Trial About Fetal Remains Burial and Cremation Kicks Off

In 2017, Texas legislators passed Senate Bill 8, requiring hospitals to bury or cremate fetal remains. Monday, a Federal courtroom in Austin played host to the opening day of a trial pitting state attorneys versus reproductive rights attorneys, as the Texas Tribune reports. A similar rule by the Texas Department of State Health Services was axed by a U.S. District Judge in 2017, prompting the legislation. The Trib sums up the opposition to such a rule: Abortion opponents have argued that the rule was a means to bring human dignity to the fetuses, while reproductive rights advocates said it was another… Full Story

More Details on Texas Health’s Planned Hospital in Mansfield

Texas Health Resources’ hospital in Mansfield will be a joint venture with Florida-based Adventist Health System. It’ll cost $150 million and be called Texas Health Hospital Mansfield. Texas Health provided the extra details about its plans late last week, after reports earlier this month on the Mansfield City Council’s approval. THR and Adventist have collaborated on hospitals previously, including 356-bed Texas Health Hugely Hospital Fort Worth South. Adventist is one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the U.S., with nearly 50 hospital campuses. The nuts and bolts, if you missed them: This will be a four-story, 83-bed campus encompassing… Full Story

It’s Time To Submit Your Nominations For D CEO’s Fifth Annual Excellence In Healthcare Awards

For the fifth year running, D CEO and D CEO Healthcare will be honoring the area’s outstanding industry leaders and innovative projects with our Excellence in Healthcare Awards. As of Monday, nominations are open. Go! Go! Go! Our finalists will find a prominent slot in the December issue of D CEO, and we’ll reveal the winners at an event that same month. These awards span the spectrum, and we’re asking for nominations from the largest healthcare systems to the independents, and from CEOs down to volunteers. The categories: • Outstanding Healthcare Executive • Outstanding Healthcare Practitioner • Achievement in Healthcare Innovation • Achievement in… Full Story

Join Us For A D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel Featuring CEOs From Baylor, Texas Health, Methodist, and StratiFi

The area’s healthcare needs are expanding as North Texas booms. Meanwhile, tech and regulation have ushered in an era in which more and more medicine is practiced on an outpatient rather than an inpatient basis. This puts providers trying to figure out where to park their profits at a crossroads: Should they invest in expanding large hospitals—seeing the growing populations—or move into smaller communities with more focused models of care? We’ve already seen a wide, creative mix from the major health systems of North Texas. At an upcoming D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel, we’ll gather a few of their chief executives… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White Has A New Board Chair

The Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees has a new chair. Ross McKnight, a businessman who has made fortunes in oil and banking, took over the role on July 1. McKnight was named chair-elect in 2015 and most recently served as chair of the finance and investment committee. He takes over after previous chair Jim Turner’s three-year term expired. McKnight has been on the board since it was formed by the merger in 2013. He served on the Scott & White Healthcare Board of Trustees for 11 years prior to that. “Ross has been invaluable in supporting Baylor… Full Story

Hospital Systems Are Rushing To Plant Sports Medicine Investments in Collin County

Near the end of the first set of a close volleyball match in January, Alexis James, a young, sought-after recruit from Frisco, called for a “three” set, meaning a quick set toward the inside portion of Alexis’ position. What came instead looked more like a “hut,” a set that shoots out toward the antenna located at the end of the net. Alexis made a quick adjustment but came down awkwardly on her left leg. Raised by a football-coach father, she shook it off and kept playing. It wasn’t until two weeks later—after insistence by her club-team coaches that she was fine,… Full Story

Methodist Dallas To Get A New Unit For the Terminally Ill

A $2.8 million renovation is underway at Methodist Dallas Medical Center to give the hospital a new inpatient hospice unit. VITAS Healthcare will take up operations of the facility, which will go on the fifth floor of Methodist Dallas’ Schenkel Tower and is expected to serve 800 patients a year. It’ll have 16 private patient rooms. Miami-based VITAS operates 44 hospice locations in 14 states and Washington D.C. In Dallas-Fort Worth, it has locations at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Carrolton and Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth. Construction is expected to be… Full Story

An Updated List of Rural Hospital Closures in Texas Since 2010

Fourteen rural hospitals have closed in Texas since 2010, more than any other state, according to the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. After Texas comes Tennessee with eight closures, then Georgia (six), Alabama (five), Mississippi (five), and North Carolina (five). Becker’s Hospital Review recently rounded up the state-by-state results from the NCRHRP’s running list of closures across the country. Here in Texas, NCRHRP tallies Care Regional Medical Center in Aransas Pass, East Texas Medical Center – Trinity, and Timberlands Hospital in Crockett as hospitals that shuttered in 2017. The program’s raw data is available here. In all, it has tracked… Full Story

Medical City Builds In-House Telepsych Program To Address Psychiatrist Shortage, Discharge Patients Faster

A new telepsychiatry program at Medical City Healthcare allows the North Texas system to address the region’s shortage of psychiatrists through technology. Contrary to the more commonly discussed telemedicine application, in which the patient is at home, Medical City’s telepsych brings psychiatrists to in-hospital psychiatric patients. A doctor “beams in” to consult with a patient, as Shannon Winburn-Raitt, Medical City Green Oaks’ director of behavioral health-telepsychiatry, puts it. Nurses move a robot to the patient’s bed, and psychiatrists, who often perform the consults from their own homes, can address suicide attempts, substance abuse or withdrawal, or any other behavioral health… Full Story

Texas Health Dallas Recognized For Heart Attack Treatment

Last week, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2018. The award recognizes Presby Dallas’ success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients and reaching an aggressive goal with regard to treating those patients. ACTION Registry establishes a national standard of care for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients. To receive the award, the hospital had to demonstrate achievement in ACTION Registry for four consecutive quarters and performed at the top level of standards. According to the Center for Disease… Full Story