Join Us For A D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel Featuring CEOs From Baylor, Texas Health, Methodist, and StratiFi

The area’s healthcare needs are expanding as North Texas booms. Meanwhile, tech and regulation have ushered in an era in which more and more medicine is practiced on an outpatient rather than an inpatient basis. This puts providers trying to figure out where to park their profits at a crossroads: Should they invest in expanding large hospitals—seeing the growing populations—or move into smaller communities with more focused models of care? We’ve already seen a wide, creative mix from the major health systems of North Texas. At an upcoming D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel, we’ll gather a few of their chief executives… Full Story

Dallas County Has Its First West Nile Case of 2018

Dallas County Health and Human Services announced this week that the area has its first human case of West Nile Virus of the season, coming from Irving’s 75061 zip code. This is about par for the course, timing-wise. The county reported a first positive test within mosquito samples from a trap collected on May 29. To avoid West Nile, DHCCS suggests using DEET-containing or other EPA approved mosquito repellents, wearing clothing that covers, not letting water stand, and limiting time out around dusk and dawn.

One Of The Forest Park Co-Founders Owns The 52nd-Priciest Home In Dallas

I mentioned this on Twitter this week, but I find it interesting enough to point out here, as well: Forest Park Medical Center co-founder Wade Barker made an appearance on D Magazine’s 100 Most Expensive Homes in Dallas list. At just about $12.5 million, his humble lair ranks No. 52, with 11 fireplaces tucked into 16,000 square feet. That feature, put together by D Editor Tim Rogers, here. Barker was one of 21 people indicted in the massive kickback scheme at now-bankrupt Forest Park, the fallout from which continues to work itself out in the courts. Another pin fell last week,… Full Story

Rehab Center Expands To DFW With $22M Facility

Rapid Recovery Center, a post-hospital rehabilitation center, opened its first North Texas location on Tuesday. The $22 million Fort Worth facility is RRC’s fourth overall, with another four planned to open in 2018 or 2019. All are in Texas. With space for 70 patients, the Fort Worth center offers both physical and occupational rehab seven days a week, as well as a pharmacy dispensing system, dialysis coordination, electronic medical records, and other clinical support services. It also has its own hair salon and in-room dining prepared by an executive chef. It will have live-in assisted living, as well—unfurnished units with… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White Has A New Board Chair

The Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees has a new chair. Ross McKnight, a businessman who has made fortunes in oil and banking, took over the role on July 1. McKnight was named chair-elect in 2015 and most recently served as chair of the finance and investment committee. He takes over after previous chair Jim Turner’s three-year term expired. McKnight has been on the board since it was formed by the merger in 2013. He served on the Scott & White Healthcare Board of Trustees for 11 years prior to that. “Ross has been invaluable in supporting Baylor… Full Story

UNT Health Science Center Names A Provost

The UNT Health Science Center has named a new provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, promoting the dean of the system’s college of pharmacy to the position. Dr. Charles Taylor will take on the role starting Aug. 1. He will serve as the chief academic officer and oversee and align budgetary policies and priorities. Prior Provost Thomas Yorio stepped down in 2016 following 40 years with UNTHSC. Claire Peel, vice provost of academic research and dean of the school of health professions, has been serving as the interim provost since then. Taylor has packed a lot into his… Full Story

WFAA: North Texas Couple Mulling Over Divorce To Qualify For Medicaid

WFAA ran a story this week that speaks to the country’s billowing healthcare costs. Maria and Jake Grey, residents of Sanger, are considering getting a divorce so that Maria can qualify for Medicaid as a jobless, single mother of two. Jake makes about $40,000, and as it stands, the family doesn’t qualify. That makes it difficult to pay for what they need to care for their six-year-old daughter Brighton, who has a developmental disability. The couple also has a two-year-old. Although the Grey’s have insurance—the story doesn’t get into what kind—they pay $15,000 a year out of pocket to care… Full Story

Hospital Systems Are Rushing To Plant Sports Medicine Investments in Collin County

Near the end of the first set of a close volleyball match in January, Alexis James, a young, sought-after recruit from Frisco, called for a “three” set, meaning a quick set toward the inside portion of Alexis’ position. What came instead looked more like a “hut,” a set that shoots out toward the antenna located at the end of the net. Alexis made a quick adjustment but came down awkwardly on her left leg. Raised by a football-coach father, she shook it off and kept playing. It wasn’t until two weeks later—after insistence by her club-team coaches that she was fine,… Full Story

Texas Loses Precious Residency Spots As UNTHSC-affiliated Program Shutters

A residency program associated with the UNT Health Science Center has closed its doors. The Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program officially shut down at the end of June. According to a UNTHSC spokesperson, the program’s sponsor—North Central Texas Medical Foundation—made the decision. A story from the Wichita Falls Times Record News details the steps that led to it; the trouble started when NCTMF and the Community Healthcare Center, which was managing the program, cut ties. The dagger came when Wichita Falls-based United Regional Health Care System pulled its support. Without the backing of a teaching hospital, a committee of the… Full Story

Christus Health Makes Oncology Investment In East Texas

Irving-based Christus Health is expanding its cancer care in East Texas, opening the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Oncology Institute. With the expansion, Tyler-based Trinity Mother Frances Health System will be able to offer surgical treatment for gastrointestinal, rectal, pancreas, and liver cancers. The system also hired a head of the new institute. Dr. Steven Curley will take on that role, joining the system after serving as professor and chief of surgical oncology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He’d also been directing the local and regional CHI Oncology Service line at the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and… Full Story