Alcon Experience Center Helps Eye-Care Company Share Its $10 Billion Vision

Alcon’s employees deal with a variety of ophthalmologists, surgeons, pharmacists, and retailers. Until late last year, many such interactions happened primarily in hotels’ conference rooms. But that changed in early December, when the $7 million Alcon Experience Center opened at the firm’s headquarters in south Fort Worth. Full Story

The Most Read Healthcare Stories From 2015, All In One Place

Looking at analytics, 2015 may be the year that the true impact of the Affordable Care Act became visible. Locally, there were more large-scale alliances and partnerships and fewer outright acquisitions. Readers remain curious about the future of the physician shortage in Texas and the potential for technology to improve access to care. And while there were no global stories of interest to come out of North Texas, one dominated the website’s readers: The collapse of Forest Park Medical Center. The luxury physician-owned hospital chain is now beset by multiple bankruptcy filings, closures, and the indictment of one of its… Full Story

Excellence In Healthcare Part II: The Research, Wellness, Outreach Initiatives Shaping Dallas-Fort Worth

Last year, in introducing D CEO’s inaugural Excellence in Healthcare awards, we highlighted the economic impact of healthcare on North Texas. It’s a $52 billion industry that accounts for close to 600,000 jobs throughout the region. But it’s also a field whose benefits can’t be conveyed by just the numbers; it’s made up of men and women whose work often has life-or-death implications. This year’s Excellence in Healthcare program honors 15 finalists and winners in 10 categories, selected by the editors from more than 100 nominations. Head here for Part I.  Achievement in Medical Research: Dr. Ajay Goel, director of… Full Story

Uber Tries Out Healthcare In Dallas And 35 Other Cities

Last week, Uber tried delivering healthcare to 36 cities—Dallas included. For four hours last Thursday, the on-demand rideshare app staffed its cars with nurse practitioners and allowed its customers to dial up a flu shot. Customers paid $10 for a flu shot and a bag that included items like hand sanitizer and tissues. If this model sounds familiar, it should: Dallas is home to two such startups that are seeking to bring Uber’s accessibility into healthcare delivery. Mend, based in Dallas, allows adult patients to summon a mid-level for the same conditions you’d go to an urgent care clinic for.… Full Story

Southwest Transplant Alliance Sets Texas Record For Organs Placed In A Month

The Southwest Transplant Alliance set a new record in October for the number of organs it recovered for transplantation for its statewide partners. In October, the nonprofit coordinated 136 organ transplants from 42 patients. Since October 1987, the most ever recovered by an OPO in Texas was 127, a record that was also set by Southwest Transplant Alliance last April. Full Story

Plano’s PediaQ Expands Into Cities Around DFW, Eyes Partnerships

The Plano startup PediaQ, which offers an on-demand mobile app for pediatric urgent care services, has closed on a new round of funding and is pivoting to accept insurance from its patients. PediaQ allows parents of sick children to use an app to summon a nurse practitioner to their home or workplace. Jon O’Sullivan, the company’s founder and CEO, said it closed a funding round in August for $1.2 million, all culled from local investors. That money has helped propel the company into suburban communities surrounding Dallas and Fort Worth. The product launched in August after a “soft launch” in… Full Story