Plano-based Hospital Company Announces Two New CEOs

Plano-based Community Hospital Corp., which owns, manages, and consults with hospitals nationwide, announced two new CEOs for its long-term acute-care hospitals in Kentucky. Tuan “Tommy” Le is the new chief executive at ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Corbin in Corbin, Kentucky. And, at the ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Madisonville in Madisonville, Lee Ann Klarner has assumed the CEO role. Le most recently was administrator/CEO of Christus Dubois Hospital of Beaumont (Texas). Klarner was CEO of Crittenden Health Systems in Marion, Kentucky. CHC owns and manages 11 long-term acute-care hospitals in Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina through its… Full Story

UT Southwestern, Southwestern Medical Foundation Launch Signature Event Supporting Early-Stage Research

Three young early-stage researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center will find out next month whether they’ll receive new funding for their investigative efforts. The three—Dr. Richard Wang, Ph.D; Jacques Lux, Ph.D; and Sara Piccirillo, Ph.D—were selected by the steering committee for The Cary Council, a young leaders group whose mission is to support and strengthen UT Southwestern and the Southwestern Medical Foundation. The Cary Council held its inaugural signature fundraising event, called An Evening With DocStars, to raise money for promising early-stage young investigators at UT Southwestern. The event, held Oct. 10 in UT Southwestern’s C. Vincent Prothro Plaza and… Full Story

Catalyst/UnitedHealthcare ACO Touts 2016 Results

Health benefits company UnitedHealthcare and Dallas-based Catalyst Health Network, a clinically integrated network of primary care physicians, say their accountable care organization nearly doubled the number of annual preventive screenings for certain types of cancer and slashed North Texas healthcare spending by more than $11 million in 2016. The ACO was established in 2015 for those enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and individual health plans. It has since grown to include more than 450 primary care providers, following Catalyst’s recent addition of about 100 physicians from the Irving-based USMD Health System. Catalyst said its physicians had increased cervical cancer screenings from… Full Story

AccentCare Expands Joint Venture With Oregon Health System

Dallas-based AccentCare, which provides a variety of post-acute healthcare services, has expanded its 8-year-old home health joint venture with Asante, a health system based in Medford, Oregon. An agreement between the two companies, effective Oct. 1, expanded their existing relationship to include Asante’s Ashland Home Health. It also created a preferred provider partnership with AccentCare that spans all of Asante’s service area. “We are excited about our expanded relationship with Asante,” Steve Rodgers, CEO of AccentCare, said in a news release. “Asante has earned widespread recognition for patient care and shares our commitment to quality, compassionate healthcare in the home.”… Full Story

Texas Health Allen Recognized for Quality Cardiac Care … Again

Texas Health Allen, one of 29 hospital locations in the Texas Health Resources system, has again received The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Chest Pain Certification. The recertification, which can be earned every two years, is a symbol of quality reflecting an organization’s commitment to providing safe, effective patient care. According to The Joint Commission, the chest pain certification “combines a review of Acute Myocardial Infarction and Acute Coronary Syndrome programs into one certification award.” In 2015, Texas Health Allen became the first hospital in North Texas to earn Chest Pain Certification from the Joint Commission. The hospital… Full Story

Seniority Inc. Names Chief Development Officer

Seniority Inc., a national senior-living management company based in Dallas, has promoted Jonathan Carrier to chief development officer. Carrier will lead all real estate development, operations, and acquisitions for Seniority Inc. as well as Senior Quality Lifestyles Corp., a nonprofit that sponsors and operates life care communities. “Jonathan’s focus and forward-thinking leadership style is a tremendous asset to our team as we expand into new markets … ” Stan Waterhouse, president and CEO of Seniority Inc., said in a news release. “He has an extensive background in construction management, and I couldn’t think of a better person for this role.”… Full Story

Tenet Healthcare Aiming to Trim Its Bureaucracy

Battered for a while by tightening margins and fewer hospital admissions, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. is planning to eliminate a regional management layer in order to slash costs and streamline its operations. A spokesman told Modern Healthcare that Tenet would complete the “restructuring” by the end of October. The publication said the company’s regional managers include executives in its Texas, Western, and Eastern regions who serve as liaisons between the individual markets and Tenet’s centralized support functions. Tenet did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Its CEO, Trevor Fetter, said previously that he would leave Tenet no later… Full Story

NanOlogy Announces Enrollment of First Patient in NanoPac Clinical Trial

Fort Worth-based NanOlogy LLC, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical development company, says it has enrolled its first patient in a Phase 2 clinical trial of its “NanoPac sterile suspension” method of chemotherapy for treating ovarian cancer. NanoPac will be evaluated for safety and efficacy after its “instillation” following surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible. The company says the “sterile suspension has been designed to be injected directly into tumors, where studies have demonstrated the nanoparticles remain and slowly release for four weeks, resulting in prolonged local exposure.” Ovarian cancer is newly diagnosed in more than 22,000 women annually,… Full Story

MedProperties Acquires Multistate Healthcare Real Estate Portfolio

MedProperties Holdings LLC, a Dallas-based private equity firm that invests exclusively in healthcare real estate, has snapped up more than 15 properties worth more than $230 million, including a freestanding, in-patient rehab hospital in Arlington. MedProperties’ purchase of the so-called Harrison Street Portfolio consists of 17 properties in 10 states totaling 620,750 square feet. So far, the firm has closed on 16 of the 17 properties, and it plans to close on the remaining one by year’s end. The portfolio, the single largest acquisition MedProperties has made, is a mix of medical office buildings, in-patient rehab hospitals, a behavioral health… Full Story

DART Taps Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance for Pioneering ACO Health Plan

For the last few years, Dallas Area Rapid Transit has watched its employee-healthcare costs rise by 7 percent to 10 percent annually. So the 3,600-employee agency, which is self-insured for health insurance, decided to make a big change. Beginning January 1, DART will offer its employees and their dependents an innovative ACO health plan created by the Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, Arkansas-based HealthSCOPE Benefits, and benefits consultant Willis Towers Watson. The new plan is said to be one of the first of its kind in North Texas, in that an employer is contracting directly with a TPA… Full Story