So Long, Saint Paul: UT Southwestern Demolishes Historic Hospital

UT Southwestern Medical Center demolished the historic—yet outdated—healthcare facility Sunday morning, reducing it to a pile of dust and rubble. In recent years, the hospital was frequently at capacity yet too old to sustain the required renovation. The academic medical center began raising money for a new hospital at the end of the last decade, securing a $100 million gift from former Texas Gov. William P. Clement Jr. in 2009. 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

Conversation With: Checking In With The President Of The Baylor S&W Quality Alliance

The Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, the nonprofit health system’s accountable care organization, is now in its third year. It’s expanding into new markets, particularly near Scott & White’s home in Temple. So D Healthcare Daily decided to check in with its president, Dr. Cliff Fullerton, to get an update on what has become one of Baylor Scott & White’s major initiatives. Full Story

In Annual Report, Children’s Health Tackles Access To Care

Between Dallas and the five counties immediately to its north, only Grayson was spared an increase in childhood poverty in 2014. And while enrollment in the state’s Medicaid program for children—CHIP—is up in many of these regions by somewhere around 50 percent since 2009, access to physicians who see these patients does not reflect this. Full Story