A RealPoints story from earlier today reminds me to tell you about D Healthcare Daily, a news and information site that will make its debut in mid-July. If you’re interested in medical real estate—or in North Texas healthcare news in general—you won’t want to miss it.
After the success of RealPoints, we began looking for other news “verticals” to produce. The $52 billion local healthcare industry was an obvious choice. And veteran journalist Steve Jacob was an obvious editor.
Steve is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Healthcare in 2020: Where Uncertain Reform, Bad Habits, Too Few Doctors, and Skyrocketing Costs Are Taking Us. He previously was a publisher with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where his healthcare columns were distributed nationally by the McClatchy Tribune News Service. Steve serves as an adjunct faculty member at UNT’s School of Public Health, and he holds three master’s degrees: in journalism, business administration, and health policy and management.
In other words, he knows what he’s talking about.
Steve will be supported by the D CEO editorial team, other D Magazine Partners journalists, and more than 60 contributing editors. The daily site will be modeled after an enhanced version of RealPoints and generate three weekly e-newsletters: D Healthcare Digest, D Healthcare MD (specifically for physicians), and D Healthcare PM (specifically for practice managers). To make sure you’re on the list, sign up for your free e-newsletter here.
I asked Steve to share his thoughts on the vision for D Healthcare Daily. Here’s what he had to say:
“Not many grasp how dominant healthcare is in Dallas-Fort Worth. Seventeen cents of every dollar is spent on it locally. The sector employs more than 600,000 North Texans, and the workforce is growing faster than in any other sector.
“Healthcare will change significantly by the end of the decade—how it will be paid for, how it will be delivered, and the degree to which employers and government will be willing to underwrite it. This story demands to be covered, and traditional media have been reluctant to devote the necessary resources and expertise to do so. That is a void D Healthcare Daily intends to fill.”
As part of the planning process, we’ve had the guidance and support of an incredible Advisory Council—see a full list of members at the end of this post—and four key partners: the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Health Industry Council, the DFW Hospital Council, and the DFW Business Group on Health.
With its exclusive focus on the business of healthcare in North Texas, D Healthcare Daily will serve and unite three core audience groups: professionals in healthcare and a broad range of affiliated industries (real estate, professional services, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, technology, private equity, etc.); corporate benefits decision-makers, wellness companies, and insurers; and physicians and practice managers.
D Magazine Partners has access to this deep audience through D CEO magazine and D’s line of medical directories, which provide information on more than 9,000 North Texas doctors and dentists.
If you’re involved in medical real estate—or if you have news tips or questions about D Healthcare Daily, please contact Assistant Editor Jessica Melton at email@example.com.
(Scroll down for more photos from the Advisory Council breakfast; click on images for a larger view.)
D Healthcare Daily Advisory Council
Joel Allison, president and CEO, Baylor Healthcare System
Lola Chriss, manager of health benefits, Texas Instruments
Dr. Tyler Cooper, CEO, Cooper Aerobics Enterprises
Robert Earley, president and CEO, JPS Health Network
Cathy Eddy, president, Health Plan Alliance
Cyndie Ewert, director of benefits and HR services, Energy Future Holdings
Douglas D. Hawthorne, CEO, Texas Health Resources
Jonathan Henderson, partner, Polsinelli Shughart
Ralph Holmes, president, Aetna Health Inc. of Texas
Sandy Lutz, managing director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Ken Malcolmson, CEO, West Central region, Humana Inc.
Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, vice president and chief medical officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Bruce Sammis, CEO, Lockton Dunning Benefits
Scott Seale, vice president of benefits, Neiman Marcus Group
Dr. Cynthia Sherry, president-elect, Dallas County Medical Society
Hubert Zajicek, managing director of medical technology, North Texas Enterprise Center
Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health—Marianne Fazen, Ph.D., executive director
Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council—W. Stephen Love, president and CEO
Dallas Regional Chamber—Sarah Carabias-Rush, managing director of industry clusters
The Health Industry Council—Russ Williamson, president and CEO; and Leslie Casey, vice president