Dallas’ AccentCare Inc. Acquires West Texas-based Nurses Unlimited

Dallas-based AccentCare Inc., which provides a variety of post-acute healthcare and other services, has snapped up Nurses Unlimited, a personal care services, home health, and private duty nursing company based in Odessa. Terms of the purchase, which was effective Dec. 29, 2017, were not disclosed. According to the companies, Nurses Unlimited will retain its brand name under AccentCare’s Texas Home Health unit, and the acquisition now allows AccentCare to serve patients and clients in every Texas county. “Joining Texas Home Health and its AccentCare parent is a great opportunity for Nurses Unlimited’s growth,” Bobby Laughry, retiring CEO of Nurses Unlimited,… Full Story

Southwest Transplant Alliance Breaks Record for Annual Transplants in Texas

The Dallas-based Southwest Transplant Alliance, a nonprofit organ procurement organization, made a record 1,267 organs available for transplant in 2017, thanks to a record 385 organ donors. Both figures represent the group’s highest number of organs transplanted and donated in a single year, topping last year’s record of 1,210 from 380 donors. The 1,267 figure also represents the greatest number of organs ever transplanted in Texas in a single year. “It’s inspiring and humbling to know that thousands of lives have been saved and enhanced because of the families that made the incredibly generous decision to donate and those who… Full Story

Flu Season Has Hospitals Staffing Up, Rushing to Fill Tamiflu Demand

With Dallas County reporting yet another death from influenza, local hospitals were bringing in extra staff to deal with the flu and racing to keep up with the demand for Tamiflu, an antiviral drug that’s widely prescribed to treat the flu. At Fort Worth-based JPS Health Network, for example, 156 prescriptions for Tamiflu were filled in the last week of December, up from 34 the first week of the month. Demand for the drug rose so quickly, “I had our wholesaler rush some on an airplane over the weekend” to ensure the medication would be available for everyone who needed… Full Story

DeLeon Succeeding Biggins as President of Texas Health Fort Worth

Texas Health Resources executive Joseph DeLeon has been named president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, effective Jan. 21. He succeeds Lillie Biggins, who’s retiring this month after serving as president of the hospital since 2012. The appointment marks a return to Fort Worth for DeLeon, who joined Texas Health in 2005 as vice president of professional services and business development at Texas Health Fort Worth. Since 2013, DeLeon has been president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. That hospital, which opened in 1987, serves the communities of Fort Worth, Benbrook, Crowley, Aledo, and Granbury.… Full Story

North Texas Medical Office Building Lands $3.9M Refinancing

Dallas-based BMC Capital has arranged for the $3.9 million refinancing of a 34,112-square-foot medical office building in Greenville. The five-year loan, amortized over 25 years, was secured through one of BMC’s correspondent credit unions. Its purpose was to enable the building’s owner to “cash out” and purchase a business, according to Clayton Wells, a BMC commercial loan officer. The building in Greenville, about 45 minutes northeast of Dallas, went up in 1983 and was renovated in 2004. It currently houses medical tenants including a diagnostics clinic, a therapy center, and an endocrinology practice. BMC, a direct lender and mortgage banker,… Full Story

Article: Dallas Has Become a ‘Major Center’ For the Surrogacy Business

With the abundance of doctors in Texas and the increasing popularity here of “gestational surrogate pregnancy”—that’s where the surrogate carries the biological embryo of parents who couldn’t have children on their own—Dallas has become a major center for the surrogacy business. That, at least, is the conclusion of this recent article in The Dallas Morning News (subscription required), which said that a community has sprung up in North Texas to support both surrogates and intended parents. Citing three North Texas women who’ve served as surrogates multiple times, the article said they’ve done so not just for the money, but to… Full Story

New Dallas Store Offers Hemp-based Health Products

A new hemp shop in Dallas says it sells the likes of edibles and capsules containing cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis that’s said to help with pain, mood, and mental function. The shop, called CBD Kratom, also stocks something called kratom, an herb from the coffee family, in powder form. The supplement is said to increase energy and help with pain. D CEO magazine’s Danielle Abril has the complete story here.

Projecting the Shortage of Nurses in Texas by 2030

A report from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration says that, by 2030, fewer states will see a shortage of registered nurses than in years past. Unfortunately, those lucky states don’t include Texas, which has long been plagued by a deficit of nurses. According to the U.S. report, which was recounted in a Dec. 28 feature in Modern Healthcare, national demand for RNs should hit 3,601,800 by 2030, while the supply of RNs that year will be 3,895,600. However, the report says, the supply/demand ratio will vary dramatically across the states: “Looking at each state’s 2030 RN supply minus… Full Story

Viral Video Leads to Reunion Between Former Patient and Caregivers at Medical City McKinney

Seventeen years ago, caregivers at Medical City McKinney saved the life of then-1-year-old Caleb Johnson, who’d been the victim of a horrible car crash that killed his parents and injured Caleb and his four siblings. Caleb, who’s now 18 and living in Utah, posted a plea on Facebook to meet the nurse who’d saved his life that November morning in 2000, when he’d been just 13 months old. Sadly, the nurse, Dennie Miller, died of cancer years ago. But Caleb’s social-media post—which went viral with more than 35 million views—resulted in a recent reunion via Skype between Caleb and five… Full Story

Texas, and DFW, Hit Hard by Influenza Activity

Texas is reporting more incidence of influenza than all the U.S. states, and Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the individual markets experiencing the most flu activity. That’s according to the Walgreens Flu Index, which is compiled with retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat flu at Walgreens locations throughout the country. For the week ending Dec. 23, the index shows Texas ranking No. 1 for flu among all the states. Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Nebraska round out the top five. The index put DFW at No. 7 among the nation’s individual markets for flu activity, behind six… Full Story