Baylor Scott & White’s Fort Worth, Dallas Campuses Experience Baby Booms

A whopping 48 babies were born at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth during a 41-hour span from June 26 to June 28. That compares to the hospital’s average of about 15 a day (5,700 total in 2017), which already makes it the busiest labor & deliver unit within the Baylor Scott & White Health system. The facility was well-equipped for the rush, with 64 postpartum rooms and 19 L&D rooms, although it did call in extra staff. That stretch follows a previous rush at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where 42 babies entered… Full Story

Here Are The Indictments For The Tyler Nurse Charged With Murder And Aggravated Assault

Let’s close the loop on an aside I slid into a story last week about William George Davis, 34, the Tyler nurse charged with murder and now two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly injecting air into the arterial lines of patients recovering from heart surgery. Based on verbiage in a different news story, I’d figured the recent indictment—the reason for that story—would be sealed. I was wrong about that. It’s available, and the Smith County District Attorney’s office sent it right over when I asked for it Friday. The new details contained within it, however,… Full Story

Bridal Shop Suing Texas Health Over Inadequate Ebola Training Wants Texas Supreme Court To Take A Look

An Ohio bridal shop is asking the Texas Supreme Court to look at its claims against Texas Health Resources, which the business says failed to adequately educate staff during the Ebola scare in 2014, Law360 reported last week. A Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas nurse who contracted the virus visited the Akron, Ohio-based shop—Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal—between her exposure to Ebola and her diagnosis, prompting Ohio authorities to force the store’s temporary closure for an analysis and cleaning. The store reopened three weeks later, but Coming Attractions claims its reputation took a permanent hit. The store announced in early 2015… Full Story

Texas Rates Poorly In New Child Well-being Study

Texas rated eighth-worst among the 50 states when it came to overall child well-being in a new study by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation, which focuses on improving well-being for kids. This might feel like a repeat to the readers of this site—I covered a WalletHub report in April that had the Lone Star State third-to-last. That study put a greater focus on health-specific factors, all the way down to things like sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. For this one, the Annie E. Casey Foundation took a broader approach, looking at 16 measures across economic well-being, education, health, and family and… Full Story

Planned Parenthood Adds Services for Transgender People To More Texas Locations

Based on demand, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT) is adding services for transgender people to two additional health centers, one in Denton and another in Austin. Those are in addition to locations in Arlington, Austin, and Plano, which started offering gender affirming hormone therapy last year. Planned Parenthood plans to expand to more locations later this year, and says it’s receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from patients. “Our health centers have always provided not just trans-friendly, but trans-competent healthcare to patients who too often have previously gone without necessary care out of fear or uncertainty,” said Elizabeth Cardwell, PPGT lead… Full Story

Carrollton Woman Arrested In Home Healthcare Fraud Scheme

A Carrollton woman has been arrested in a home healthcare fraud scheme in which she allegedly used a doctor’s signature stamp to sign orders and certifications on patients she’d never seen. Nehaj Rizvi, 29, is charged with healthcare fraud amounting to $2.5 million. Rizvi, of Life Spring Housecall Physicians Inc., sent doctors’ orders and certifications to more than 100 home health agencies using a physician’s signature stamp. The falsified docs led those agencies to bill for about $2.5 million in fraudulent Medicare claims. Many of the patients weren’t even eligible for home healthcare, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern… Full Story

Texas Health Alliance Designated as Level IV Trauma Center

The Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance increased its emergency department from 15 to 44 beds, and earned a Level IV trauma designation. It now has four trauma rooms, updated telemetry, and switched things around for a better patient flow, Texas Health says. The facility has also added staffing. Texas Health Alliance serves patients in Northeast Tarrant County. It’s seeing more trauma patients this year so far—about 57 per month compared to 48 a month last year. “This is an exciting time for Texas Health Alliance,” says Clint Abernathy, president of Texas Health Alliance, in a statement. “We are growing… Full Story

Tyler Nurse Indicted on Murder, Aggravated Assault Charges

More movement in the case of a 34-year-old Tyler nurse accused of injecting air into the arterial lines of patients, causing at least one to die of an ischemic stroke due to air embolism. William George Davis was indicted by a grand jury last week on a murder charge and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The Tyler Morning Telegraph says the indictment was unavailable—I’ll check in on whether that means it’s being sealed by authorities for the time-being. That would be my hunch. Davis is charged with the murder of 47-year-old Christopher Greenaway. When police announced… Full Story

Amid Agency’s Struggles, CEO of Dallas County’s Largest Mental Health Provider Gets One-Year Contract

The Metrocare Services Board of Trustees renewed the contract of its chief executive officer for one year on Thursday afternoon, without a raise in salary but with the possibility of a bonus of up to $50,000. Dr. John Burruss will remain the agency’s leader amid its financial struggles and after a lengthy CEO evaluation process. The board will have discretion to grant the bonus and decide its amount, Board President Terry James said Thursday. Burruss makes a salary of $382,347 and has received two $50,000 bonuses in the last three years. Burruss’ three-year contract as CEO was set to expire… Full Story

Children’s Health CNO Mary Stowe Talks Nursing Shortage

The nursing shortage continues to be a topic of great concern for healthcare executives across Dallas-Fort Worth and elsewhere, so I was thrilled when Children’s Health Chief Nursing Officer Mary Stowe accepted my invitation to go to lunch and talk it over. Her talent situation might be slightly different than others, she informed me, because pediatric hospitals such as Dallas-based Children’s attract so many new graduate applicants. The trick, then, is about finding the right mix. That’s a quite boiled-down version of the conversation we had for a story in the June issue of D CEO, which went online today.… Full Story