South Oak Cliff, Part of the Congressional District With Highest Uninsured Rate in U.S., Celebrates New $10 Million Clinic

According to Census data, about 37 percent of residents here were uninsured in 2014, the most recent statistics available. The congressional district of which it is a part has an uninsured rate of about 38 percent. The national rate is 10.5 percent. On Thursday, nonprofit Los Barrios Unidos celebrated opening a state-of-the-art 20,000 square-foot health clinic that will charge patients on a sliding scale based on their income. Full Story

Southwest Transplant Alliance Sets Texas Record For Organs Placed In A Month

The Southwest Transplant Alliance set a new record in October for the number of organs it recovered for transplantation for its statewide partners. In October, the nonprofit coordinated 136 organ transplants from 42 patients. Since October 1987, the most ever recovered by an OPO in Texas was 127, a record that was also set by Southwest Transplant Alliance last April. Full Story

Former Parkland CEO Ron Anderson Loses Battle With Cancer

Ron Anderson, M.D., the former CEO of Parkland Health & Hospital System, died last night at age 68 of liver cancer. His death comes just a day after the system’s board unanimously voted to name a new outpatient clinic after him and to install a statue of him in the lobby of the new Parkland Memorial Hospital. Full Story

Dallas Researchers Could Change The Way Physicians Use Data

Experts say that the future of healthcare will be determined by those who smash the silos that separate data, linking patient information to boost efficiency and slice hospital readmissions. To put it simply, the many subsets of information are separated and do not communicate. Landmark research projects in Dallas are aiming to change that reality. Full Story

Austin-based Nonprofit Honors 6 North Texas Hospitals For Quality Care Improvements

The quality care initiatives launched at six North Texas hospitals earned them a top award from the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. They were among 33 organizations that won a Gold Award, which are given to hospitals that successfully implement quality policies that improve outcomes in patient care and slice readmissions. Full Story