United Way of Tarrant County Gets Nation’s Largest ‘Navigator’ Grant

The United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County has been awarded nearly $6 million to help Texans navigate the health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant of $5,889,171 was the nation’s largest navigator grant. Texas overall, which originally was supposed to receive about $8.2 million, was awarded $10.9 million—representing the largest amount given to any state. The United Way chapter, one of eight Texas organizations receiving grants, garnered more than half of the state’s grant money. It told HHS it planned to work with 16 organizations statewide to promote… Full Story

‘Blue Zone’ Project May Be Heading to Fort Worth

Fort Worth could become the nation’s largest Blue Zones urban project, designed to improve community health using methods based on the best-selling book of the same name. Officials from Franklin, Tenn.-based Healthways will be meeting with community stakeholders over the next two weeks to determine whether there is sufficient commitment to launch the project. If selected, Fort Worth would receive assistance from experts to develop and implement a plan to make environmental, social and policy changes that encourage healthier behavior. Local restaurants would be guided to offer healthier food choices, and the city would invest in walking and cycling paths… Full Story

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Pennsylvania-based Post Acute Medical Friday announced the purchase of Twin Creeks Hospital, a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility in Allen.

The Fort Worth Foundation and JPS Health Network will build and operate an adult medical clinic and social services complex near the East Lancaster Avenue homeless shelters.

Giving price information to providers at the time lab orders were placed resulted in a decrease in the numbers of ordered tests. Full Story

JPS, Fort Worth Foundation Build Adult Community Clinic To Target Homeless

The Fort Worth Foundation and JPS Health Network will build and operate an adult medical clinic and social services complex near the East Lancaster Avenue homeless shelters, the organizations announced Friday. The Fort Worth Foundation will build the resource center on about 1.5 acres of land it has agreed to purchase from JPS, which will operate the adult community clinic.  A non-profit operating entity created and funded by the foundation will govern the center’s overall operations. A 2011 JPS study identified more than 230 homeless patients who were frequent users of JPS’s emergency and inpatient services, incurring charges of more… Full Story

UNT Creates Fort Worth Advisory Panel

The University of North Texas System has created a taskforce of more than 20 Fort Worth community leaders to advise the university as it expands the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth. The group will be chaired by attorney Dee Kelly Jr., and include Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and former mayors Mike Moncrief and Kenneth Barr. The taskforce will be involved in legislative initiatives, selection of the next president to replace Scott Ransom and have a voice in appointing Fort Worth residents to the UNT board of regents.

Fort Worth Rehab Hospital’s Growth Yields Swift Expansion Plans

Texas Rehabilitation Hospital (TRF) of Fort Worth plans to expand its bed count by one-third by Aug. 1. The hospital, a joint venture of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Centerre Healthcare Corp. of Nashville, Tenn., opened in May 2011 with 50 beds. The expansion to 66 beds was dictated by the fact that the facility already has exceeded its three-year projections. The project will also include doubling the size of the therapy gym. The $5.5 million expansion will add 15,000 square feet to the existing 54,000 square-foot structure.  The facility, which opened with about 170 employees, expects… Full Story

Forest Park Medical Developer to Break Ground on Fort Worth Hospital

Neal Richards Group will soon start construction on Forest Park Medical-Fort Worth. The 140,000-square-foot facility will sit on 7 acres along the Trinity River within the Clearfork mixed-use community. The specialty surgical center is expected to employ about 250. It was designed by Perkins + Will and will be built by Balfour Beatty. Along with 12 operating rooms, it will feature two procedure rooms, 44 private patient rooms, 10 ICU rooms, full ancillary services, structured parking, outdoor spaces, vegetated roof systems, and an outdoor reflection pond. This will be the fourth North Texas hospital for for Dallas-based Neal Richards Group, led… Full Story

HCA to Join Building Boom in North Fort Worth With $71 Million Hospital

HCA North Texas plans to build a $71 million hospital at Interstate 35 and North Tarrant Parkway in North Fort Worth. Hospital officials expect to break ground on the new facility this summer, with a projected opening of December 2014. The 142,000-square-foot hospital will include emergency services, surgical services, imaging, endoscopy, women’s services, a medical/surgical unit and an intensive care unit. HCA opened a freestanding emergency department on the 73-acre site in December 2011. That facility will become the new hospital’s ED. The main floor will house surgical services, imaging, an endoscopy suite, pharmacy, laboratory, a gift shop, and support departments. The… Full Story

Ransom Sharply Critical of UNT Chancellor, Calls Accusations “Personal Outrage”

In a closed-door session right before he was fired, University of North Texas Health Science Center President Scott Ransom delivered a spirited defense of his record and a searing critique of UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson’s leadership. The Board of Regents fired Ransom Dec. 20 by a 7-0 vote, saying he was creating “internal discord” in opposition to a possible merger of the UNTHSC in Fort Worth and the main university campus in Denton. Ransom’s remarks to the board were released to D Healthcare Daily by Nancy Sterling, a Boston-based spokeswoman. During the presentation to the regents, Ransom said: A letter… Full Story