Methodist Health To Launch A ‘Concierge’ Health Service In Highland Park

Methodist Health System is launching a new “concierge”-style health center based in Highland Park. It’ll be a member-based service that, in addition to in-person care, will give patients 24/7 tele-access to physicians. Methodist Premier Wellness, as it will be called, will focus on personalized care, Methodist says. Members will get a comprehensive physical exam, blood test analysis, and nutrition and exercise counseling. Botox and chemical peels are also in the mix. More: Methodist Premier Wellness opens its doors in September and will be located at 4101 Lomo Alto Drive in Highland Park. Family medicine physician, Callie Hollenshead, MD, will launch the… Full Story

The Story Of A Dallas Doctor And A Brain In A Bucket

I know I’ve already pointed you toward one big ol’ magazine story today, and I know you don’t have time to sit around reading 5,000-word story after 5,000-word story, but if I may, this is another you’ll want to store away until the next time you can dive in (maybe now!). Written by Jessica Pishko, it is the tale of a brain that came from a cadaver at UT Southwestern Medical Center, perhaps not under correct protocols, and allowed a doctor here in Dallas to strengthen his testimony in a New Zealand murder case. The verdict came back guilty. That’s… Full Story

New Research Says Discouraging Continuity Of Care Could Be A Mistake

These days, thanks to the intertwined factors of regulation and consolidation, long-lasting patient-physician relationships are fewer and farther between. But recently, a few researchers have set out to quantify the positive effects of care continuity. One of those researchers is right here in Dallas. Southern Methodist University’s Vishal Ahuja, an assistant professor of operations management, looked at a massive swath of Veterans Affairs data related to Diabetes patients. He analyzed how care continuity—in other words, long-term relationships between patients and doctors—impacted hospitalizations, length of stay, and 30-day readmissions. “In all three cases, what I found was: the better the care… Full Story

At A UNTHSC Clinic, Integrating A Pharmacist Into the Healthcare Team Is Making All the Difference

UNT Health Science Center has a piece out that’s worth pointing you toward. At the Hepatitis C Clinic at the UNTHSC Health Pavilion, planting a pharmacist within the healthcare team has made oceans of difference when it comes to adherence to prescription programs. Hepatitis C meds, UNTHSC explains, cost nearly $100,000 and cure the infection within 12 weeks. Yet some patients still let the drugs go unused. From the center’s newsroom: “But non-adherence can prevent or delay a cure,” said Dr. Fix, Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy at UNT Health Science Center. “Programs like ours improve adherence by close to 100… Full Story

UT Southwestern Surgeon Becomes Second in the U.S. To Perform New, Catheter-based Aneurysm Repair

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center became the first in Texas—and the second in the U.S.—to perform a new procedure to repair the aortic arch above the heart without opening the chest, an approach that the lead surgeon says could start to take off in the wake of his first success. In April Dr. Carlos Timaran, a vascular surgeon at UT Southwestern, performed the minimally invasive procedure on 77-year-old James Isbon, who had been suffering from an aneurysm in his aortic arch. The method requires two small neck incisions and needle-hole access in the groin. Timaran worked with cardiovascular surgeons… Full Story

Facility With Urgent Care, Primary Care, Specialists Marks New Model For Methodist Health

Methodist Health System has opened a new facility in Grand Prairie that marks a new model for the company, as systems continue to rethink their approach to the physical spaces in which they deliver care across expanding North Texas. The Methodist Convenient Care Campus combines an urgent care on the first floor with primary care on the second and specialists on the third. (Methodist has two other urgent care centers—Dallas and Mansfield—but both of those are standalone facilities.) Brass cut the ribbon on the 31,000-square-foot, $14 million facility on Thursday. Methodist Urgent Care will have extended hours and be open… Full Story

Tenet Hospital In Alabama Cleared By CMS After Prior Termination Notice

A hospital owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has been cleared by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service after receiving a termination notice last month, according to this Becker’s story citing a paywalled Birmingham Business Journal report. The hospital at question was Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, which received notice in May that it was at risk of losing its Medicare billing privileges. A survey by CMS found staff inside the psychiatric unit used inappropriate restraint methods on multiple occasions, Becker’s reported. The termination date was set for May 31, but Tenet submitted a plan of correction and CMS… Full Story

Medical City Frisco Gets National Accreditation For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The Medical City Frisco Bariatric and Metabolic Institute has been accredited under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Quality Improvement Program. The standards put a focus on creating a multidisciplinary program for bariatric surgical patients to improve long-term patient outcomes. They’re a collaboration between the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Medical City Frisco is a 54-bed acute care hospital. “This accomplishment demonstrates to our patients and community that our bariatric program meets the highest standards of care for people seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions,” Charles Gressle, CEO of… Full Story

North Texas Docs Push For A Change In The Mainstream Approach to Fibroids Treatment

Uterine fibroids, non-cancerous muscle tumors in the uterus, affect most American women at some point in their lives. While the majority of cases aren’t symptomatic and therefore don’t require treatment, around 20-25 percent include heavy menstrual bleeding, intense pain, or frequent urination. But as one of the most common health issues for women, and more commonly African American women, the treatment options offered to patients are sometimes more limited—and life-altering—than they should be, say a couple of North Texas physicians. The National Institute of Health cites over 200,000 hysterectomies performed on fibroids each year, a procedure that involves the removal… Full Story

Parkland Hires Associate Chief Talent Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System has hired an associate chief talent officer, filling the vacancy formed when the system promoted its former associate to the CTO role. The new hire is a familiar face. Marnese Barksdale Elder will be Parkland’s new senior vice president and associate CTO. Elder is returning after a two-year stint as president of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and as owner and CEO of Mecca Management. She was a VP and the associate CTO prior to leaving and first joined the hospital in 2000. In March, Parkland promoted Corey Jackson to CTO to fill the… Full Story