Amid News That Others Like It Have Struggled, DFW’s Lone Proton Therapy Center Says It’s Viable, With Room For Growth

Coming up on three years since it first started treating patients, the Texas Center for Proton Therapy has administered proton beam therapy to 1,000 people. It’s a rate that’s kept the $105 million facility financially viable, even as it seeks to take on higher volumes moving forward, the center says. “I think patient volumes have been pretty consistent with what I was expecting coming in,” says Dr. Andrew Lee, who heads the facility. “This is not my first proton center. Just personally, I’ve been very pleased and honored to be part of the team that’s brought proton therapy to the… Full Story

No Surprise Here: Texans’ No. 1 Health Policy Priority Is Lower Cost

Texans’ number one priority when it comes to health policy issues is lowering the amount that individuals pay for healthcare. That’s according to a statewide survey out Thursday from the Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation. Of those polled, 61 percent marked that option as a “top priority” while an additional 28 percent called it “important but not a top priority.” Just beyond that: Reducing the number of women who die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth (59% top priority/30% important but not top priority), lowering the cost of prescription drugs (56%/32%), increasing access to health insurance (55%/32%), and increasing… Full Story

Medical City Plano Opens Insitute for Weight Loss Surgery

Medical City Plano on Tuesday opened The Bariatric & Metabolic Institute, which will offer surgical weight loss treatment and related services. The doors open just a week or so after Medical City Healthcare’s Frisco campus received a national accreditation related to metabolic and bariatric treatment. At 513-bed Medical City Plano, physicians will offer adjustable gastric band surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic surgery, and band to sleeve revisions. “We know that bariatric surgery is a major life decision that typically follows a long and difficult weight loss journey, which is why we’re excited for the launch of our new program,” said Charles… Full Story

Healthcare Real Estate Investment Firm Moves Into DFW

The Sanders Trust has opened an office in Dallas, as the large, Birmingham, Alabama-based healthcare real estate investor moves itself closer to booming growth in Dallas-Fort Worth and positions itself for more activity in Texas. The company has hired Michael Arvin, a former healthcare executive who served stints at Methodist Health System and Tenet Healthcare, to lead the office. The Sanders Trust has already developed a few assets in North Texas, including the Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Arlington, an inpatient rehab facility affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It also did a medical office building for Lake Granbury Medical Center. Since… Full Story

Methodist Health To Launch A ‘Concierge’ Health Service In Highland Park

Methodist Health System is launching a new “concierge”-style health center based in Highland Park. It’ll be a member-based service that, in addition to in-person care, will give patients 24/7 tele-access to physicians. Methodist Premier Wellness, as it will be called, will focus on personalized care, Methodist says. Members will get a comprehensive physical exam, blood test analysis, and nutrition and exercise counseling. Botox and chemical peels are also in the mix. More: Methodist Premier Wellness opens its doors in September and will be located at 4101 Lomo Alto Drive in Highland Park. Family medicine physician, Callie Hollenshead, MD, will launch the… Full Story

New Research Says Discouraging Continuity Of Care Could Be A Mistake

These days, thanks to the intertwined factors of regulation and consolidation, long-lasting patient-physician relationships are fewer and farther between. But recently, a few researchers have set out to quantify the positive effects of care continuity. One of those researchers is right here in Dallas. Southern Methodist University’s Vishal Ahuja, an assistant professor of operations management, looked at a massive swath of Veterans Affairs data related to Diabetes patients. He analyzed how care continuity—in other words, long-term relationships between patients and doctors—impacted hospitalizations, length of stay, and 30-day readmissions. “In all three cases, what I found was: the better the care… Full Story

UT Southwestern Surgeon Becomes Second in the U.S. To Perform New, Catheter-based Aneurysm Repair

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center became the first in Texas—and the second in the U.S.—to perform a new procedure to repair the aortic arch above the heart without opening the chest, an approach that the lead surgeon says could start to take off in the wake of his first success. In April Dr. Carlos Timaran, a vascular surgeon at UT Southwestern, performed the minimally invasive procedure on 77-year-old James Isbon, who had been suffering from an aneurysm in his aortic arch. The method requires two small neck incisions and needle-hole access in the groin. Timaran worked with cardiovascular surgeons… Full Story

Facility With Urgent Care, Primary Care, Specialists Marks New Model For Methodist Health

Methodist Health System has opened a new facility in Grand Prairie that marks a new model for the company, as systems continue to rethink their approach to the physical spaces in which they deliver care across expanding North Texas. The Methodist Convenient Care Campus combines an urgent care on the first floor with primary care on the second and specialists on the third. (Methodist has two other urgent care centers—Dallas and Mansfield—but both of those are standalone facilities.) Brass cut the ribbon on the 31,000-square-foot, $14 million facility on Thursday. Methodist Urgent Care will have extended hours and be open… Full Story

Tenet Hospital In Alabama Cleared By CMS After Prior Termination Notice

A hospital owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has been cleared by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service after receiving a termination notice last month, according to this Becker’s story citing a paywalled Birmingham Business Journal report. The hospital at question was Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, which received notice in May that it was at risk of losing its Medicare billing privileges. A survey by CMS found staff inside the psychiatric unit used inappropriate restraint methods on multiple occasions, Becker’s reported. The termination date was set for May 31, but Tenet submitted a plan of correction and CMS… Full Story

Medical City Frisco Gets National Accreditation For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The Medical City Frisco Bariatric and Metabolic Institute has been accredited under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Quality Improvement Program. The standards put a focus on creating a multidisciplinary program for bariatric surgical patients to improve long-term patient outcomes. They’re a collaboration between the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Medical City Frisco is a 54-bed acute care hospital. “This accomplishment demonstrates to our patients and community that our bariatric program meets the highest standards of care for people seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions,” Charles Gressle, CEO of… Full Story