DFW’s Johnson is One of Three Nurses in 115th Congress

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, BSN, from Dallas-Fort Worth, is one of three nurses included in 115th U.S. Congress who were sworn in on Jan. 3. Johnson is in her twelfth term representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas. During her time in office, she became the first African-American and the first female Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. She also is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; the Aviation Subcommittee; the Highways and Transit Subcommittee; and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. Johnson has previously served as Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the V.A.… Full Story

DCHHS Confirms First 2017 Mumps Case in Dallas County

The Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed the first mumps case in Dallas County for 2017 at 6:17 p.m. Thursday. According to a statement, the exposure to mumps occurred locally and is not associated with any prior cases. The DCHHS disclosed the patient is a Cedar Hill resident and of adult age, but has not provided any additional information for medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons. DCHHS continues to advise getting two vaccinations to prevent infection.

Medical City Denton Names New Chief Medical Officer

Medical City Denton announced Dr. Howard Shaw Jan. 17 as its new chief medical officer to help advise and lead the hospital’s physicians. Shaw currently serves as the CMO at Great Plains Health located in Great Plains, Nebraska. There, he works on developing physician relationships and leadership, enhancing quality and patient safety, and directing physician retention and on-boarding effects. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management. “I personally look forward to working with the Medical City Denton staff and physicians with special… Full Story

Trinity Hunt Partners Sells Eating Disorder Center

Trinity Hunt Partners, a Dallas-based private equity firm, sold Castlewood Treatment Center, a nationally-recognized establishment for eating disorders, to The Riverside Co. this month. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Trinity Hunt sold St. Louis, Missouri-based Castlewood to Riverside, a Cleveland, Ohio and New York-based global equity firm, after eight years of partnership with Castlewood’s management team and its entry into the eating disorders industry. Since then, the center has expanded capacity “five-fold” with the addition of four new treatment facilities and implemented new revenue cycle management, medical records, and accounting systems to the business, nearly tripling Castlewood’s operating cash flow.… Full Story

TAHP Supports Legislation Against Surprise Medical Billing

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council and the Texas Association of Health Plans on Wednesday announced its support for Texas Sen. Kelly Hancock’s new bill significantly expanding protections against surprise medical billing for Texas consumers. “[We] support transparency in hospital billing and have patient navigators to assist patients and families regarding hospital bills and billing practices,” Stephen Love, president and CEO of DFW Hospital Council, said. Full Story