Medical City Plano Names New COO

Medical City Plano announced Patrick Rohan as its new COO on Feb. 20. He will replace Justin Doss in this senior leadership position. Rohan joins Medical City Plano from HCA’s Plantation General Hospital in Florida, where he had served as interim CEO since Jan. 1. Prior to serving as the interim CEO, Rohan had been COO there since 2013. At Plantation General, Rohan spearheaded a plan to develop a $256 million hospital. Moreover, he oversaw a 12-bed emergency room expansion, developed Ebola and Zika emergency response teams and protocols, and established a Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program in Broward County.… Full Story

UT Southwestern Is Developing Potential Treatment for Fatal Kidney Disease

UT Southwestern researchers have partnered with a California biotechnology firm to develop a potential drug to treat autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, an incurable genetic disease that often leads to end-stage kidney failure. The drug treatment, called RGLS4326, is currently in preclinical animal testing at Regulus Therapeutics in San Diego, Calif. Once complete, a human clinical trial will take place later this year. According to Dr. Vishal Patel, assistant professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern who is senior author of a study describing research leading to the drug’s development, polycystic kidney disease “causes numerous fluid-filled cysts to form in… Full Story

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Awards $34 Million in Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas awarded 14 grants totaling $34 million for funding research and solutions in the fight against cancer. All 14 grants were made through CPRIT’s academic research and prevention programs. CPRIT started giving grants in 2009 after Texas voters approved a 2007 constitutional amendment committing $3 billion to further cancer research. To date, CPRIT has awarded 1,123 grants totaling more than $1.78 billion. Nine of the 14 projects awarded are geared toward helping Texans “prevent and reduce their risk of cancer.” The projects will provide education and screenings for breast, cervical, colorectal cancer, the… Full Story

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

Texas Health Frisco Will Open Acute-Care Hospital in 2019

Texas Health Resources announced it will build an 80-bed, acute-care hospital in Frisco. The city and its zoning commission approved the preliminary site plans last week. The hospital is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2019. The hospital is one part of a 20-acre project by Texas Health. The hospital building will be 325,000 square feet and include a 24/7 emergency room, surgical services, women’s services, and a neonatal intensive care unit. In addition, a 120,000-square-foot medical office building on the site will house primary care practices and a multi-specialty clinic. Financial terms of the project have not… Full Story

New Baylor Scott & White CEO: ‘My Transition’s Going a Lot Better’ than Donald Trump’s

Making one of his first public appearances as the new president and CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, James M. Hinton told members of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation board Tuesday that his transition is going “a lot better” than Donald Trump’s. “None of my appointees have resigned, and I don’t tweet at night,” Hinton said with a smile. Hinton took the reins at Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White last month, succeeding Joel Allison, the system’s longtime president and CEO. Previously, Hinton served as president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a private, not-for-profit healthcare system in New… Full Story