Study Says Treatment Guidelines, Not Patient Volume, May Be Most Important For Heart-Failure Care

It’s long been conventional wisdom in the healthcare community that patient volume at a hospital correlates with the hospital’s quality of care. For example, annual volumes for both heart failure and heart attacks are important components of the quality index used by U.S. News & World Report to rate cardiology programs for its annual “Best Hospitals” rankings. However, a new study whose lead author is an assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center indicates that, when it comes to heart failure, conventional wisdom about patient volume may not always be the case. According to the study published Monday in Circulation,… Full Story

How Erol Akdamar Runs HCA’s North Texas Division

Erok Akdamar, president of Irving-based Medical City Healthcare, runs one of the biggest U.S. divisions for HCA Healthcare, the giant, for-profit hospital company out of Nashville. Akdamar’s North Texas Division, which includes 14 hospitals, at least 4,400 physicians, and more than 17,000 employees, has bolstered its standing recently as the market’s third-ranked system, behind No. 1 Texas Health Resources and Baylor Scott & White Health, which ranks second. In this story in the January/February issue of D CEO, Akdamar talked about how he’s done it.

Tenet Hospital in Chicago Expected to Fetch $270M

Portending what could be the end of Tenet Healthcare’s presence in the Chicago market, Illinois-based Loyola Medicine has filed an application to buy Tenet’s MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. According to a report in Becker’s Hospital Review, the application with the state was filed on January 10. The paperwork said Loyola would buy the 374-bed Berwyn hospital and “certain other affiliated entities” from Dallas-based Tenet in a $270 million, all-cash deal. Tenet declined to comment on the Becker’s report. The acquisition, which was first agreed to by Loyola and Tenet in October, is expected to close on March 1. Loyola… Full Story

Equine Therapy Program Helps Military Vets Transition to Civilian Life

Joe Lucido, a retired Army sergeant and combat veteran, sat in front of a group of about 50 people one night last week and explained how he wound up volunteering with Equest’s Hooves for Heroes group. Equest is a Dallas-based nonprofit that helps children and adults through equine-assisted activities and therapies, and Hooves is a five-year-old Equest program targeting military veterans and their families with the likes of mental-health counseling and therapeutic horsemanship. “I was not a functional individual. I needed to make progress. I was a mess when I showed up at Equest,” Lucido said. “All I knew about… Full Story

New Medical Director Named for Geriatric Behavioral Unit at Medical City North Hills

Medical City North Hills has selected Dr. Mahmoud Mohamed to be the new medical director at its 20-bed Geriatric Behavioral Unit. He succeeds Dr. Paul Schneider in the position. The GBU treats patients 55 and older who require inpatient treatment for disorders including bipolar disorder, suicidal ideation, serious depression, and schizoaffective disorders. Mohamed, who comes to the North Richland Hills hospital from Terrell State Hospital—where he will maintain his privileges—has more than 20 years of clinical practice. He’s been a faculty member at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Tyler, as well as a clinical instructor and attending psychiatrist at Harvard… Full Story

Renovations, Beautification On Tap for Six Dallas-area Senior Living Communities

Des Moines, Iowa-based Life Care Services, which recently snapped up six senior-living communities in North Texas, said it will break ground on a multimillion-dollar renovation and beautification of the properties during the first part of 2018. LCS said it will spiff up the properties’ common areas, dining venues, residential apartments, and exterior entrances and grounds. The six communities—Monticello West, Parkwood Retirement Community, Parkwood Healthcare Community, Autumn Leaves on White Rock Lake, Signature Pointe on the Lake, and Walnut Place—had been managed by LCS for several years under a variety of owners. The properties total 1,234 units and span the continuum… Full Story

Senior Finance VP at Baylor Scott & White Leaving for Colorado Job

Janie Wade, senior vice president of finance for Baylor Scott & White Health since 2013, has been hired by Broomfield, Colorado-based SCL Health as executive vice president and CFO. SCL, a $2.5 billion, faith-based provider of nonprofit healthcare services mainly in Colorado and Montana, said Wade would assume the CFO role from Lydia Jumonville, who was named SCL’s president and CEO last October. At Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White, Wade led the revenue cycle and health information management teams for 22 wholly owned and managed hospitals and clinics. She also oversaw the Baylor Health Care System’s five-year financial plan and… Full Story

Alzheimer’s Can Be Prevented and Reversed, Expert Contends

Can the cognitive decline of early Alzheimer’s disease be prevented or reversed? Dr. Dale E. Bredesen thinks so. And his 2017 book touting the thesis—”The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline”—struck such a chord, it became an Amazon and New York Times best-seller. Bredesen was in Dallas Tuesday, speaking to 125 friends and supporters of the It’s Their Time Foundation at the Dallas Country Club. It was an auspicious gathering, with guests ranging from Dr. Ken Cooper, Jill Smith, Lee Bailey, Stan Levenson, Dr. Roger Rosenberg, Dan Owen, Jimmy Westcott, Sarah Losinger, and Pete… Full Story

Dallas’ Meridian Realty Sells Senior Community in Austin

Dallas-based Meridian Realty Advisors, a real estate investment, management, and development company specializing in senior housing and other healthcare investments, has sold a post-acute skilled nursing community in Bee Cave, Texas, for an undisclosed sum. Park Manor at Bee Cave, located just north of the Hill Country Galleria along State Highway 71 in the Austin area, was sold to an unidentified buyer because Meridian “wanted to recognize the value that was created, as they were the developer,” a spokesperson said. Completed in 2014, Park Manor is a 140-bed, roughly 53,000-square-foot property about 18 miles northwest of downtown Austin. It’s the… Full Story

Changes Including Layoffs On Tap at Tenet Hospital in Detroit

Detroit Medical Center, which is owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp., has unveiled a comprehensive transformation plan, including an unspecified number of job cuts, to flatten the organization and “increase accountability and improve operations.” The plan was revealed Monday in a letter to employees from Dr. Tony Tedeschi, the medical center’s CEO. It resulted, Tedeschi wrote, from a “comprehensive market and competitive analysis over the past several months.” The chief executive cited national healthcare trends—such as declining government reimbursements—as well as the hospital’s low patient satisfaction and quality scores as reasons for the upcoming changes. Tedeschi stressed that while he’d… Full Story