New Hotel at Baylor University Medical Center Targets Guests Facing Family Health Crises

Dallas-based Gatehouse Capital on Monday opened a 132-suite hotel costing more than $21 million on the Dallas campus of Baylor University Medical Center. The Home2 Suites By Hilton property, located on land being leased to Gatehouse by the Baylor Health Care System, has a staff that’s trained to handle the special circumstances of guests who may be dealing with family health crises. The all-suites, extended-stay property was developed and is owned by Gatehouse Capital and is being managed by Plano-based Aimbridge Hospitality. The hotel offers modular furniture and fully equipped kitchens, a mini-market, complimentary breakfasts, a combined laundry and fitness… Full Story

Children’s Health Program Helping Patients With Gender Dysphoria

At Children’s Health in Dallas, Dr. Ximena Lopez of UT Southwestern Medical Center helped launch and runs the GENECIS program, the “first treatment clinic in the Southwest for children with gender dysphoria.” According to the American Psychiatric Association, gender dysphoria involves “a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify.” The Children’s Health program doesn’t do surgery, but offers a hormonal treatment like one that helps kids facing early onset puberty. D Magazine writer Peter Simek and photographers Jill Broussard and Elizabeth Lavin took an up-close look at Lopez’s groundbreaking work—and her patients—in… Full Story

Southwestern Health Resources Aiming to Acquire North Texas Specialty Physicians

Southwestern Health Resources, an integrated regional health network created by Arlington-based Texas Health Resources and Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center, said Friday that it’s in “the early stages” of a deal to acquire North Texas Specialty Physicians and all of its affiliated entities. North Texas Specialty Physicians is an independent physicians association based in Fort Worth. Formed in 1995, NTSP maintains a network supporting more than 900 primary care and specialty physicians delivering care to more than 15,000 patients each day. In a statement, Southwestern Health Resources said both parties have signed a letter of intent to combine their operations,… Full Story

Medical City Dallas Implanting ‘World’s Smallest’ Pacemaker

Medical City Dallas, a 796-bed hospital that’s part of Medical City Healthcare, has performed its first procedure using what’s been called the world’s smallest pacemaker for cardiology patients. Roughly the size of a large vitamin, and one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker, the Micra heart device was implanted by Dr. Michael Isaac, an interventional cardiologist. The tiny pacemaker, a product of Minnesota-based Medtronic that was approved for U.S. use by the FDA in April 2016, specifically treats bradycardia. That’s a condition characterized by a slow or irregular heart rhythm. Pacemakers are the most common way to treat bradycardia, but… Full Story

Dallas-Fort Worth Physicians Lead ‘Walks With A Doc’ To Promote Health

Although the Surgeon General of the United States says walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy, many people haven’t gotten the message yet. So to boost awareness of walking’s benefits, North Texas doctors have teamed up with an Ohio nonprofit to lead regular walks in Dallas and Fort Worth. According to the Ohio-based Walk With a Doc group, Texas leads the nation in the number of physicians hosting walks through WWAD, thanks to a $100,000 annual grant from the Texas Medical Association. (The grant is a joint effort of the TMA, the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust,… Full Story

Merger To Boost Dallas Workforce Of Healthcare Design Firm

The planned merger of healthcare design firm FKP with New York-based architectural practice CannonDesign is likely to mean more work—and more employees—for the combined firm’s office in Dallas. Houston-based FKP, whose design strength is in women’s and children’s healthcare, has 88 employees at offices in Ohio, Houston, and Dallas, where 20 currently work. A company spokesperson says the local office on Travis Street “will definitely be adding staff. It’s a bit early to know the exact plan … but CannonDesign offers many services new to FKP, including facility optimization, lighting design, advisory services, construction, etc. “CannonDesign’s national expertise will be… Full Story

UT Southwestern Unveils $480M Expansion at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital

Less than three years after the 2014 opening of the $800 million William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, Dallas’ UT Southwestern Medical Center unveiled plans to build a 12-story, $480 million third tower at its flagship hospital to meet “greater-than-expected need for specialty patient care.” UT Southwestern had 27,152 admissions during its last fiscal year, a spokesperson says—up 24 percent from the 21,828 it logged in fiscal 2014. The 30-month-long project at the Clements hospital, scheduled to be completed in 2020, will include an additional 650,000 square feet of space; 300 more hospital beds (bringing the facility’s total number of… Full Story

Catalyst Health Network Adding Physicians From USMD System

Catalyst Health Network, a multi-payer, clinically integrated network for independent physicians, has added about 100 primary care physicians from Irving-based USMD Health System to the Catalyst network. The addition, Plano-based Catalyst says, means it’s now able to offer care to more than 750,000 patients via 465 primary care providers in more than 140 locations across North Texas. After paying “a small membership fee” to join the Catalyst network, the USMD physicians will “receive care team members—whether more nurses or pharmacists—and also technology, to better coordinate care,” says Catalyst’s Dr. Christopher Crow. Crow is the president of Catalyst Health Network and… Full Story

Senior Living Company Launches Intake Center to ‘Streamline’ Coordinated Patient Care

StoneGate Senior Living, which develops, owns, and operates a number of senior care and housing properties in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma, has launched a centralized referral system to coordinate patient care between Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals and the company’s post-acute-care communities here. StoneGate’s new Central Intake Center (or CIC), located at the company’s headquarters in Lewisville, is essentially a call center staffed with six employees and a registered nurse. The CIC offers round-the-clock service to the medical care community, connecting acute-care providers looking to discharge patients from their facilities with 10 of StoneGate’s DFW properties. While providers will be able to… Full Story

Medical City Denton Taps New COO

Medical City Denton has named John Walker as its chief operating officer, effective Oct. 23. Walker, who most recently served as associate administrator at Medical City Dallas, replaces Justin Coury, who’s taken another position with HCA. For-profit HCA is the parent company of Medical City Healthcare, which owns Medical City Denton. Prior to joining Medical City Dallas, Walker had served as associate administrator at Medical City McKinney, where he opened a senior health clinic, achieved top employee engagement scores, and served as the chief staffing officer. Walker holds a master’s degree in health administration from Trinity University, as well as… Full Story