Lawsuit Claims Botched Anesthesia at Texas Institute for Surgery Resulted in Brain Damage

A workers’ compensation insurer is suing the Texas Institute for Surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas for a series of missteps they say led a woman to flatline after ankle surgery, resulting in brain damage. Zenith Insurance Co. is suing to recoup millions of dollars in medical and indemnity obligations made to or on behalf of Tyra Price. The lawsuit was filed Jan. 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. According to the complaint, Price works as an employee of Star Dunkin’ LP, which, from what I can tell, is affiliated with Dunkin’ Donuts. Price… Full Story

Former Children’s Health CMO, Texas Ebola ‘Czar’ Gets a Job with the HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new assistant secretary for health is a formerly Dallas-based pediatrician who did a stint as chief medical officer at Children’s Health. He also served as head of Texas’ task force on infectious Disease Preparedness and Response during the Ebola scare. The Senate confirmed Dr. Brett Giroir to the spot last week in a move that largely went unnoticed, despite Democrats previously voicing disapproval for the Trump nominee. Giroir earned his MD through UT Southwestern and later served there as a professor; a representative said he was last affiliated with the school around… Full Story

DFW Emergency Medicine Group Bought by Major Hospital Staffing Firm

Fort Worth-based Emergency Medicine Consultants Ltd. has been acquired by hospital staffing firm TeamHealth, the companies said on Monday. EMC provides emergency medicine staffing, deploying about 330 physicians to 24 facilities and an urgent care center across Dallas-Fort Worth. The company also has 80 advanced practice clinicians and, overall, cares for 900,000 patients a year. EMC physicians staff hospitals within Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System, among others. TeamHealth was bought by private equity firm Blackstone Group in a $6.1-billion deal that took the company private in early 2017. In the Knoxville, Tennessee-based TeamHealth, EMC joins a firm with… Full Story

Victim of Christopher Duntsch: The Difference Between Malpractice and Criminal Negligence Was Simple

The press conference was being held shortly after the jury sentenced ex-neurosurgeon Christopher Duntch to life in prison for maiming patients. Duntsch was charged with injury to a 74-year-old patient where he “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence” harmed the individual. With the 13-day trial finally over, Johnson and prosecutors deemed his ruling “a historic case.” Full Story

Medical City Denton Names New Chief Medical Officer

Medical City Denton announced Dr. Howard Shaw Jan. 17 as its new chief medical officer to help advise and lead the hospital’s physicians. Shaw currently serves as the CMO at Great Plains Health located in Great Plains, Nebraska. There, he works on developing physician relationships and leadership, enhancing quality and patient safety, and directing physician retention and on-boarding effects. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management. “I personally look forward to working with the Medical City Denton staff and physicians with special… Full Story

Methodist’s Affiliated Physician Group Rebrands Itself

Dr. George Williams, the group’s president, said the decision is in line with the group’s growth—it’s doubled in the past four years, and the need to link itself more closely to the Methodist Health System brand was apparent. He said it will help patient communication as the system looks to highlight its clinical integration strategy and expansion into new regions. Full Story

Independent Doctors, Meet Privia Health: Dallas Indie Docs Have Another Option

For the past three or so months, an Arlington, Va.-based medical group has been quietly marching across Dallas-Fort Worth, seeking independent physician practices with whom to partner. Privia Health has attracted 65 practices and is looking for others in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, and Collin counties. It’s already created a provider base of more than 200 physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Full Story