Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital Supports Expanded Approval for Medtronic’s Catheter

Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital publicly announced its support for a catheter developed by Medtronic. The Freezor Xtra Cryoablation catheter was approved by the Food and Drug Administration Thursday to treat patients with atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia, commonly known as abnormal heart rhythm. “The expanded indication for this catheter will allow more patients to benefit from a safe and effective therapy that can prevent heart racing, and allow them to get back to their normal activities,” Peter Wells, MD, a heart rhythm physician at Baylor, said in a statement. The Freezor Xtra Catheter is a flexible, single-use device that freezes… Full Story

Methodist Dallas Performs First Robotic Kidney Auto-Transplant in North Texas

Methodist Dallas Medical Center surgeons Alejandro Mejia, MD, FACS, and Richard Dickerman, MD, FACS, have performed the first robotic auto-transplantation in North Texas. The surgeons used the da Vinci® Surgical System in December on a 42-year-old female patient who suffers from loin pain hematuria syndrome, a rare condition causing persistent or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen or back and sides and blood in the urine. While she possesses both kidneys, one needed to be moved to the other side to alleviate her pain. According to Methodist Dallas, Dickerman and Mejia believed the patient would be a good candidate for… Full Story

How This Denton County Syringe Company Stays Afloat Through Legal Judgments

In the beginning, there was unlimited promise. A startup born out of an innovative mind and nurtured with federal grants was setting up shop in, of all places, Little Elm—a tiny speck of a suburb on the shores of Lake Lewisville. Some two decades later and for a variety of reasons, however, the company’s once-bright promise remains largely unfulfilled. It’s made its money in lawsuits, and it’s failed to gain the following that it promised to bring. Full Story

Dallas-Fort Worth Leads Texas in Healthcare Companies on Inc. 5000 List

Eighteen healthcare companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area made Inc. magazine’s annual 5,000 list, which attempts to chronicle the fastest growing private companies in the nation. That’s more healthcare companies than any other metropolitan area in Texas, and shows the variety that exist here: Home health, tech, pharmaceutical, provider networks, staffing centers, and services companies. Full Story

Nominations Are Open for D CEO’s 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Awards

This year’s edition will be a little different (you’ll see!), but we’re still eager to receive nominations in these 11 categories. We’re looking for stories of remarkable volunteers all the way up to the hardworking executives, from the big hospital systems to the scrappy independents. Wellness programs, community outreach, medical real estate—by the time you’re done reading the feature, we hope we’ve provided a comprehensive view of the healthcare industry in Dallas-Fort Worth and those that are pioneering new care models, cost-saving techniques, and population health strategies. Full Story

Children’s Health Adopts Ingestible Microchip Technology

Children’s Health has begun offering patients an ingestible microchip and digital patch that can track whether an individual takes his or her medicine and monitors their diagnostics afterward. The technology is part of the health system’s initiative to expand its telehealth programs and bolster the portfolio of its investment arm, which now includes four companies. Full Story

The Total Artificial Heart Is Now Available For Patients In North Texas

For a sliver of a sliver of patients, the total artificial heart is their best chance for survival. The total artificial heart, or TAH, is for patients with failing right and left ventricles. But if the right ventricle was damaged, whether by a genetic disease or a heart attack or other less common abnormalities, the patient had few options, all of which required intensive treatment at a hospital Full Story

A 22-Year-Old SMU Student Is Aiming To Change The Way Asthma Is Managed

Managing asthma can be time consuming and painful. You’re subject to allergy tests and X-Rays. Your lung capacity is measured by blowing into a spirometer, a small device that looks something like a breathalyzer. After your lungs swell and become inflamed, the symptoms are diagnosed through another series of invasive tests known as bronchoprovocation. Edward Allegra, a 22-year-old senior at Southern Methodist University, wants to ease that process. Full Story

Here Are All The Finalists For D CEO’s 2015 Excellence In Healthcare Awards

This year marks the second time that D CEO magazine has attempted to package up some of the most momentous developments in healthcare that have happened in North Texas in the past 12 months. From deals and mergers to wellness plans, from executives to volunteers, from research to real estate, D CEO’s Excellence in Healthcare hopes to paint a vivid picture of some of the highlights over the year. Full Story