Adult Smoking By County

The reduction in cigarette smoking is arguably the most successful achievement in U.S. public health in the last 50 years. However, smoking remains the most common cause of preventable death. The adult smoking rate has declined by half, to about 19 percent, since the early 1960s. If the trend continues, the smoking rate will be less than 17 percent by 2020 and stabilize at about 13.5 percent by 2050, according to an Institute of Medicine computer simulation. Nevertheless, the rate essentially has hovered around 20 percent since 2004. Adult smoking rates in Collin and Denton counties are significantly below the… Full Story

Conversation With: Winjie Tang Miao, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance

Winjie Tang Miao, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance, was recognized in Becker’s Hospital Review as one of its 2012 “25 Healthcare Leaders Under Age 40.” In 2008, she was honored as one of Modern Healthcare‘s “Up and Comers.” Prior to her role with Texas Health Alliance, Miao served as the president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle. Under her leadership, the hospital expanded services and received national recognition for its quality and community-health efforts. Miao began her career in healthcare administration as an administrative resident at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in 2000. While serving as administrative director… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.01.12)

Texas has the country’s lowest physician-to-patient ratio. UNT Health Alliance Clinic hires one of few physical therapists in Tarrant County who treats pelvic problems in both men and women. Dallas is one level away from citywide mosquito spraying to prevent West Nile. Beginning today, Parkland’s Youth and Family Centers will offer expanded hours of operation. Top 21 code reasons  for denied claims, as compiled by RemitDATA.

Low Birth Weight By County

Low birth-weight, defined as a baby weighing less than 5 lb. 8 oz. at birth, is a leading determinant of infant death. Women who drink, smoke, or have poor nutrition during pregnancy—as well as those who are physically or emotionally abused—are more likely to have low birth-weight babies. Infant mortality is often used to compare the health and well-being of nations, as well as population groups within nations. Compared to infants of normal weight, low birth-weight infants may have an increased risk for many negative circumstances: illness through the first six days of life, infections, and the longer-term consequences of… Full Story

THR’s New Emergency Department Will Offer Elderly a Primary Care Option in Fort Worth

A portion of the Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth emergency-department expansion underscores the importance of giving special attention to geriatric patients. The hospital broke ground recently on a new three-story, 75,000-square-foot ED, one block south of its current facility. The facility, which will connect to the main hospital through a skybridge, is expected to open December 2013. It will be three times larger than its current ED and have 90 beds—a 50 percent increase. The ED facility will also include a geriatric care clinic for follow-up care, addresses two pressing needs: the growing number of elderly ED patients and… Full Story

Physical Inactivity by County

Physical inactivity can lead to obesity and Type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, physical activity can help control weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve mental health. For these statistics, physical inactivity refers adults who report no physical activity or exercise other than their jobs. Across the United States, county-level estimates range from 10 percent to 43 percent. The nation’s average is 21 percent. Adults in DFW counties and the state of Texas are slightly less active, with averages ranging from 22 percent in Collin and Tarrant counties to 24… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.24.12)

The American Heart Association teams up with DFW International Airport to “turn mall walkers into terminal walkers.” Prime Therapeutics, which has large presence in Irving, aligns with DRX to offer a new Medicare plan comparison program. Las Colinas Medical joins the Texas Stroke institute in developing stroke-reduction strategies. NOVO 1 partners with Bloom Health to provide customer service support in Denison, Fort Worth, and Holland, Mich. 1.5 million Texas consumers should benefit from Affordable Care Act’s 80/20 rule.

Accolades (07.23.12)

PEOPLE State Sen. Florence Shapiro was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Public Service Award by Texas Health Resources. COMPANIES Texas Health Resources received the 2012 Most Wired Innovator Award from Hospital & Health Networks magazine for its use of social media tools in the prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The system also made the publication’s Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems list. UT Southwestern named 29th best university in the world by the Center for World University Rankings. Texas Health Resources was named a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate by Computerworld magazine for its use of electric health record alerts to reduce the incidence of blood… Full Story

James Sammons Named CMO at Texas Health Arlington

Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has named James H. Sammons Jr., M.D., as its chief medical officer. In this position he will promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care throughout all departments at Texas Health Arlington Memorial. He’ll assume his post July 30. Sammons will work with the hospital’s executive team and medical staff and report to Harold Berenzweig, M.D., Texas Health Resources’ executive vice president and Southwest Zone clinical leader. Kirk King, the hospital’s president, said Sammons’ expertise, clinical skills, and leadership will be a valuable resource throughout the Texas Health system. “We anticipate him helping us advance… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.16.12)

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has been certified as primary stroke center.   A 22,074-square-foot medical/dental complex at 3232 Broadway in Garland will be auctioned off on Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. The three-building complex sits on a 3-acre lot and has space for 13 practices and 163 parking spaces.   Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has become one of the first facilities in North Texas to support the American Orthopedic Association’s “Own the Bone” program, which aims to decrease the rising number of fragility fractures in America.   Methodist Health System will participate in the Medicare Shared Savings program and… Full Story