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

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

Medical City Weatherford CEO Leaves For Granbury Hospital

Medical City Weatherford CEO David Orcutt is leaving the hospital to head back to Lake Granbury Medical Center, his previous employer. Orcutt will start on June 25 with LGMC, where he previously served as CEO from 2006 to 2013. He’s been the Weatherford hospital’s CEO since then. A spokesperson for Medical City Healthcare said in an email that the search for a new CEO is already underway, and that Orcutt lives in Granbury and made the decision to return at his own choosing. He has lived there for 11 years. “LGMC is an excellent hospital,” Orcutt says in a statement.… Full Story

NICU At Medical City Plano Designated As A Level III

Medical City Plano received word that its neonatal intensive care unit has been designated as Level III by the Texas Department of Health Services. It’s the second-highest level under the state’s system. The 42-bed NICU provides multidisciplinary care to babies delivered as early as 23 weeks. NICU’s across Texas have been finishing up the evaluation and verification process and awaiting their official designations. A law passed by the Texas Legislature requires that every NICU in Texas that wants to be reimbursed under Medicaid has to undergo the process by September 2018. “Maintaining this advanced Level III NICU designation, with a… Full Story

Medical City Affiliate CareNow Opens Urgent Care Facility in Las Colinas

Urgent Care operator CareNow has opened a new facility in Las Colinas, at I-635 and Belt Line Road. CareNow is a part of Medical City Healthcare, having been acquired  by Medical City-owner HCA in 2014. The new facility will take walk-ins and offer web check-in as an option. Aside from the common cuts, burns, and flu symptoms care, the facility will offer services like physicals, well-woman exams, flu shots, and drug testing. CareNow has 30 locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Tenet Tops Among For-Profit Trend Toward Higher Revenue Per Patient

With Q1 earnings time having come and gone, Modern Healthcare on Monday took a look at a trend that emerged across first-quarter reports from the largest for-profit hospital systems: They’re making more money per patient. And among them, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. made the largest leap by that metric, growing revenue per admission by 4.1 percent during the first quarter of 2018. Tenet leadership, as MH points out, attributed that to higher acuity, particularly within its expanding sectors of cardiovascular and trauma. It says the trend is sustainable. Interestingly, the No. 2 system by growth in revenue per admission also… Full Story

Medical City, UNTHSC To Add 500 Residencies Over Seven Years

Medical City Healthcare and the UNT Health Science Center are partnering to create 500 residency positions, the two sides announced on Monday. The positions will help UNTHSC appease regulators over residency requirements as it seeks accreditation for its new medical school, a partnership with Texas Christian University. The residencies—and regulators’ requirements—address the physician shortage in Texas, a topic of increasing conversation in recent years. “As we continue to add more medical schools, there’s a need to grow more residency training slots in Texas,” says Dr. Michael Williams, UNTHSC’s president. The 500 resident positions will be developed over the next seven… Full Story

Medical City Begins $52M Construction Project at McKinney Campus

Medical City McKinney is adding beds and bolstering services with a $52 million expansion project aimed at adding behavioral health capacity at its main campus in McKinney.  The hospital broke ground this week. A new rehab and behavioral health pavilion will include: 20 inpatient rehab rooms; 80 adult and geriatric behavioral health patient rooms; an outpatient behavioral health program; an outdoor healing garden; and design elements to include a focus on natural lighting, as well as an open floor plan in common areas. This is stage one of a multi-phase expansion to Medical City McKinney, which ties into Medical City… Full Story

The New Women’s Hospital at Medical City Dallas Is Officially Open

A $125 million women’s hospital, a year and a half in the works, has officially opened at Medical City’s flagship campus in Dallas. The five-floor addition has a total of 222 rooms, including 24 “modern” labor and delivery rooms; four C-section operating rooms; 84 private, level IV NICU rooms; 12 VIP suites; and 16 women’s medical/surgical rooms. First announced in late 2016, the project was built on to Medical City Dallas’ Care Tower D. It’s called Medical City Women’s Hospital Dallas. Medical City Healthcare calls it a “luxury” women’s hospital that will provide a “spa-like environment.” Along the amenities that… Full Story

Medical City Healthcare Partners with Sarah Cannon

It seems that everyone has a connection to cancer. It doesn’t discriminate, no matter who you are or where you live. My connection is my own father, a gastroenterologist, who died when he was 52 and I was just 19. His cancer battle and his passing left an indelible impression that has helped shape the decisions I make as a healthcare executive committed to the care and improvement of human life. I’m very encouraged that cancer patients at Medical City Healthcare facilities have our lifesaving family of experts—and now, Sarah Cannon—on their side. Who is Sarah Cannon? Country music fans… Full Story