Lawsuit Claims Botched Anesthesia at Texas Institute for Surgery Resulted in Brain Damage

A workers’ compensation insurer is suing the Texas Institute for Surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas for a series of missteps they say led a woman to flatline after ankle surgery, resulting in brain damage. Zenith Insurance Co. is suing to recoup millions of dollars in medical and indemnity obligations made to or on behalf of Tyra Price. The lawsuit was filed Jan. 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. According to the complaint, Price works as an employee of Star Dunkin’ LP, which, from what I can tell, is affiliated with Dunkin’ Donuts. Price… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White Health Operating Income Soared in the First Half of Fiscal 2018

Baylor Scott & White Health brought in operating income of $383 million during the first half of fiscal year 2018, which lands during the second half of the calendar year. That income represents an increase of 80 percent over the same period the previous year. The numbers came out as a part of the system’s quarterly disclosure report this week. Overall, the nonprofit brought in $4.81 billion in revenue during the first half of fiscal 2018, up about 7 percent from $4.49 billion the year before. The system did note that premium revenue was down 13.5 percent for the period… Full Story

Former Children’s Health CMO, Texas Ebola ‘Czar’ Gets a Job with the HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new assistant secretary for health is a formerly Dallas-based pediatrician who did a stint as chief medical officer at Children’s Health. He also served as head of Texas’ task force on infectious Disease Preparedness and Response during the Ebola scare. The Senate confirmed Dr. Brett Giroir to the spot last week in a move that largely went unnoticed, despite Democrats previously voicing disapproval for the Trump nominee. Giroir earned his MD through UT Southwestern and later served there as a professor; a representative said he was last affiliated with the school around… Full Story

Parkland Among First in the U.S. to Debut Speedier Heart Attack Test

Parkland Health & Hospital System says a new test the hospital put into play in December can diagnose heart attacks faster and with greater precision. The Trop T-hs assay is a more sensitive version of the Trop T-hs blood test, which checks the blood for cardiac troponin, a protein released from the heart when it’s damaged. The new version has shown the ability to rule out heart attack within the first hour in about half the patients presenting with chest pain, according to the pre-implementation tests run by Parkland. The traditional test requires three to six hours. Heart attack presents… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White Health Executive Shake-up Continues as CFO Departs

Baylor Scott & White Health’s chief financial officer has resigned, throwing a vacancy into an executive suite that has seen some shake-up recently. Fred Savelsbergh left on February 1, according to a letter sent to employees by Baylor Scott & White Health President Pete McCanna. Savelsbergh had been with the company for 35 years. He was named Baylor Health Care System’s CFO in 2009 and retained the role after the merger. Savelsbergh’s resignation comes hand-in-hand with the departure of Janie Wade, who had been senior vide president of finance for Baylor Scott & White Health since 2013. She took the… Full Story

Medical City Healthcare Gets a New CMO

Medical City Healthcare has named a new chief medical officer. Dr. Miguel Benet will take the job on March 1 to provide clinical direction and collaborate with physicians, clinicians, employees, and leadership. Benet comes from Denver-based Swedish Medical Center. He was CMO of the level I trauma center. Prior to that, he was a CMO at North Suburban Medical Center in Colorado. A lot of CMO experience here. He also did his residency at Harvard Medical School before going on to practice anesthesiology. Benet takes over for Scott Robins, who is retiring after 46 years as a physician and administrator.… Full Story

UT Southwestern Selects New Leader for Clinical Operations

UT Southwestern named a leader of its patient care enterprise on Thursday, announcing cardiologist Dr. John Warner will take up the role starting March 1. Warner will be Executive Vice President for Health Systems Affairs, overseeing the UT Southwestern Medical Center’s clinical operations. The medical group delivers care to 100,000 hospitalized patients, 600,000 ER patients, and 2.2 million outpatients a year. Warner, previously one of D’s Best Doctors for cardiology, is currently serving as CEO of UT Southwestern’s University Hospitals. He is also currently president of the American Heart Association. Warner did his residency at UT Southwestern and returned in… Full Story

With Cases on the Rise, Parkland Recognizes Burn Awareness Week

In 2017, Parkland admitted more than 230 children for specialized burn treatments. More than half of them were three years old or younger. “The number of both pediatric and adult patients admitted to the burn center has steadily increased over the years along with the population growth in North Texas,” Parkland Burn Program Manager Stephanie Campbell says. “The rate of pediatric admissions has remained steady, representing about a third of our total admissions each year,” Campbell says. With burn cases on the rise, experts at Parkland, the fourth busiest pediatric burn center in the U.S., are reiterating the importance of… Full Story

Struggling Gainesville Hospital Selects Plano Management Company

The North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville will come under the management of Plano-based Community Hospital Corp. in May, NTMC board members voted last week, according to KXII-TV. In December 2016, NTMC said it was filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy and taking on new management by Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Systems. Under the agreement, UHS was to take over operations and lease five buildings on NTMC’s campus. NTMC announced that UHS would discontinue the agreement in late January. NTMC reported losing more than $650,000 a month prior to the announcement, according to KXII. NTMC and Community Hospital Corp. landed on a… Full Story

Parkland Program for Correctional Health Nurses is First of its Kind

Parkland is creating highly-skilled nurses fit specifically for the world of correctional health with a 12-week course the hospital says is the only one like it in the country. The Correctional Health Nursing Residency program, offered through Parkland’s Clinical Education department, combines classroom instruction and clinical experience with a mentor. It’s offered twice a year and trains nurses on the full spectrum of correctional health, from juvenile services to psychiatric services. Parkland took over healthcare for inmates at the Dallas County Jail in 2006. Dallas County Sheriffs Deputies are always on hand when patients are being treated, and very few… Full Story