After Investigation On Houston’s St. Luke’s, A Look At How DFW Heart Transplant Centers Stack Up

The once renowned heart transplant program at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston has seen its performance slip in recent years, to the detriment of its patients, the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica report. The publications teamed up on a deep dive into the center’s sinking survival metrics. The nut ‘graph: But in recent years, the famed program has performed an outsized number of transplants resulting in deaths or unusual complications, has lost several top physicians and has scaled back its ambition for treating high-risk patients, all the while marketing itself based on its storied past, an investigation by the… Full Story

Moody Foundation Gives $15M Toward Creating Moody Breast Health Center at Parkland

The Moody Foundation has contributed a lead gift toward efforts to create a new breast health center at Parkland health and Hospital System. The foundation added $15 million to the pot, bringing Parkland to about $30 million of its $40 million goal. The center will be named the Moody Breast Health Center at Parkland. Parkland treats about 20 percent of the breast cancer cases in Dallas County, and the cases tend to involve patients that are younger and diagnosed at later stages of the cancer. The hospital provides breast health services for 30,000 people, diagnosing and treating 400 breast cancer… Full Story

BUMC Transplant Surgeon Joins Southwest Transplant Alliance as Associate Medical Director

The Southwest Transplant Alliance snapped up a former Baylor University Medical Center Surgeon to serve on its organ procurement team. Dr. Tiffany Anthony will be Dallas-based STA’s associate medical director and an organ procurement surgeon. She specialized in liver and kidney transplants as a transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon for a decade at BUMC. She also directed the robotic donor nephrectomy program for living kidney donors and was involved in the landmark uterus transplant clinical trial. Anthony did medical school and her general surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has fellowships from Yale… Full Story

Tenet Tops Among For-Profit Trend Toward Higher Revenue Per Patient

With Q1 earnings time having come and gone, Modern Healthcare on Monday took a look at a trend that emerged across first-quarter reports from the largest for-profit hospital systems: They’re making more money per patient. And among them, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. made the largest leap by that metric, growing revenue per admission by 4.1 percent during the first quarter of 2018. Tenet leadership, as MH points out, attributed that to higher acuity, particularly within its expanding sectors of cardiovascular and trauma. It says the trend is sustainable. Interestingly, the No. 2 system by growth in revenue per admission also… Full Story

Medical City, UNTHSC To Add 500 Residencies Over Seven Years

Medical City Healthcare and the UNT Health Science Center are partnering to create 500 residency positions, the two sides announced on Monday. The positions will help UNTHSC appease regulators over residency requirements as it seeks accreditation for its new medical school, a partnership with Texas Christian University. The residencies—and regulators’ requirements—address the physician shortage in Texas, a topic of increasing conversation in recent years. “As we continue to add more medical schools, there’s a need to grow more residency training slots in Texas,” says Dr. Michael Williams, UNTHSC’s president. The 500 resident positions will be developed over the next seven… Full Story

Medical City Begins $52M Construction Project at McKinney Campus

Medical City McKinney is adding beds and bolstering services with a $52 million expansion project aimed at adding behavioral health capacity at its main campus in McKinney.  The hospital broke ground this week. A new rehab and behavioral health pavilion will include: 20 inpatient rehab rooms; 80 adult and geriatric behavioral health patient rooms; an outpatient behavioral health program; an outdoor healing garden; and design elements to include a focus on natural lighting, as well as an open floor plan in common areas. This is stage one of a multi-phase expansion to Medical City McKinney, which ties into Medical City… Full Story

Methodist Recognized as One of the Most Diverse Health Systems in the Country

Methodist Health System came in at No. 2 on DiversityInc’s list of most diverse health systems and hospitals in the U.S. The yearly rankings recognize companies that commit to diversity in hiring, retaining, and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT, and veterans. They take into account recruitment, talent development, senior leadership commitment, and supplier diversity. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for Methodist. We prioritize intentional inclusion and diversity, with leadership collaboratives at each of our entities,” Methodist CEO Stephen Mansfield said in a statement. “My team and I believe diversity and intentional inclusion enhances the quality of care we… Full Story

Texas Health Announces $300M Expansion in Fort Worth, Largest Construction Project In System’s History

Texas Health Resources will target its downtown Fort Worth facility with a $300-million expansion project including a new nine-story patient tower and a modernization of its surgical services. The tower will add 144 patient beds, 15 surgical suites, and pre-operative and post-operative services areas. The changes at the hospital—its full name is Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth—register as Texas Health’s largest construction project in its history. Construction is set to start in mid-2018 and be done by late 2021. “With this new tower, we’re expanding our capacity for more complex procedures and advanced care, which lets people in… Full Story

Texas A Bottom Feeder in Commonwealth Fund’s 2018 Scorecard Rankings

Texas ranks seventh-worst in overall state health system performance among the 50 states in a new report from The Commonwealth Fund. The foundation, which exists to promote better performance from healthcare systems, particularly for the most vulnerable populations, combines more than 40 measures for its scorecard. They look at access to care, quality of care, efficiency in delivery, health outcomes, and income-based disparities. The lowest-scoring state in the report is Mississippi, followed by Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, West Virginia, Arkansas, and then Texas. Commonwealth summarized four key trends from its analysis: —Rising death rates, high levels of obesity, and gaps in… Full Story

Children’s Health Redefines Roles for Several Top Executives

Children’s Health announced a series of changes to the titles and job scopes of its executive team members, which it says will contribute to efficiency, help the system better align with its strategic priorities, and support strategic objectives that include a focus on the patient experience. There have been six changes so far—a spokesperson for the Dallas-based not-for-profit tells me a few more are on the way—so let’s take them one by one. David Berry New Title: President, System Clinical and Scientific Operations Previous Title: President of System Clinical Operations What it means: Berry will align Childrens’ clinical and scientific… Full Story