‘Blue Zone’ Project May Be Heading to Fort Worth

Fort Worth could become the nation’s largest Blue Zones urban project, designed to improve community health using methods based on the best-selling book of the same name. Officials from Franklin, Tenn.-based Healthways will be meeting with community stakeholders over the next two weeks to determine whether there is sufficient commitment to launch the project. If selected, Fort Worth would receive assistance from experts to develop and implement a plan to make environmental, social and policy changes that encourage healthier behavior. Local restaurants would be guided to offer healthier food choices, and the city would invest in walking and cycling paths… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.13.12)

The Red Cross has launched its Young Professionals Auxiliary for volunteers ages 21-30 in Dallas.

The American Hospital Association reports that up to 766,000 healthcare and related jobs could be lost by 2021 as a result of the 2 percent sequester of Medicare spending.

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has announced a $67 million expansion to its Sierra Providence East Medical Center in El Paso.

All 12 Baylor Health System facilities are eliminating sugar-sweetened sodas and unhealthy snacks from on-site cafés and vending machines, with hopes of setting a healthy example for visitors. Full Story

Red Cross Launches Young Professionals Group in Dallas

The Red Cross has officially launched its Young Professionals Auxiliary (YPA) for volunteers ages 21-30 in Dallas. The American Red Cross DFW’s Young Professionals Auxiliary aims to help the organization care for people and help prevent emergencies when possible in North Texas. Major influencers and mentors to the Young Professionals Auxiliary include both the American Red Cross North Texas Region’s Board and Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders members. The philanthropic group will offer chances for members to volunteer throughout the year. The YPA’s president for 2012 is Caroline Hurley, senior marketing coordinator for SRS Real Estate Partners. Board members… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.21.12)

Planned Parenthood to use $3 million donations after Komen flap for new breast health initiative. UT Southwestern named the official healthcare team of the Dallas Stars. Ten social media tips for docs. Drugmakers use coupons to fight generics.  

Planned Parenthood Consolidates North and Central Texas Affiliates into Dallas Office

By the end of this month, Planned Parenthood will consolidate its Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and Waco offices into one North Texas location. The boards of directors approved the merger in April. The Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region (Austin), Planned Parenthood of Central Texas (Waco) and Planned Parenthood of North Texas (DFW) will cease to exist Aug. 31. The name of the merged organization will be Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT). It plans to serve more than 120,000 Texans in North and Central Texas in its 29 health centers, and become one of the largest nonprofit women’s health… Full Story

Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s President Resigns; CEO Brinker to Shift Roles

Dallas-based Susan G. Komen for the Cure is seeing big changes at the top of its organizational chart. Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker will become chair of the group’s board executive committee, once a new CEO is named, and Liz Johnson, president, has announced her resignation, effective next month. Additionally, Brenda Lauderback and Linda Law are stepping down as board members. A process for nominating replacements—and for adding a second affiliate network representative to the board—is under way. Thompson said in a statement that she’s confident in the infrastructure and tenure she helped build during her four-year tenure at… Full Story

Economic Impact of Healthcare in DFW

We all interact with the healthcare system. Individuals stop in at their doctor’s office for an annual physical or visit the pharmacy for a prescription refill. Business executives calculate and deduct the cost of care for employees from their budgets. And for more than 600,000 people in the North Texas region, interacting with the healthcare system means going to work each day to provide care and products for the region’s 6.5 million residents. Healthcare is a big business in North Texas. The industry makes up about 15 percent of the local economy—some $52 billion in gross metro product is created… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.23.12)

Texas’ new privacy law is more stringent than HIPAA, says the Texas Medical Association. UT Southwestern releases new strategies for treating Type 2 diabetes. Claimsnet.com Inc., a Dallas-based claims processor for the healthcare industry, reported its 2nd quarter results. SP Express will operate Mannatech’s Dallas based distribution center. State’s HHS Commissioner Tom Suehs explains why he thinks the Medicaid expansion won’t work for Texas.  

Morning Rounds (07.17.12)

Texas Health Resources has implemented 3D technology for mammograms.   Dallas-based Aprima Medical Software has released an app that helps doctors manage their appointments, look up patient information, review patient visits, check and respond to messages, and other tasks. Seniors Helping Seniors, a non-medical home care company for senior citizens—with all work provided by seniors—is opening  a new location in Denton County.   The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has created a website with an interactive map to assist people searching for heart disease and stroke care.   Irving-based The LaSalle Group plans to build a memory care assisted-living community that will… Full Story