Houston Innovators Podcast Episode 11 highlights Roberta Schwartz, the executive vice president and chief innovation officer for Houston Methodist. She is among the group that organized to create what is now the Center for Innovation within the hospital system. In her role at Houston Methodist, Schwartz hopes to help cultivate new avenues of innovation within health care. She discussed these new technologies in a recent podcast linked on Innovationmap.com.
In an effort to serve more members of the community, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare announced in December that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett and Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis. According to the Press Release, the transaction is expected to be completed in 2020.
Matt Zuino, with 20 years of experience in health system operations and physician integration leadership, has been named Baptist Health of Northeast Florida’s new executive vice president and chief operating officer. Zuino’s new role give him oversight for hospital and ambulatory operations across the North Florida and South Georgia region. The Press Release indicates Brett McClung, President and CEO of Baptist Health said, “Matt’s experience aligns precisely with our vision for the future.”
Nationally the demand for physicians continues to grow faster than the supply and in rural states, like Arkansas, it’s even more significant. In an effort to keep academically prepared residents in the state, Baptist Health and University of Arkansas Medical School have teamed up to combat the issue. The new medical office building will house the new Medical Education program increasing the number of residency spots. As reported by THV11, CBS, statistics show that about 75 percent of residents will stay within 75 miles of where they trained.