Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital Supports Expanded Approval for Medtronic’s Catheter

Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital publicly announced its support for a catheter developed by Medtronic. The Freezor Xtra Cryoablation catheter was approved by the Food and Drug Administration Thursday to treat patients with atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia, commonly known as abnormal heart rhythm. “The expanded indication for this catheter will allow more patients to benefit from a safe and effective therapy that can prevent heart racing, and allow them to get back to their normal activities,” Peter Wells, MD, a heart rhythm physician at Baylor, said in a statement. The Freezor Xtra Catheter is a flexible, single-use device that freezes… Full Story

Texas Health Frisco Will Open Acute-Care Hospital in 2019

Texas Health Resources announced it will build an 80-bed, acute-care hospital in Frisco. The city and its zoning commission approved the preliminary site plans last week. The hospital is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2019. The hospital is one part of a 20-acre project by Texas Health. The hospital building will be 325,000 square feet and include a 24/7 emergency room, surgical services, women’s services, and a neonatal intensive care unit. In addition, a 120,000-square-foot medical office building on the site will house primary care practices and a multi-specialty clinic. Financial terms of the project have not… Full Story

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Richardson Names New CEO

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Richardson has named Brent Yates, MHA, OTD, as its new CEO. Yates assumed the role on Feb. 13 and will replace Jim Ransom. In his new position, Yates oversees day-to-day operations and supervises quality and care at the in-patient rehabilitation hospital, which treats major illnesses and injuries including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and orthopedic injuries. Before joining HealthSouth Richardson, Yates served as the director of an in-patient rehabilitation facility in Cookeville, Tennessee. Frank Brown, president of the southwest region of HealthSouth, says Yates’ clinical knowledge and experience as an occupational therapist will be beneficial… Full Story

Christus Health Expands, Opens New Hospital in South Tyler

Christus Health is expanding in Northeast Texas, announcing that its Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System-South Tyler will be open to the public later this week. The project was announced in May 2015 and broke ground in December 2015. Christus Mother Frances Hospital-South Tyler is a state-of-the-art, 41,200-square-foot hospital that includes a 24/7 emergency room, eight in-patient beds, on-site imaging and lab services, and five surgical suites. According to Chris Glenney, COO of Christus Mother Frances Health System-Tyler, the new facility will “alleviate pressure put on the current emergency care center” in Tyler. Today, Christus Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler handles “almost… Full Story

Texas American Indian Leader Applauds NIH Tribal Health Appointment

NIH has appointed Dr. David R. Wilson as the first director of the NIH Tribal Health Research Office to coordinate American Indian and Alaska Native health research. The office organizes NIH research related to the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives across the NIH institutes, centers, and offices. NIH created the office to recognize the importance of meaningful input from and collaboration with tribal nations on NIH programs and policies. The THR office aligns with NIH guidelines on the implementation of the HHS Tribal Consultation Policy that describes how NIH will consult and share information with Indian tribes about… Full Story

Senator Proceeding With New Texas Telemedicine Rules

Texas may be on the road to revising its telemedicine regulations, with Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) saying he would sponsor a bill that “eliminates the requirement for physicians to meet with patients in-person before using telehealth services.” Texas is one of the last states in the country to mandate that an in-person physician and patient relationship must be established before telehealth services can be used. According to mHealth Intelligence, a compromise bill is reported to be heading to the Legislature to eliminate this requirement. “I think we will have a bill very soon,” Schwertner told the Houston Chronicle. Texas’ telemedicine battle… Full Story