Three Dallas-Fort Worth Groups Up For Aetna “Voices of Health” Grants

Three Dallas-Fort Worth area groups are among 33 finalists in Aetna’s “Voices of Health” campaign, a project aimed at improving the well-being and health of communities nationwide. Dayspring Family Church Summer Feeding Program (Irving), Cowtown Marathon–C.A.L.F. (Fort Worth), and Anita M. Martinez Ballet Folklorico (Dallas) are all finalists for the annual competition, which awards $30,000 to the group that gets the most online votes and $20,000 to the second-place finisher. Aetna created the campaign in 2011 to honor groups that share its goals of closing racial and ethnic health care inequality gaps, and helping people live healthier lives. More than 1.3 million votes… Full Story

Hillcrest Foundation Awards $500,000 to Methodist Health for New Trauma Center

The Hillcrest Foundation has donated a $500,000 grant to support the new Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. The foundation has awarded 26 gifts to Methodist since 1979, totaling more than $2.8 million. “Methodist Health System Foundation is sincerely appreciative to Hillcrest Foundation for their many years of generous support,” said Methodist Health System Foundation president and CEO April Box Chamberlain. “Their recent gift is meaningful to the future of Dallas to ensure that emergency and lifesaving trauma care will be available to serve the needs of all Dallas residents.” The $20 million BrightER campaign,… Full Story

Bryan’s House Receives $100,000 for Special Needs Health Program

Bryan’s House, a nonprofit that provides healthcare and educational care for children with special health needs, received a $100,000 grant from The Rees-Jones Foundation. The grant will support the Medically Managed Child Care Program, which provides early childhood education and on-site nursing services for low-income children who are prevented from attending traditional programs because of medical and developmental challenges. The Rees-Foundation is dedicated to supporting the disadvantaged, providing relief for the suffering, and promoting childrens’ growth and well-being. “The Rees-Jones Foundation has helped so many in the Dallas community with its generous funding of many excellent programs through the years,”… Full Story

Methodist Receives Record Grant From Susan G. Komen

The Methodist Health System Foundation’s efforts to fight breast cancer has received a boost with the largest grant to date from the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Dallas arm—a $461,792 award to be used for no-cost mammograms for low-income women. “This grant not only provides us the opportunity to serve more local women, it’s also an affirmation of the work we’re currently doing in the fight against breast cancer,” said Methodist Dallas Medical Center cancer program supervisor Charla Gauthier. As part of the grant, the Methodist Foundation received an additional $17,000 through a partnership between Susan G. Komen and Walgreens. Beginning in… Full Story

‘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