Working to Give Pediatric Heart Patients a Fair Shake and a Fighting Chance

Small children suffering from heart disease often face a tougher time than their adult counterparts. For one thing, many advanced technologies like heart pumps are manufactured not for kids, but mainly for adults with heart disease, simply because there are so many more of them. Dr. Vivian Dimas, an interventional cardiologist at Children’s Health, wants to change that. Dimas, who’s also an associate professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has worked for years to research and advocate for a smaller, pediatric version of a ventricular assist device called Impella. Basically, the device is an implantable mechanical pump that… Full Story

Accreditation Progressing for New DFW Medical School

A new school of medicine planned by Texas Christian University and the UNT Health Science Center School of Medicine has taken another step toward its hoped-for opening in 2019. The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine says it has officially submitted all of its required documentation to the accrediting body for such schools, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. According to school officials, the documentation includes hundreds of pages detailing the likes of the school’s curriculum, facilities, and resources. Alli Halton, integrated content and marketing coordinator for the Fort Worth school, says, “Once the committee reviews the extensive documentation, they’ll… Full Story

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Grants Aim to Battle Chronic Diseases

Richardson-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas has given nearly $1.8 million in “Healthy Kids, Healthy Families” grants to 10 statewide organizations. The grants are a key part of the health insurer’s effort to combat chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which it says greatly impact the life span, productivity, and quality of life of Texans. The grantees include the American Lung Association, the National Kidney Foundation, It’s Time Texas, the Texas Medical Association, State of Texas Kidney, Bexas County Community Health, and Migrant Health Promotion. The grants are part of BCBSTX’s ongoing commitment to improving health… Full Story

Texas Health Gel Program Keeping Babies Out of NICU

Arlington-based Texas Health Resources has had good results system-wide from a pilot program to treat neonatal low blood sugar with an oral gel instead of a stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Low blood sugar—or hypoglycemia—is the most common metabolic problem in newborns. So if babies are born showing signs of hypoglycemia, their blood sugar is tested. The Texas Health gel program includes giving babies who test with low blood sugar a 40 percent oral glucose gel to stabilize their blood sugar, instead of checking them into the NICU for intravenous glucose administration. At Texas Health Fort Worth, for… Full Story

Health Wildcatters Pitch Day Touts Improved Products, Technologies

On a pre-recorded video, ex-Dallas Cowboys player Darren Woodson explained how a new company called Nobo is helping monitor the hydration levels of elite athletes. Tobias Zutz, CEO of Gregor Diagnostics, said his company has developed a revolutionary new screening test for prostate cancer. And Ataia CEO Tyler Register showed off an innovative system that allows hospital patients to communicate better with their physicians, caregivers, and families. They were among nine members of the Health Wildcatters 2017 cohort who pitched their brands and business models to some 400 investors and healthcare pros Nov. 8 at Dallas’s Majestic Theater. Dallas-based Health… Full Story

Rosewood’s PE Arm Invests in Another Manufacturer of Dietary Supplements

Rosewood Private Investments, the private equity arm of Dallas-based Rosewood Corp., has made a “majority investment” in ProTec Laboratory, a provider of contract manufacturing services to consumer brands in the dietary supplements, sports nutrition, functional foods, and pet-care products industries. Quitman, Texas-based ProTec has production capabilities including the development, manufacture, and filling of powder, liquid, tablet, capsule, and soft-gel products for a diverse customer base. The investment in ProTec marks the third within Rosewood Private Investments’ holding company, International Nutrition and Wellness Holdings—and the second this year. In July, International Nutrition snapped up Irving-based Healthy Natural Inc., another contract manufacturer.… Full Story

Dr. Arthur Hong Receives THR Clinical Scholar Award

The Texas Health Resources Clinical Scholar Award has been given to Dr. Arthur Hong, assistant professor of internal medicine and clinical sciences at UT Southwestern Medical Center, for his research into how to improve the cost, quality, and delivery of healthcare. Hong is the second recipient of the award, which provides $696,000 over a three-year period, following Dr. Bradley Lega, an assistant professor of neurological surgery, neurology and neurotherapeutics, and psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Hong’s work is said to align closely with the primary mission of Southwestern Health Resources, an integrated health network launched in 2015 by UT… Full Story

Report Describes Dallas Biotech Company’s Anti-Cancer Vaccines

A new report focuses on the development of more than 260 vaccines to prevent and treat illnesses by U.S. biopharmaceutical companies, including Gradalis, a biotechnology company based  in Dallas. The report from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America says a “robust pipeline” of vaccines in development includes 137 for infectious diseases, 101 for cancer, 10 for allergies, eight for autoimmune disease, four for Alzheimer’s disease, and five for other diseases. Among companies developing the 101 anti-cancer vaccines, Gradalis is highlighted. The local company is developing treatments for advanced ovarian cancer (with a Phase III trial); advanced breast cancer (Phase… Full Story

Medical City Alliance Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Medical City Alliance has named Dean Miller as its new chief nursing officer. Miller, who starts Dec. 11, succeeds Judith Messer, who recently accepted the chief nursing officer position with Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. (Wesley Medical, like Medical City, is owned by HCA.) Miller’s experience includes 12 years in healthcare, developing service lines and establishing patient, physician, and employee relationships. A registered nurse, he joined Medical City Healthcare in 2010 as director of ICU at Medical City Arlington. He’s also served as associate vice president of critical care services and associate chief nursing officer at Medical City Denton.… Full Story

Doctors Sell A Clinic Building in Colleyville

The doctors who work at and owned a Colleyville clinic building have sold it to Provlepsi LLC for an undisclosed sum. The 10,779-square-foot Family Healthcare Associates-Colleyville Clinic building on Brown Trail had been purchased as an investment by the doctors who work there 12 years ago. The facility, built by HCA Healthcare in 1995, was first leased to—and then bought by—NEDOCS LLC, the holding company for the doctors, in 2005. The doctors with Family Healthcare Associates, who will continue to maintain operations in the building, focus on primary care, diagnostic services, gynecology, and after-hours care. According to the seller’s representatives,… Full Story