Morning Rounds (10.01.12)

Nearly 1,200 uninsured people received care at a free health clinic held this past weekend in Dallas.

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. is in negotiations to buy a 209-bed hospital in Turlock, Calif.

Corporate CFOs say their companies’ growth is hindered by the escalating cost of employee benefits.

UTA’s College of Nursing is seeking to increase enrollment through a partnership with HCA Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio. Full Story

UTA College of Nursing Partners with San Antonio Hospital

The College of Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington has partnered with HCA Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio to to increase students enrollment in its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The UTA College of Nursing already has more than two dozen partner hospitals closer to home, but HCA Methodist Healthcare is the university’s first partner hospital in the greater San Antonio area. The UTA College of Nursing established the accelerated BSN program in response to a growing need for registered nurses and a lack of program spaces to educate new nurses. Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, Texas… Full Story

Texas Nursing Leaders Hope Grant Will Boost Enrollment in Bachelor’s Programs

Texas is one of nine states that will receive a two-year grant to create a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced it would give the state $300,000 through its Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program. Susan Sportsman, co-chair of the education committee for the Texas Team nursing coalition, said the grant money would help nursing leaders work with universities to create a standard curriculum to encourage nurses to return to school to earn their bachelor’s degree. She said only about one out of six registered nurses have returned to school to earn a four-year degree.… Full Story

Accolades (09.10.12)

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Novation, Aprima, HealthTexas Provider Network and North Texas Specialty Physicians get recognized in this week’s edition of Accolades. Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.05.12)

Nearly every major health insurer recorded declining earnings in the second quarter of 2012, mainly because of something that happened more often than they expected: patients going to see their doctors, according to an American Medical Association report.

A Baylor Health Care System director of epidemiology and his team are executing a large national multicenter study to assess the effectiveness of preventive and management strategies and their impact on long-term survival.

The American Heart Association reports that taking vitamin D supplements to compensate for vitamin D deficiency may not improve cholesterol in short term.

A Texas Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Chief nursing officer has been named one of only 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows from across the country for 2012. Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.04.12)

As part of a deal with the Department of State Health Services, Parkland Health & Hospital System will pay a $1 million fine for patient safety and quality-of-care deficiencies. The agreement resolves and discharges all potential enforcement actions for compliance issues before May 31, 2012

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is calling on physicians and other health care professionals to participate in the upcoming large free clinic for uninsured persons at the Dallas Convention Center, Hall A, 650 South Griffin St., on Sept. 29.

Twenty new North Texas schools are joining Troy Aikman and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas in the fight against childhood obesity. Find out which area schools are now part of the Healthy Zone School Recognition.

Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth will begin performing kidney transplants next month. The initiative will operate under the name Fort Worth Transplant Institute, with Dr. George Rofaiel as the surgical director and Dr. Bala Sankar as the medical director. Full Story

Volunteers Needed for Free Medical Clinic for the Uninsured in Dallas

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is calling on physicians and other healthcare professionals for an upcoming program in Dallas. The organization is seeking 100 doctors, 300 to 400 nurses, and 500 or more non-medical volunteers for its Sept. 29 clinic, which will provide services for the uninsured. The clinic will take place at the Dallas Convention Center at 650 South Griffin St. NAFC will host its latest C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) clinic in conjunction with the Lone Star Association of Charitable Clinics (LSACC) and the North Texas Association of Charitable Clinics (NTACC). “We are hopeful that… Full Story

Détente in Scope-of-Practice Issue for Physicians, APRNs?

Scope of practice for advance-practice nurses has been a toxic issue in recent legislative sessions. Nursing organizations have sought independent prescribing and practice authority; the powerful Texas Medical Association (TMA) has swatted away what it sees as a challenge to physicians’ oversight authority. The TMA and the Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice appear to have reached a détente in advance of the 2013 legislative session. Since 1989, Texas has had a site-based model for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN). More than 20 years created a polyglot of physician oversight regulations—some based on geographical distance, others based on care delivery,… Full Story

Nominate Outstanding Nurses for D Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards

For the second consecutive year, D Magazine is seeking to find nurses who have gone above and beyond the call of duty with its Excellence in Nursing awards program. Winners and finalists will be honored at an awards gala and featured in the March 2013 issue of D Magazine. Last year kicked off the inaugural Excellence in Nursing awards. The process began with 349 nominated nurses and ended with an event honoring the best of the best, including a nurse who handled an outbreak at an elementary school and a nurse who worked to create virtual patients for student education.… Full Story

Accolades (08.13.12)

PEOPLE Methodist Mansfield’s Cardiac/Stroke Coordinator Karen Yates is a finalist in the 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards. Methodist Richardson’s Manager of Education David Campbell is a finalist in education and mentorship in the 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards. COMPANIES Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has earned laboratory reaccreditation. Baylor Medical Center at Garland and was recognized for having the fastest total combined patient treatment time, based on first-quarter 2012 data submitted to the AHA Dallas Caruth Initiative. Send your healthcare-related awards and recognition news to