UT Southwestern Becomes the First Center of Excellence in North Texas for Genetic Heart Disorder

UT Southwestern Medical Center has become the first hospital in North Texas to get certified as a Center of Excellence in treating Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The condition can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, abnormal heart rhythms, or sudden cardiac death, and is the most common genetic heart condition. Only about 30 centers nationwide have been certified as Centers of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. UT San Antonio is the only other HCM Center of Excellence in the state. HCM leads to a thickening of the heart muscle and is usually, but not always, inherited from family members who had… Full Story

Plans For the Former Parkland Complex Are Taking Shape

Over at D CEO, Senior Editor and real estate whiz Julia Bunch has an update on Sam Ware’s thoughts for the former Parkland hospital complex. The Dreien Opportunity Partners CEO, who’s in the final stages of securing the property, is keeping with his vision for a mix of housing, senior housing, and “micro” apartments for medical personnel. There’s also a conference center in the works as well as retail space with healthy food and craft coffee options, and a potential food hall. Count me in for a visit. Read Julia’s story here.

DFW Healthcare Professionals Take A Course On Active Shooters and Assault

Healthcare workers suffer half of all workplace assaults, and about 80 percent of them come from the patients they’re caring for. Those statistics formed the basis for one-half of a healthcare seminar Wednesday at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where about 150 industry professionals gathered to hear best practices related to workplace violence and the presence of an active shooter. The DFW Hospital Council put on the event. A major takeaway: Being proactive and staying prepared are key. With regard to workplace violence, employers should do their best to keep stress levels low in the workplace, said Art… Full Story

East Texas Medical Center To Rebrand Under UT System After Being Acquired by Nashville Operator

The East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System will become UT Health East Texas. The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the rebrand and a $35 million investment last week, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported. Nashville-based operator Ardent Health Services took majority ownership of ETMC in September, pledging a $150 million investment in a deal that also brought on UT System to create what they’re calling a new health care system. Ardent will run all the hospitals and clinics, which includes 502-bed East Texas Medical Center Tyler and nine other hospitals. UT will be able to expand its… Full Story

Not Just Timberlawn: Report Finds Major Safety Incidents At Other DFW Psych Hospitals

Timberlawn isn’t the only psychiatric hospital to have seen major safety incidents over the last half decade, according to an investigation published Sunday by The Dallas Morning News. The News dug into inspection records and lawsuits dating back to 2011. It reports that about half the psych hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth have had a major safety incident during that timeframe, defining the parameters of that distinction with three main events: “a suicide or significant attempt; a report of unwanted sexual contact; or a serious physical attack.” The story makes specific note of Millwood Hospital, in Arlington, and Sundance, which has… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Comes In High on Fortune’s List of Best Companies to Work For

Texas Health Resources comes in at 15th on Fortune’s newly released list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, making it the highest-ranking Texas company listed. The nonprofit system registered at 31st last year. Fortune says 92 percent of the 1,107 Texas Health employees who answered their survey said their workplace is great. They pointed to pride, atmosphere, rewards, and bosses as some of the top-notch attributes. The hospital has 24,569 employees, with another 1,154 job openings currently, according to Fortune. Texas Health did $4.5 billion in revenue last year. If you’re curious about what other perks vaulted Texas… Full Story

Texas Health Plano Saving More Limbs with Non-Traditional Procedure

More than two million Americans are living as amputees, and that’s expected to double by 2050. In an attempt to change the projection, Texas Health Plano is trying something different. A new and unique catheterization procedure can help salvage the legs of more would-be amputee patients. The multidisciplinary program includes emergency physicians, orthopedic surgeons, wound care physicians, podiatry, internal medicine and interventional cardiology. “The goal is to provide a cohesive plan of care for patients presenting to the ER or wound care center with ischemic ulcers of the legs (or) feet,” says Dr. Vijay Ramanath, medical director of Texas Health… Full Story

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