Medical City Builds In-House Telepsych Program To Address Psychiatrist Shortage, Discharge Patients Faster

A new telepsychiatry program at Medical City Healthcare allows the North Texas system to address the region’s shortage of psychiatrists through technology. Contrary to the more commonly discussed telemedicine application, in which the patient is at home, Medical City’s telepsych brings psychiatrists to in-hospital psychiatric patients. A doctor “beams in” to consult with a patient, as Shannon Winburn-Raitt, Medical City Green Oaks’ director of behavioral health-telepsychiatry, puts it. Nurses move a robot to the patient’s bed, and psychiatrists, who often perform the consults from their own homes, can address suicide attempts, substance abuse or withdrawal, or any other behavioral health… Full Story

Texas Health Dallas Recognized For Heart Attack Treatment

Last week, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2018. The award recognizes Presby Dallas’ success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients and reaching an aggressive goal with regard to treating those patients. ACTION Registry establishes a national standard of care for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients. To receive the award, the hospital had to demonstrate achievement in ACTION Registry for four consecutive quarters and performed at the top level of standards. According to the Center for Disease… Full Story

Texas Health To Build 83-bed Hospital in Mansfield

Texas Health Resources will build an 83-bed, 195,400-square-foot hospital in Mansfield, adding a second hospital to the booming Tarrant County suburb. It will have an Emergency department, patient rooms, ICU, women’s services, a surgery center, cardiovascular care, and a pharmacy, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which had the news on Tuesday afternoon. The Startlegram says Texas Health’s plan is for a four-story hospital, with 59 beds to open by 2020 and the remaining 24—which will be on the third floor—to be finished at some point in the future. It’ll employ 300 people for starters, and Texas Health is planning… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White’s Fort Worth, Dallas Campuses Experience Baby Booms

A whopping 48 babies were born at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth during a 41-hour span from June 26 to June 28. That compares to the hospital’s average of about 15 a day (5,700 total in 2017), which already makes it the busiest labor & deliver unit within the Baylor Scott & White Health system. The facility was well-equipped for the rush, with 64 postpartum rooms and 19 L&D rooms, although it did call in extra staff. That stretch follows a previous rush at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where 42 babies entered… Full Story

Bridal Shop Suing Texas Health Over Inadequate Ebola Training Wants Texas Supreme Court To Take A Look

An Ohio bridal shop is asking the Texas Supreme Court to look at its claims against Texas Health Resources, which the business says failed to adequately educate staff during the Ebola scare in 2014, Law360 reported last week. A Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas nurse who contracted the virus visited the Akron, Ohio-based shop—Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal—between her exposure to Ebola and her diagnosis, prompting Ohio authorities to force the store’s temporary closure for an analysis and cleaning. The store reopened three weeks later, but Coming Attractions claims its reputation took a permanent hit. The store announced in early 2015… Full Story

Texas Health Alliance Designated as Level IV Trauma Center

The Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance increased its emergency department from 15 to 44 beds, and earned a Level IV trauma designation. It now has four trauma rooms, updated telemetry, and switched things around for a better patient flow, Texas Health says. The facility has also added staffing. Texas Health Alliance serves patients in Northeast Tarrant County. It’s seeing more trauma patients this year so far—about 57 per month compared to 48 a month last year. “This is an exciting time for Texas Health Alliance,” says Clint Abernathy, president of Texas Health Alliance, in a statement. “We are growing… Full Story

Children’s Health CNO Mary Stowe Talks Nursing Shortage

The nursing shortage continues to be a topic of great concern for healthcare executives across Dallas-Fort Worth and elsewhere, so I was thrilled when Children’s Health Chief Nursing Officer Mary Stowe accepted my invitation to go to lunch and talk it over. Her talent situation might be slightly different than others, she informed me, because pediatric hospitals such as Dallas-based Children’s attract so many new graduate applicants. The trick, then, is about finding the right mix. That’s a quite boiled-down version of the conversation we had for a story in the June issue of D CEO, which went online today.… Full Story

Multiple Healthcare Systems Eyeing Prospective, $250M Mesquite Medical Center

The Mesquite City Council has green-lighted a 60-acre, $250-million medical development at Interstate 635 and the Gross Road exit in Mesquite. It could bring as many as 1,800 jobs to the area. The developers are in talks with “multiple interested healthcare systems” and other providers, as the Dallas Morning News reports. They’ll partner on more than 600,000 square feet of medical space. Construction is set to begin mid-2019 on the mixed-use facility. As the DMN points out, about 2,200 people work in healthcare in Mesquite currently, so this is a huge get for the area. Find the paper’s coverage here.

Baylor University Medical Center Gets A New President

Baylor Scott & White Health named a new leader of its flagship Dallas location on Monday. Steven Newton, who’s been with the system since 2004, will become the new president of Baylor University Medical Center. Former president T. Douglas Lawson took a job in February as head of Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives’ Texas market, which includes Houston-based CHI St. Luke’s Health (the Houston Business Journal has more details there). The job has been filled on an interim basis by Scott Peek since then. Peek, chief operating officer at BUMC, will continue to serve in that role following the move. Newton… Full Story

Texas Health Physicians Group Recalibrates Leadership As Executive Departs For Cleveland Clinic

A Dallas healthcare executive who’d been serving as chief medical officer at the Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG) has left the system for the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Adam Myers had also served as chair of the Clinical Integration team pairing Arlington-based Texas Health Resources with Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center (a collaboration known as Southwestern Health Resources). He’ll be the chief of population health and director of Cleveland Clinic Community Care at the high-profile, Cleveland-based medical center. Dr. Shawn Parsley, president of THPG, is expanding his role to include chief operations officer following the move. Dr. Lynn Myers—no relation—becomes chief… Full Story