North Texas Hospitals Participating in Workforce Planning Initiative

Educational event for area hospitals scheduled for Jan. 27 at the Marriott Las Colinas

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation (DFWHC Foundation) and OrcaEyes, developer of SonarVision Workforce Planning and Intelligence Software, announced today a partnership to work with North Texas hospitals and hospital systems to assist with future workforce needs. Baylor Health Care System, HCA of North Texas and Texas Health Resources are the first to participate in the Workforce Planning Initiative. An educational event for area hospitals is scheduled Jan. 27 from 1-3 p.m. at the Marriott Las Colinas Hotel in Irving.

The partnership between the DFWHC Foundation and OrcaEyes unites healthcare leaders with experts in workforce planning and analytics technology. The goal is to work with North Texas hospitals so the DFWHC Foundation can aggregate regional data to identify trends and apply benchmarks. This process will assist in defining workforce risks for hospitals.

"North Texas hospitals are setting a precedent in understanding healthcare needs. With this knowledge, they can manage staffing more effectively and make recommendations to educational institutions," said Kristin Jenkins, president of the DFWHC Foundation. "Our goal is to insure we have the right workforce at the right time to provide the best possible care for patients."

OrcaEyes' SonarVision software pulls together workforce and business data to help organizations understand the risks and opportunities of workforce dynamics. "We are excited to be selected for this project," said Dan Hilbert, president of OrcaEyes. "We believe this will help hospitals recognize trends and predict staffing needs. In addition to supporting these healthcare leaders, this project will be the first to accurately forecast positional needs and skill sets so educational and government resources are aligned to meet U.S. demands."

The Jan. 27 event will feature keynote speaker Bernard Weinstein, associate director of the Maguire Energy Institute, discussing the local outlook for healthcare demand and delivery. A panel featuring Neil McCormick, general manager of Talent2, Dr. Jac Fitzenz, author and founder of the Saratoga Institute, and Master Burnett, Managing Director for Dr. John Sullivan, will discuss how healthcare can use metric tools to drive workforce performance.

OrcaEyes was founded in 2007 with a focus on providing valuable and innovative tools to companies to increase operational performance by way of the workforce. The Austin-based company is leading the charge in helping executives and boards of directors partner with human resources to achieve higher earnings, mitigate risk and drive shareholder value. The

DFWHC Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 public charity with a mission 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.