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D CEO Healthcare 2020: Editors’ Picks

Enjoy some of our top coverage, from medical marijuana and healthcare design to the nation's top hospital.
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The healthcare business in North Texas is still in the midst of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, but even amid a deadly disease ebbing and flowing through the region, the industry continued to persevere, excel, and innovate. Below, find some of our editors’ picks of their favorite healthcare coverage of the year.

The year began with a profile of Axxess’ John Olajide, who was about to begin his term as chairman of the Dallas Regional Chamber. He pursued a computer science degree after arriving in North Texas from Nigeria, and soon began helping his aunt with her home health business by providing tech solutions. He went on to found the nation’s leading home health software company, which continues to grow. Read more here.

Texas is not known for being a progressive state when it comes to marijuana legalization, but a law passed in the last legislative section has expanded the number of diagnoses that are able to be addressed with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Local growers, processors, and retailers are poised to take advantage of what is already a growth industry that is helping more and more patients. Learn more here.

Tenet Healthcare has outperformed expectations since CEO Ron Rittenmeyer took over in 2018. Rittenemeyer’s storied career has seen him turn around several companies in a number of industries, and his influence on one of the largest hospital systems in the country is being felt as it deals with the impact of the recession. Learn more about the leader of one DFW’s largest companies here.

COVID-19 has touched every industry, but perhaps none as much as healthcare design. Healthcare facilities have had to add wings, increase and decrease capacity, rearrange workflow, and create new sterilization processes quickly and effectively. DFW is home to some of the top healthcare designers in the country, and we checked in with them about what has changed in 2020.

Dallas-Fort Worth is home to the No. 1 and No. 9 hospitals in the nation, but they are not the names you might expect. JPS in Fort Worth and Parkland in Dallas were ranked in the top in the nation when it comes to hospitals that provide top quality care while lowering barriers to access. Learn more about what makes these facilities so highly ranked in our Excellence in Healthcare feature.