UNT System College of Pharmacy Names New Dean

The UNT Health Science Center recently appointed Dr. Charles Taylor as its new dean of the UNT System College of Pharmacy. He will replace interim dean Tina Machu and begin his duties in June. Taylor most recently served as dean and vice president of academic affairs at Northeast Ohio Medical University. At NEOMED, Taylor strengthened the college of pharmacy’s research enterprise by launching a neurodegenerative diseases and aging research center, which was funded by UNT donors and NIH grants. Prior to NEOMED, Taylor served as associate dean for clinical affairs at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and senior associate… Full Story

DFW Hospital Council Enters Joint Marketing Agreement with Georgia Agency

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has entered into a joint marketing agreement with Alpharetta, Ga.-based Coker Group, a national healthcare advisory firm, effective immediately. The partnership hopes to benefit North Texas hospitals by offering more education and advisory services provided by Coker Group. W. Stephen Love, president and CEO of DFWHC, says the organization is “thrilled” to have Coker Group join as a marketing partner. “With [Coker Group’s] robust advisory services and educational initiatives, we believe they can offer services that address the major issues our hospital members face,” Love said. Services the Coker Group offers include strategy and operations,… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White Health, AccentCare Forming Joint Venture

Baylor Scott & White Health has signed an agreement with Dallas-based AccentCare Inc., a nationwide post-acute healthcare provider, to establish a new home health joint venture in Dallas-Fort Worth. The joint venture plans to clinically integrate existing agencies from the hospital and AccentCare so the hospital has more ability to provide in-home care for patients, Baylor Scott & White Health says. The joint venture will combine four existing agencies from Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health and six from AccentCare. AccentCare will manage all operations. Currently, AccentCare owns more than 130 home health and hospice locations in 11 states. Baylor… Full Story

Cook Children’s First Named North Texas NICU to Receive Level IV Designation

Cook Children’s Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit is the first named NICU in North Texas to receive a Level IV designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The recognition came as the result of House Bill 15 of the 83rd Texas Legislature. A Level IV center is the highest level of neonatal care that can be provided to critically ill infants. Cook’s designation marks the beginning of a DSHS initiative to develop criteria for ranking levels of neonatal and maternal care, given the absence of state-led standards. Specific requirements must be met for each of the four… Full Story