Accolades (07.23.12)

PEOPLE State Sen. Florence Shapiro was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Public Service Award by Texas Health Resources. COMPANIES Texas Health Resources received the 2012 Most Wired Innovator Award from Hospital & Health Networks magazine for its use of social media tools in the prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The system also made the publication’s Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems list. UT Southwestern named 29th best university in the world by the Center for World University Rankings. Texas Health Resources was named a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate by Computerworld magazine for its use of electric health record alerts to reduce the incidence of blood… Full Story

Methodist Health System’s Accountable Care Organization Will Be DFW’s Second

Methodist Patient Centered ACO, quarterbacked by the Dallas-based Methodist Health System, is one of 89 accountable care organizations (ACOs) selected this month by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Methodist ACO is the second in Dallas-Fort Worth. Texas Health Resources (THR) and North Texas Specialty Physicians were selected in December to participate in Medicare’s Pioneer ACO Model. An ACO is a network of healthcare providers willing to be accountable for achieving measurable quality improvements and reduced spending for a defined Medicare population. In exchange, an ACO would share the savings with Medicare. The government hopes the model… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.16.12)

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has been certified as primary stroke center.   A 22,074-square-foot medical/dental complex at 3232 Broadway in Garland will be auctioned off on Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. The three-building complex sits on a 3-acre lot and has space for 13 practices and 163 parking spaces.   Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has become one of the first facilities in North Texas to support the American Orthopedic Association’s “Own the Bone” program, which aims to decrease the rising number of fragility fractures in America.   Methodist Health System will participate in the Medicare Shared Savings program and… Full Story

Meet the CEO: Bruce Sammis, Lockton Dunning

What kind of CEO is Bruce Sammis? The kind that holds onto good advice for 23 years. When Sammis was working for Cigna Healthcare in the 1980s, he found himself at the helm of a huge project. “I was put in charge way before I was ready,” he says. “I tried to fix everything from Day One.” A higher-up in the company gave Sammis advice that has since become a guiding tenet in his life. “He told me that when people ask how things are going, they want to hear the words, ‘Never better,’ not something negative,” Sammis says. “To… Full Story

Life Expectancy By County

Life expectancy grew in two decades by more than seven years for Collin County men and about half that much for Collin County women. A recent report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) found that the county closed the life-expectancy gap with the nation’s highest rate from about eight years in 1989 to about one year in 2009. The nation’s highest life expectancy for men is Marin County, CA, at 81.6 years. Collin County men are not far behind at 80.5 years. The County Health Rankings, prepared by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, ranked Collin… Full Story