Parkland Awarded Multiple Accreditations in Ultrasound

Parkland Health & Hospital System has become the only hospital system in North Texas to score six accreditations from the Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Parkland’s Obstetrics and Gynecologic Sonography Department was awarded accreditation by the AIUM in the areas of Obstetrics; 1st through 3rd trimester; Gynecology; Adjunct in 3-D (Gyn); Fetal Echocardiography; and Adjunct Detailed Fetal Anatomic Ultrasound. Dallas-based Parkland says the accreditations mean that registered medical sonographers and expert physicians perform and review its imaging studies, resulting in a “precise, comprehensive report system” and the “highest standard” of care for patients.… Full Story

Alzheimer’s Researchers Stress The Importance of Detecting Its Earliest Signs

At a Monday evening fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, nearly 300 people got a high-level briefing on the irreversible brain disease from some of the nation’s leading researchers in the field. The event for the Triumph Over Alzheimer’s group—founded in 2017 by Leslie Ann Crozier, whose mother had been diagnosed with the disease three years earlier—included dinner, an auction, and a special symposium titled “Research ‘Rock Stars’ Take on the Myths and Realities of Alzheimer’s.” Participating in the symposium were Dr. Roger Rosenberg, director of the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center of UT Southwestern… Full Story

Freestanding Charitable Pharmacy Dispensing Free Prescription Medications in Northeast Dallas

What’s believed to be the state’s first freestanding, completely free charitable pharmacy serving the general public has opened in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood in northeast Dallas. The pharmacy, which dispenses free prescription medications to qualified, low-income residents lacking health insurance, has been accepting clients since March 17. It’s sponsored by the Dallas Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization. The 1,000-square-foot facility is located at 5750 Pineland Drive, on the second floor of the Northwest Community Center building. The center is a mission of Northwest Bible Church that aims to help and empower refugees.… Full Story

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