How A Nurse’s Perceptions Changed When She Became the Patient

In the March issue of D Magazine, Online Editorial Director Matt Goodman—the fella’ who used to run the very site you’re on now—has a good one on nurse Kathleen Shuey. One of five clinical nurse specialists at Baylor University Medical Center, near downtown Dallas, Shuey has spent her professional life researching and fighting cancer. In January of 2015, however, a mammogram and biopsy found that the disease had struck Shuey herself. She had breast cancer. The story dips into Shuey’s career path and all the ways, big and small, that her perception of cancer and cancer treatment changed once she… Full Story

Boston-Based Hospital Operator Moving HQ to Dallas, Report Says

A hospital operator and employer of 37,000 people is moving its corporate executive team to downtown Dallas, real estate sources told the Dallas Business Journal. Steward Health Care System LLC is moving 100 high-rankers to three floors at 1900 Pearl St., a new office building it’ll share with law firm Baker McKenzie. Read the DBJ’s scoop here. Steward hasn’t confirmed the news yet and didn’t answer my attempts to get in touch. The company’s website lists six hospitals in Texas, yet none in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Texas locations are in Port Arthur, Beaumont, Odessa, San Antonio, Houston, and Texarkana. Its… Full Story

Dallas Entreprenuer Risks It All on Promising Device for Diabetics

On Monday, Scott Smith quit his day job. Smith’s Socrates Health Solutions is one of 12 startups in the first class selected last month by seed accelerator Health Wildcatters. But until this week, Smith was working nights and weekends to nurture the birth of a non-invasive self-monitoring blood glucose device, while punching in every day for a Boston-based, post-acute care software firm. At 47, Smith is a serial entrepreneur, participating in five previous startups. Two were sold, one became a public company, and two failed. For the past year, the divorced father of three has leveraged his life savings for… Full Story

Prime Therapeutics Expands in Irving

Prime Therapeutics, a pharmacy benefit manager, is adding 200 customer service positions at its contact center in Irving. The new employees will support the company’s member growth in the Medicare, pharmacy home delivery and health care exchange businesses. “Irving has been, and continues to be, an excellent market for the skill set we need to deliver a superior experience for our members,” Glen Laschober, Prime’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. “In return, the creation of 200 more professional jobs in Irving helps the local economy, making this a win-win for everyone.” Customer service representatives will handle incoming calls from… Full Story

FDA Alert Targets Dallas-based NuVision Pharmacy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert to healthcare providers not to use sterile products made and distributed by Dallas-based compounding pharmacy NuVision Pharmacy because of concerns about a lack of sterility. The FDA issued the alert after a recent inspection of the NuVision Dallas facility, where FDA investigators observed what they considered poor sterile production practices. In April, NuVision recalled methylcobalamin and lyophilized injection products due to a lack of sterility assurance and concerns associated with the quality control processes identified a previous FDA inspection.

Irving Proton Therapy Facility Dedication Next Week

Texas Center for Proton Therapy plans a dedication ceremony Wednesday for its $105 million proton therapy facility in Irving. The construction of the facility will begin after that ceremony and is expected to be complete by June 2014. Company officials plan to begin treating patients by early 2016. The center,  located at 1501 W. Royal Lane, is expected to employ about 50 people. The project is spearheaded by Dallas-based Texas Oncology, and supported by McKesson Specialty Health; and Baylor Health Enterprises, an affiliate of Baylor Health Care System, Gary Barlow was hired as the facility’s director in January. Barlow previously… Full Story

Morning Rounds (03.13.13)

Dallas-based Surgical Notes has launched a new networking site called Surgery Center Network that connects Ambulatory Service Centers to healthcare consumers.

Nearly 1 out of 3 physicians with electronic health records either plan to switch vendors in 2013 or would like to do so.

The law firm of Polsinelli Shugart will shorten its name to Polsinelli PC in late April

The CDC uses social media sites to track levels of illness based on use of the company’s search engine to look at flu-related topics.

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Polsinelli Shugart to Change Name in April

The law firm of Polsinelli Shugart will shorten its name to Polsinelli PC in late April, according to its chairman W. Russell Welsh. The law firm, which has an office serving the healthcare industry in Dallas, has 630 attorneys in 16 offices nationwide. The law firm merged with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy in February 2009. Since that merger, 150 additional attorney have joined the firm.