Texas Health Frisco Will Open Acute-Care Hospital in 2019

Texas Health Resources announced it will build an 80-bed, acute-care hospital in Frisco. The city and its zoning commission approved the preliminary site plans last week. The hospital is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2019. The hospital is one part of a 20-acre project by Texas Health. The hospital building will be 325,000 square feet and include a 24/7 emergency room, surgical services, women’s services, and a neonatal intensive care unit. In addition, a 120,000-square-foot medical office building on the site will house primary care practices and a multi-specialty clinic. Financial terms of the project have not… Full Story

New Baylor Scott & White CEO: ‘My Transition’s Going a Lot Better’ than Donald Trump’s

Making one of his first public appearances as the new president and CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, James M. Hinton told members of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation board Tuesday that his transition is going “a lot better” than Donald Trump’s. “None of my appointees have resigned, and I don’t tweet at night,” Hinton said with a smile. Hinton took the reins at Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White last month, succeeding Joel Allison, the system’s longtime president and CEO. Previously, Hinton served as president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a private, not-for-profit healthcare system in New… Full Story

Christus Health Expands, Opens New Hospital in South Tyler

Christus Health is expanding in Northeast Texas, announcing that its Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System-South Tyler will be open to the public later this week. The project was announced in May 2015 and broke ground in December 2015. Christus Mother Frances Hospital-South Tyler is a state-of-the-art, 41,200-square-foot hospital that includes a 24/7 emergency room, eight in-patient beds, on-site imaging and lab services, and five surgical suites. According to Chris Glenney, COO of Christus Mother Frances Health System-Tyler, the new facility will “alleviate pressure put on the current emergency care center” in Tyler. Today, Christus Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler handles “almost… Full Story

Two DFW Hospitals Make Best Organ Transplant Outcomes List

Two Dallas–Fort Worth hospitals, Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth and Methodist Dallas Medical Center, made the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients list for the highest-rated organ transplant adult patient outcomes for 2016. According the United Network for Organ Sharing, the U.S. hit a record high last year for the number of organ transplants performed, with 33,606 conducted. The SRTR assessed transplant patient outcome data collected from other organizations and compiled a list of centers with the best outcomes that perform liver, heart, lung, kidney, and kidney-pancreas transplants. The registry says it uses a risk-adjusted assessment to determine how often… Full Story

Children’s Health Pays $3.2 Million in HHS Fines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, fined the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas $3.2 million for failing to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 based on its “impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health insurance information” and non-compliance on multiple occasions. The HHS OCR issued a notice of proposed determination, which included instruction for how Children’s Health could file a request for a hearing. Children’s Health did not request a hearing and opted to pay the full $3.2 million. The Children’s Health fine is based on its disclosure of electronic… Full Story

Love: Looking Ahead, Let’s ‘Swim in Circles’ to Solve Our Healthcare Challenges

As we begin 2017, I feel we should look at some federal, state and local initiatives that can benefit the health of Texans. The permanent Medicaid 1115 waiver, state Medicaid funding, trauma funding, and the expansion of telehealth are priorities that, if adopted in a bipartisan manner, will benefit millions of Texans. Full Story