Texas Health Plano Receives Level IV NICU Designation

The neonatal intensive care unit at Texas Health Plano earned a Level IV designation from the state, the highest level a NICU can attain. It’s the first within Texas Health Resources and in Collin County to get pegged as a Level IV. The hospital joins NICUs at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth as the other Dallas-Fort Worth facilities to earn the designation. Cook Children’s became the first about a year ago, after a law passed by the Texas Legislature put the criteria in place. Every NICU in Texas that wants to be… Full Story

Parkland Set to Bring Video Interpretation In-House

Parkland Health and Hospital System will hire as many as 80 in-house, full-time employees to serve the bulk of its interpretation needs, an “insourcing” decision the system says will save more than $1 million. The county hospital has been plugged into a video interpreter network for the last five years. Patients with a language barrier speak to providers via out-of-county interpreters on a screen. Many of them were based at their homes in Guatemala or Mexico, the system says. The video part won’t change under Parkland’s new plan. Meredith Stegall, Parkland’s director of language services, says that when her team… Full Story

UTSW Tests 200,000 Chemicals on Lung Cancer Cells, Finds 170 Candidates for Development

UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center has completed a five-year project during which researchers tested more than 200,000 chemical compounds on lung cancer lines. The early results showed 170 potential candidates for development into drug therapies for what is the most common cause of cancer death, according to the National Cancer Institute. Researchers were after chemicals that would kill cancer cells without harming normal lung cells. The research was unique in that it began with the compounds, UT Southwestern says. “Almost all cancer research is gene-first, or target-first,” says Dr. Michael Roth, a professor of biochemistry and member of the Simmons… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White Physician Who Led Uterine Transplant Trial Named One of Time’s 100 Most Influential People

Dr. Giuliano Testa, the Baylor Scott & White Health doctor who led the clinical trial that delivered the first two uterine transplant babies in the U.S., has been named to the Time 100, which features Time’s selections for the most influential people of 2018. Testa is the chief of abdominal transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and the principal investigator of the uterine transplant clinical trial. The first baby was born to a mother with a transplanted uterus in November; the second was in February. The mother of the first baby, who has chosen to remain anonymous, penned… Full Story

Deal for Former Parkland Campus Falls Through

Well, this came as a surprise in the inbox when I returned from lunch. Parkland Health & Hospital System says in a statement that they will remarket the former Parkland campus after the deal with the previous buyer fell through. The statement, which comes from Michael Malaise, Parkland’s SVP for community and external relations, says Dreien Opportunities LLC was unable to “complete and close the necessary financing within the time frame required under the purchase agreement.” The deadline was April 17, and it came and went. Here’s Malaise’s full statement: Parkland has been notified that Dreien Opportunities LLC, who had… Full Story

Irving-based Christus Health Gets Good News From Moody’s As Its Good Shepherd Turnaround Continues

In early 2017, Christus Health System finalized a deal to bring Longview-based Good Shepherd Health System under its direction. Late last week, the Irving-based not-for-profit’s efforts to turnaround Good Shepherd were recognized by Moody’s Investor Service. Moody’s raised Good Shepherd’s bond rating by four notches, from Caa1 to Ba3. Under the new rating, Moody’s says the hospital’s bonds have speculative elements and are subject to substantial credit risk. The old rating had the bonds judged to be of poor standing and subject to very high credit risk. Why the change? Well, Moody’s is high on the new ownership from Christus,… Full Story

Read this D Magazine Feature on Deep Brain Stimulation

If you’re like me—and you’re not, because you’re a doctor or nurse or something else brilliant—you’ll be surprised to hear that it’s actually possible and at times advisable for a surgeon to drill a hole in a person’s head while that person is still fully awake. I am still astonished by that little factoid. It’s one of many that made reporting this feature for D Magazine so fun. To accompany the magazine’s Collin County Doctors series—view the best of them, as selected by their peers, here—I wrote about deep brain stimulation, a procedure once tagged by Smithsonian as “the most… Full Story

Texas Health Data Breach Impacted About 4,000 Patients

Texas Health Resources suffered a data breach in October that impacted about 4,000 patients, the system said this week. Hackers gained access to Texas Health emails that included details like patient names, medical record numbers, dates of birth, addresses, insurance information, clinical information, and in some instances social security numbers as well as driver’s licenses and state ID numbers. Arlington-based Texas Health was notified of the breach by law enforcement on Jan. 17 but hadn’t been given the green light to notify patients until last week. Authorities at times will ask that businesses wait on notifying impacted customers if an… Full Story

DFW Grabs the Top Two Spots on Fortune’s Best Workplaces List for Healthcare

Texas Health Resources again finds itself on top of Fortune’s best workplaces list in the “Health Care and Biopharma” category, marking the fourth year in a row that the Arlington-based system has grabbed the top spot. Encompass Home Health & Hospice, which has its headquarters in Dallas, came in at No. 2. Encompass has 8,453 U.S. employees. Fortune’s annual list is a pretty significant undertaking—more than 95,000 U.S. employees provided input for the Health Care and Biopharma list this year. In addition to the top two spots, North Texas was represented at No. 26 by the Dallas-based American Heart Association… Full Story

Baylor University Medical Center, Texas Oncology Introduce Car-T Therapy

Baylor University Medical Center and Texas Oncology are the first in North Texas to offer one of the two FDA-approved CAR-T cell therapies. The specific treatment, known as Yescarta, is geared toward diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. CAR-T (Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cell therapy) is a cancer treatment in which a patient’s immune cells are removed from the body, genetically re-engineered, and then put back into the body so that they can attack the cancer. At BUMC, it will be used on adult patients who have not responded to other treatments or who have relapsed after two other kinds of treatment,… Full Story