Baylor Scott & White Health, AccentCare Forming Joint Venture

Baylor Scott & White Health has signed an agreement with Dallas-based AccentCare Inc., a nationwide post-acute healthcare provider, to establish a new home health joint venture in Dallas-Fort Worth. The joint venture plans to clinically integrate existing agencies from the hospital and AccentCare so the hospital has more ability to provide in-home care for patients, Baylor Scott & White Health says. The joint venture will combine four existing agencies from Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health and six from AccentCare. AccentCare will manage all operations. Currently, AccentCare owns more than 130 home health and hospice locations in 11 states. Baylor… Full Story

Cook Children’s First Named North Texas NICU to Receive Level IV Designation

Cook Children’s Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit is the first named NICU in North Texas to receive a Level IV designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The recognition came as the result of House Bill 15 of the 83rd Texas Legislature. A Level IV center is the highest level of neonatal care that can be provided to critically ill infants. Cook’s designation marks the beginning of a DSHS initiative to develop criteria for ranking levels of neonatal and maternal care, given the absence of state-led standards. Specific requirements must be met for each of the four… Full Story

Texas Health Dallas Receives Designation for Comprehensive Stroke Center

Texas Health Dallas has been recognized for its certification as a comprehensive stroke center, and specifically for how the hospital has invested funds to improve how it responds to, cares for, and helps patients recover from strokes. The Det Norske Veritas certification is one of the highest certifications a U.S. hospital can achieve in the comprehensive-stroke arena. Currently, 45 hospitals in the nation hold this distinction. Texas Health Dallas is one of six hospitals in North Texas with the DNV certification. The DNV program is based on standards outlined by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association. According… Full Story

Walnut Hill Medical Center Recognized for Emergency Care Excellence

The Walnut Hill Medical Center has been recognized with a “Certificate of Excellence” by HealthStream Inc., a Nashville, Tenn.-based organization delivering research solutions to approximately 4.5 million healthcare providers and employees in the U.S. WHMC was recognized for attaining an overall rating score for hospital emergency department patient satisfaction at the 98th percentile from October to December 2016. Located in Dallas, WHMC is a 100-bed, acute-care hospital that opened in 2014. The following year, WHMC was the only hospital in Texas to receive an “Excellence through Insight” award for the overall emergency department patient experience for medium-sized hospitals by HealthStream.… Full Story