated
Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Barney Benner        workers play in the success of our hospitals. It's an occasion
of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, Linda     where hard work and community spirit are acknowledged
Humphries of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital           and honored. This is their day.”
Southwest Fort Worth, Jennifer McMeens of Texas Health             Names of the winners will be a closely guarded secret
Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville, Kathy Ford of Texas   until the luncheon announcements. Recipients will be
Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, Robert Sanderlin of       carefully selected behind closed doors on April 14 when
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Sandra Adams       Board Members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare Human
of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, Kenneth          Resources Association judge the nominations. Names
Russell of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Winnsboro,      of individuals and hospitals are removed in advance and
Darla Hibdon of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital            selections are based on the facts presented.
Kaufman, Bethel Taft of Texas Health Specialty Hospital,          Stewart Stimmel LLP will serve as this year's Presenting
Kristi Verschelden of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano         Sponsor, while GroupOne Services, Inc. will be the
and Delbretta Hairston of UT Southwestern University          Platinum Sponsor. For information on purchasing tickets
Hospitals.                                                    or sponsorships, please contact Michelle Raczynski, Eileen
    “The Foundation's Employee of the Year Luncheon pays      Cross or Chris Wilson at 972-719-4900.=

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Guest Speaker
Texas First Lady
        nurse for 17 years, Texas     conference addresses a
        First Lady Anita Perry        number of issues important
        will share her experiences    to women, including
        as Guest Speaker of           professional development,
the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital        health care and personal
Council Education and Research        growth.
Foundation Workforce Center's             After the devastating
13th Annual Employee of the Year      fire at the Governor’s
Luncheon on April 30.                 Mansion in 2008, the
    Mrs. Perry draws from her         First    Lady     founded
extensive healthcare experience       the Texas Governor’s
as she advocates for such issues      Mansion        Restoration
as breast cancer, childhood           Fund. Restoration of the
immunizations      and    hospital    mansion will come from a public/                         Anita Perry
workforce shortages.                  private partnership and Mrs. Perry                    Texas First Lady and
                                                                                            Healthcare Advocate
     "Mrs. Perry draws from 17 years of
   nursing experience as she advocates                                      Nursing. The Anita Thigpen Perry
                                                                            Endowment at the Health Science
    for healthcare issues such as breast                                    Center of the University of Texas
                                                                            at San Antonio supports the Center
   cancer, childhood immunizations and                                      for Community Based Health
                                                                            Promotion in Women and Children.
         hospital workforce shortages."                                     In 2008, Texas Tech University
                                                                            named its nursing school The Anita
                                                                            Thigpen Perry School of Nursing.
     For the past eight years, Mrs.   is spearheading the private funding       Mrs. Perry earned a bachelor’s
Perry has also worked to promote      effort.                               degree in nursing from West Texas
issues that benefit Texans from all        Mrs. Perry has been honored      State University, now West Texas
walks of life – young, old and from   by her alma maters which have         A&M University, and a master’s
all parts of the state.               established endowments in her         degree in nursing from the
     In partnership with her          name. The Anita Thigpen Perry         University of Texas Health Science
husband, Gov. Rick Perry, she         Nursing Excellence Scholarship        Center in San Antonio.
developed the Texas Conference        provides financial support to             The Perrys are the proud
for Women and has hosted the          students admitted to West Texas       parents of son Griffin and daughter
event for the past nine years. The    A&M University’s School of            Sydney.=

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                             DFWHC Events
                                                 April 14: Educational Meeting
                                               "Union Education: Line Managers"
                                            Las Colinas Country Club 1:00-3:00 p.m.

                                            April 30: Employee of the Year Luncheon
                                                  Arlington Convention Center
                                         11:00 a.m. Reception; Noon-2:00 p.m. Luncheon

                                                  May 5: Membership Meeting
                                                 "Current Economic Challenges"
                                            Las Colinas Country Club 1:00-3:00 p.m.
                  Education and
                                                    Sponsor – Link Plus, LLC

                                               May 13: Educational Meeting
                                        RAC Meeting with CMS and Connolly Consulting
                                                    Details forthcoming

                                                  May 19: Educational Meeting
                                       "Discussing Margins with a Non-Financial Audience"
                                            Las Colinas Country Club 1:00-3:00 p.m.
                                                     Sponsor – MedAssets

                                                 June 11: Membership Meeting
                                        "HIMSS Annual Security Survey, Impact of ARRA"
                                            Las Colinas Country Club 1:00-3:00 p.m.
                                                     Sponsor – CynergisTek

                                               August 28: Patient Safety Summit
                              American Airlines Training and Conference Center 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
                                         Sponsor – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

               For registration information, please e-mail or call 972-719-4900.

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Upcoming DFWHC Meetings offer
 information on important topics

        busy series of meetings have been scheduled by the       May 19
        Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) and           DFWHC will host the May 19 Educational Meeting
        the DFWHC Education and Research Foundation              “Discussing Margins with a Non-Financial Audience” at
        (Foundation) over the coming months. Topics cover                          the Las Colinas Country Club from 1:00-
a full spectrum of issues including union education, the                           3:00 p.m. The event is free to attendees
economy and patient safety.                                                        and snacks will be provided. You must
                                                                                   preregister to attend. Dr. Nick Sears,
April 14                                                                           senior vice president and chief medical
DFWHC, the Foundation and Stewart Stimmel LLP will                                 officer of MedAssets, will serve as the
host the April 14 Educational Meeting “Union Education:                            speaker. Dr. Sears is a board certified
Line Managers” at the Las Colinas Country Club from 1:00                           cardiovascular surgeon with more than
to 3:00 p.m. The event is free to attendees and snacks will       Dr. Nick Sears 25 years of healthcare experience. Before
be provided. You must preregister to attend. Linda Stimmel                         joining MedAssets, Dr. Sears worked as a
of Stewart Stimmel LLP will be the main presenter, with a        Principal for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. He was responsible
panel discussion to follow.                                      for reducing supply chain expense for high-cost physician
                                                                 preference items. MedAssets is the sponsor.
April 30
The Foundation Workforce Center’s annual Employee of             June 11
the Year Luncheon will be held April 30 at the Arlington         DFWHC will host the June 11 Membership Meeting
Convention Center. A reception begins at 11:00 a.m.              “HIMSS Annual Security Survey, Impact of ARRA” at
followed by the award presentations from noon-2:00 p.m.                          the Las Colinas Country Club from 1:00-
For 13 years, the Employee of the Year Luncheon has paid                         3:00 p.m. The event is free to attendees
tribute to non-management employees, nurses, technicians,                        and snacks will be provided. You must
educators and other dedicated professionals working in                           preregister to attend. Serving as speaker
North Texas hospitals. First Lady Anita Perry will serve as                      is Mac McMillan, co-founder and CEO of
guest speaker.                                                                   CynergisTek, Inc., a firm specializing in the
                                                                                 areas of information security, regulatory
May 5                                                                            compliance and IT audit. Mr. McMillan
DFWHC will host the May 5 Membership Meeting “Current             Mac McMillan   has worked in the healthcare industry since
Economic Challenges” at the Las Colinas Country Club                             his retirement in 2000 and has contributed
                  from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The event is free to       to HCCA, AHIA, AHIMA and HIMSS. He serves as the
                  attendees and snacks will be provided. You     Chair of HIMSS Information Systems Security Group.
                  must preregister to attend. Serving as the     CynergisTek is the sponsor.
                  speaker will be Dr. William O. Cleverley,
                  president of Cleverley & Associates. Dr.       August 28
                  Cleverley is Professor Emeritus at The         The Foundation will host the “Second Annual Patient
                  Ohio State University where he has taught      Safety Summit: Excellence Through Collaboration” on
                  courses in healthcare finance since 1973.      August 28 at the American Airlines Training and Conference
   Dr. William    He is the author of more than 40 books         Center from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This summit will discuss
                  dealing with the application and use of        strategies from high reliability organizations for improving
financial management principles and data in healthcare           patient safety and quality. Speakers are John Nance, JD, best
organizations. In addition, he has authored more than 160        selling author of Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate
articles on healthcare financial issues. Link Plus, LLC is the   Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care; Gary Sculli,
sponsor.                                                         RN, MSN, Airline Transport Pilot and Program Manager
                                                                 for VA National Center for Patient Safety; and Dennis
May 13                                                           Parker, MBA, Retired Vice President-Safety, Health and
RAC Meeting with CMS and Connolly Consulting. Details            Environment, Conoco, Inc. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
for this event will be forthcoming.                              Texas is the sponsor.=

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                                        The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council,
                                        DFWHC Education and Research Foundation
                                        and Stewart Stimmel LLP present

                                        Line Managers
                                        April 14, 2009
                                        1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
                                        Las Colinas Country Club
                                        W. Stephen Love of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council
                 Education and
                                        with special guest
                                        Linda M. Stimmel of Stewart Stimmel LLP

     To register,                       Panel Discussion to follow
     please contact:
     Michelle Raczynski at
                                        Please join us for this informative opportunity to learn about               unions and healthcare. This presentation will be ideal for Line
                                        Managers, covering union impact and emerging healthcare
     For information,                   trends. Linda Stimmel is a health care litigation attorney. Her
     please call:                       practice focuses on medical malpractice defense and hospital/
     972-719-4900                       organizational issues. Hospitals and organizations frequently
                                        seek her guidance on issues involving day-to-day operations
                                        and delivery of care. Linda has an uncommon ability to analyze
     Sponsored by
                                        as well as anticipate the needs of health care providers and

                                        This event is free to attendees and snacks will be
                                        provided. You must preregister by April 7 to attend.

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Obama’s Health Care Plan
discussed at Feb. 23 meeting
         olitics served as a hot topic on        Dr. Keckley led an interactive
         February 23 when the Dallas-       discussion on President Barack Obama's
         Fort Worth Hospital Council        health care policies and what to expect
         (DFWHC) in conjunction with        in the coming years. An Executive
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services        Director of the Deloitte Center for
LLP hosted “A Political Perspective:        Health Solutions, Dr. Keckley provides
President Obama’s Health Care Plan          strategic guidance on the development
by Paul H. Keckley” at the Rosewood         of research and leadership. He has
Crescent Hotel in Dallas. The               been profiled by ABC's "20/20," CBS's
evening reception provided insightful       "60 Minutes," and The Wall Street
perspectives on the future of U.S.          Journal.
healthcare.                                      With 30 years of experience in
     “This was an interesting and           academic medicine, Dr. Keckley is
informative topic for DFWHC                 highly regarded for his knowledge of
members,” said W. Stephen Love,             health care economics and he provided
president and CEO of DFWHC. “We             inside information to attendees.
are thankful to Paul Keckley for                 “I appreciated the questions and
discussing these issues. We had a great     answers following Dr. Keckley's
turnout of more than 100 attendees and      presentation and was impressed with
some valuable ideas were discussed.         his responses,” Love added. “DFWHC
These meetings are one way we try to        plans to host membership meetings of
assist hospitals.”                          this type throughout the year.”=              Dr. Paul H. Keckley

        Form 990: An IRS Perspective
         DFWHC webinar is now online
                 he Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) hosted one of its first webinars on March 24 for hospital
                 membership. The free presentation was titled “Form 990: An IRS Perspective,” and was presented by
                 Steve Clarke of the Internal Revenue Service.
                 “Mr. Clark conducted an exceptional webinar regarding Form 990 modifications, especially discussions
      about Schedule H,” said W. Stephen Love, president and CEO of DFWHC. “We appreciate IRS's assistance and
      their cooperation in this webinar.”
           The IRS has redesigned Form 990 Schedule H to reflect changes that have taken place in the tax law and the
      tax-exempt sector. Healthcare groups will want to tune in to learn about the new form so they fully understand how
      the changes affect the filing process. Steve Clarke was involved in the redesign of today's Form 990. He is a tax
      law specialist with the IRS.
           While the webinar has already taken place, the presentation is still available to members by going to the
      DFWHC website. Simply click on the link listed on the home page in the “News and Events” box. If you would
      like to replay the webinar, go to this link:

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  DFWHC Education and Research Foundation

  our new
  Mission and Vision
  O          n February 16, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Education and Research
             Foundation (Foundation) Board of Directors designed their new Mission and Vision
             in a retreat hosted by Dean Elizabeth Poster at the UT-Arlington Smart Hospital in
  Arlington, Texas. The Foundation’s new Mission focuses on improving the health of the entire
                                      region, while the Vision emphasizes the Foundation’s key
                                      community role in the continuous improvement of care.
                                         The new Mission is:
                                         To continually improve the community’s health by
                                      promoting safe, high quality, cost effective, accessible and
                                      equitable healthcare and by strengthening the healthcare
                                      workforce through education, research and collaboration.
                                         The new Vision is:
                                         Become the community resource to create
                                      new knowledge, insight and wisdom for the
                                      continuous improvement of healthcare.
                                         As a way to fulfill this Mission and Vision,
                                      plus support the continued strength of healthcare
                                      in the North Texas region, a new Community
                                      Health Collaborative was formed. This
                                      Collaborative will be led by David Tesmer,
     Kristin Jenkins senior vice president Advocacy and Community David Tesmer
                JD, FACHE             Benefit with Texas Health Resources, and staffed
      president, DFWHC Foundation,    by the Foundation’s new Director of Community
      Senior Vice president, DFWHC
                                      Health Services, Benjamin Jacob.
                                         The Collaborative will hold an inaugural
  meeting this spring involving leaders from area hospitals, health systems, community
  health organizations, health industry companies and county medical societies. In
  the coming months, Collaborative leaders will choose community health initiatives
  to coordinate between interested groups in the North Texas Region. They will also
  establish regional performance indicators for each initiative, with the results over
  time measured and reported to the community.
       In future issues of the Interlocutor, we will focus on other specific strategies
  and initiatives adopted by the Foundation Board.                                         Benjamin Jacob
       We invite all of you to participate in and support our new Mission and
  Vision. Please contact either myself or Benjamin Jacob at 972-719-4900 if you are interested
  in participating in Community Health Initiatives or in supporting the work of the Foundation
  through your in-kind, service or financial contributions.
       Thank you to our board members for the dedication of their time and talents for the betterment
  of our community, patients and providers.=

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Foundation welcomes 140
guests to DVT Luncheon
        aking the pulse of quality health care, the Dallas-Fort
        Worth Hospital Council Education and Research
        Foundation (Foundation) welcomed 140 guests to
        the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas on
March 26 to attend a Patient Safety Educational Luncheon
covering Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT).
    The event was highlighted by the presentation of Melanie
Bloom, National Patient Spokesperson for the Coalition
to Prevent DVT. Mrs. Bloom discussed her involvement
with DVT, specifically when her husband, NBC News
correspondent David Bloom, died from complications of
DVT while covering the Iraq War.
    “When he embedded with the military and began the
long push across the Iraqi desert, he managed to stay in
touch,” said Bloom. “In one of his e-mails home, he wrote

“When my telephone rang that night
in 2003, through a fog of shock and
grief, I remember thinking, 'What?
He died of what?' I had never heard
of deep-vein thrombosis.”

to our girls that it was hard being away from his family.
                                                                  Melanie Bloom opens the Foundation's March 26 Patient Safety
Through all of this, David called home nearly every day via       Educational Luncheon on Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT).
satellite phone. One such call came a few days before his
death. He was speaking in a whisper. He said his unit had             Nevin Whitelaw, vice president at SMT, Inc., gave a
reached the outskirts of Baghdad and he was sleeping outside      presentation "Forces Driving Quality and Performance."
atop the fender of a tank. I said, 'David, why are you sleeping   A panel discussion on DVT followed, including Martin L.
outside? Get back into the tank where it’s safe!' But he said     Koonsman, MD, of Methodist Dallas Medical Center; Jill M.
he had been confined too long inside too small a space. His       Widmark, of Baylor Medical Center at Garland; and Elaine
legs had been cramping and he couldn’t bear another night         Harrison, of the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas. The
with his knees tucked to his chin.”                               luncheon closed with a presentation on the regional approach
     Bloom was shocked when she learned of her husband's          to DVT with Mike Sanborn of Baylor Healthcare System and
death.                                                            Mari Tietze, PhD, of the Foundation.
     “When my telephone rang that night in April 2003,              “We were so pleased with the turnout for this luncheon,”
through a fog of shock and grief, I remember thinking, 'What?     said Kristin Jenkins, president of the Foundation. “DVT is
He died of what?' I had never heard of deep-vein thrombosis       a serious issue that takes its toll on the young, old, male,
(DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE). And yet these unknown,          female, fit and unfit. This is the Foundation's way of trying
unseen conditions took the life of my husband and father of       to continually improve the community’s health through
my three little girls,” she said.                                 education, research and collaboration.”=
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  DFWHC Education and Research Foundation

The Foundation's approach to
grant and research development
   Grant and Research Development
   Framework                                                                                                         Education and




                                        Current and Future Issues Orientation
           Hospital-                                                                                      Community
          operational                                                                                       health

                                State and Federal           Workforce              patient safety
                                mandate support             supply and              and quality

                                                          DFWHC ErF 2009

         he Foundation framework for          covering current and future issues of       next two months to provide your grant
         grant and research development       concern such as hospital operations,        and research needs to a Foundation Grant
         is primarily based on data sources   workforce, patient safety and quality and   Committee member!
         and health care community            community health.                               For additional information, please
relationships. The main objective of this         The Foundation Grant Committee          contact Mari Tietze, PhD, RN-BC,
framework is to be multi-organizational,      addresses the assessment of appropriate     director of nursing research and
interdisciplinary and collaborative. The      grants and information gathering of         informatics at the Foundation at 972-
scope is hospital- and community-based,       member needs. Please stay tuned in the      717-4279 or

14 "Excellence Through Collaboration”
Coalition formed to reduce the
Texas nursing workforce shortage

         he Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital         for its commitment to our institutions    benefit the economy of Texas. DFWHC
         Council (DFWHC) has been              of higher education. We request they      is committed to working collaboratively
         actively participating in the         add $60 million to nursing education      with our member hospitals to help
         Texas Nursing Workforce               funding to double the number of nursing   reduce nursing turnover, which will also
Shortage Coalition.                            graduates by 2013. This investment in     help reduce the nursing shortage.”
    The Coalition includes business            nursing education will not only produce        For more information, please visit
and industry leaders from the state,           more nursing graduates, but will also
various chambers of commerce, Texas
Nurses Association, Texas Hospital
Association, Independent Colleges and
Universities of Texas, Inc. Many other
business organizations and hospitals
support this statewide effort to reduce
the widening gap between the supply
and demand for registered nurses.
    “ Te x a s h a s a s h o r t f a l l o f
approximately 22,000 registered
nurses,” said W. Stephen Love, president
and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth
Hospital Council. “Last year almost
8,000 qualified applicants were turned
away from Texas nursing schools. The
solution, proposed by the Texas Nursing
Workforce Shortage Coalition, increases
capacity, improves efficiency, assists
nursing students with financial aid and
holds schools accountable for graduation
rates. We thank our State Legislature

                                                                                              “Excellence Through Collaboration” 15
  DFWHC Education and Research Foundation

PSQC Committee for 2009
         he Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Education
         and Research Foundation's (Foundation) Patient
         Safety & Quality Committee (PSQC) supports
         efforts to improve health care of the community
through the development and use of healthcare data.
    Membership consists of employees from hospitals
throughout North Texas from a wide range of disciplines,
including quality improvement, patient safety, infection
control, data analysis, pharmacy and clinical practice.

The 2009 PSQC Committee includes:

    •    Rhonda Abercrombie, Director of Infection
         Prevention, Medical Center of Lewisville               •   Mike Sanborn (Chair), VP Cardiovascular
                                                                    Services, Baylor Health Care System
    •    Ann Allen, Director Performance Improvement,
         Texas Health Resources                                 •   Linda Scribner, Director Clinical Outcomes,
                                                                    Methodist Dallas Medical Center
    •    Peggy Bailey, Assistant Vice President, UT
         Southwestern University Hospitals                      •   Jane Siegel, Professor of Pediatrics, UT
                                                                    Southwestern Medical Center; and Medical
    •    Joyce Cleva-Carver, Vice President of Clinical             Director Infection Control,
         Programs, HCA North Texas Division, Inc.                   Children's Medical Center Dallas

    •    Jan Compton, Director of Patient Safety, Baylor        •   Mark Thomas, Director of Pharmacy, Cook
         Health Care System                                         Children's Medical Center

    •    Debbie Gardiner, Director Risk Management and           PSQC goals are based on analysis of the Foundation’s
         Performance Improvement, East Texas Medical        warehouse of inpatient and outpatient administrative data.
         Center Athens                                      These goals reflect the committee's mission to make use of
                                                            this data as a tool for improving quality and safety in the
    •    Linda Miller, Manager Infection Control,           region.
         Methodist Charlton Medical Center
                                                            PSQC THEMES
    •    Julia Napper, Director of Performance                 The themes of the PSQC's work involve data analysis,
         Improvement and Clinical Safety, Parkland Health   education and collaboration. In looking at data, members
         & Hospital System                                  hope to discover trends that can impact the health of the
                                                            community. Through education, members hope to provide
    •    Michelle Rutherford, Patient Safety Officer, JPS   opportunities for learning and networking. In collaboration,
         Health Network                                     members hope to achieve excellence.=

16 "Excellence Through Collaboration”
 Wristband standardization!

                                                                                                      The first step in starting this process
                                                                                                  is to know which hospitals plan on
                                                                                                  using the wristband standardization
The Foundation's Patient Safety                                                                   system. A survey was done in late
& Quality Committee (PSQC) is                                                                     January (see below for summary).
facilitating information exchange                                                                 Results and contact information for
between interested hospitals planning                                                             implementation have been shared.
to implement color-coded wristband                       Wristband guidelines recommend
standardization. This initiative has                using the colors of red to indicate               PSQC will coordinate a May
been recommended by the American                    allergies, yellow to indicate a "fall risk"   conference call to share challenges
Hospital Association and the Texas                  and purple to indicate DNR (do not            and feedback. For information, contact
Hospital Association.                               resuscitate).                       

 Color Coded Wristband
     Survey Results
respondents:                               14*

To implement:                               13

not planning to implement:                      0

undecided:                                      1

purple band (Dnr):                     9 of 13

red band (allergy):                   12 of 13

Yellow band (fall risk):              13 of 13

Implemented:                                    7

purple band (Dnr):                 6 of 7 YES

red band (allergy):                6 of 7 YES

Yellow band (fall risk):           7 of 7 YES

plan to implement:                              6

purple band (Dnr):                 3 of 6 YES

                                                                                                    Red:              Allergies

red band (allergy):                6 of 6 YES

Yellow band (fall risk):           6 of 6 YES           Recommended
* - Four of these respondents represent four            Guidelines                                  Yellow: Fall Risk
    hospital systems (total of 37 hospitals);
    the 14 respondents represent a total of
    47 hospitals.                                                                                   Purple: DNR
                                                                                                        “Excellence Through Collaboration” 17
             Second Annual North Texas
             Patient Safety Summit:
             Excellence Through Collaboration

             Save the Date: August 28, 2009
             7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

             American Airlines Training
             and Conference Center
             Fort Worth, Texas
             Purpose: To discuss strategies from high reliability
             organizations for improving patient safety and quality.

             John Nance, JD
             - Best selling author of Why Hospitals Should Fly: The
             Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care

             Gary Sculli , RN, MSN, Airline Transport Pilot
             - Program Manager for VA National Center for Patient
             Safety and an expert in Patient Safety and Crew
             Resource Management

             Dennis Parker, MBA
             - Retired Vice President-Safety, Health and
             Environment, Conoco, Inc.

             Audience: Patient Safety, Quality and Risk
             Management leaders, in addition to CMOs, CNOs,
             CEOs and CFOs, are invited.

John Nance   Registration information will be available by early April
 online access
 customized accounts
 work history database
 hr-xml-based software
 completed reports archived
 web-based data submission
 employment verification system

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            DFWHC’s 2009 Board of Trustees

           Kirk King                 Chris Durovich       Steven Newton        Michael Mayo         Terry Akin
           Chairman                  Past Chairman        Chairman-Elect       Trustee              Trustee
           Texas Health              Children's Medical   Baylor All Saints    Methodist Dallas     Texas Health
           Arlington Memorial        Center Dallas        Medical Center       Medical Center       Harris Methodist FW

                     Sharon Riley             Stan Morton             Laura Irvine          Ronald Boring
                     Trustee                  Trustee                 Trustee               Trustee
                     UT Southwestern          Presbyterian            Methodist Mansfield   Richardson Regional
                     University Hospital      Hospital of Denton      Medical Center        Medical Center

                     Doug Welch               Ernest Lynch, III      John Haupert           Patrick L. Wallace
                     Trustee                  Trustee                Ex-Officio             Ex-Officio
                     Medical Center           Medical Center         Parkland Health &      East Texas Medical
                     of Lewisville            of McKinney            Hospital System        Center Athens

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