Texas Health Gifted $10 Million Toward New Surgical Tower in Fort Worth

The new patient tower at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, a nine-story behemoth that’s part of the largest Texas Health Resources construction project in the system’s history, will be named the Jane & John Justin Patient Surgical Tower. That comes after the Jane & John Justin Foundation made a $10 million donation toward the expansion. John Justin is the man behind the Fort Worth-based Justin Boot Company. The new surgical tower will include 144 beds, 15 surgical suites, and new pre-operative and post-operative areas. “We are extremely humbled by this gift and grateful to the Justin Foundation for… Full Story

Texas Health Announces $300M Expansion in Fort Worth, Largest Construction Project In System’s History

Texas Health Resources will target its downtown Fort Worth facility with a $300-million expansion project including a new nine-story patient tower and a modernization of its surgical services. The tower will add 144 patient beds, 15 surgical suites, and pre-operative and post-operative services areas. The changes at the hospital—its full name is Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth—register as Texas Health’s largest construction project in its history. Construction is set to start in mid-2018 and be done by late 2021. “With this new tower, we’re expanding our capacity for more complex procedures and advanced care, which lets people in… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Gives Clinical Scholar Award to UTSW Cardiologist

A cardiologist from UT Southwestern Medical Center has been named the most recent Texas Health Resources Clinical Scholar. Dr. Ambarish Pandey will put the $750,000 career development award toward developing novel approaches to prevent heart failure and improve heart failure outcomes at a health system level. “We hope to develop and evaluate a screening strategy that may be integrated with the electronic health record system to identify individuals at high risk of heart failure, particularly heart failure with preserved ejection fraction,” Dr. Pandey said in a statement. “We also aim to evaluate a home-based cardiac rehabilitation program to target these… Full Story

Texas Health Plano Receives Level IV NICU Designation

The neonatal intensive care unit at Texas Health Plano earned a Level IV designation from the state, the highest level a NICU can attain. It’s the first within Texas Health Resources and in Collin County to get pegged as a Level IV. The hospital joins NICUs at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, and Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth as the other Dallas-Fort Worth facilities to earn the designation. Cook Children’s became the first about a year ago, after a law passed by the Texas Legislature put the criteria in place. Every NICU… Full Story

Texas Health Data Breach Impacted About 4,000 Patients

Texas Health Resources suffered a data breach in October that impacted about 4,000 patients, the system said this week. Hackers gained access to Texas Health emails that included details like patient names, medical record numbers, dates of birth, addresses, insurance information, clinical information, and in some instances social security numbers as well as driver’s licenses and state ID numbers. Arlington-based Texas Health was notified of the breach by law enforcement on Jan. 17 but hadn’t been given the green light to notify patients until last week. Authorities at times will ask that businesses wait on notifying impacted customers if an… Full Story

DFW Grabs the Top Two Spots on Fortune’s Best Workplaces List for Healthcare

Texas Health Resources again finds itself on top of Fortune’s best workplaces list in the “Health Care and Biopharma” category, marking the fourth year in a row that the Arlington-based system has grabbed the top spot. Encompass Home Health & Hospice, which has its headquarters in Dallas, came in at No. 2. Encompass has 8,453 U.S. employees. Fortune’s annual list is a pretty significant undertaking—more than 95,000 U.S. employees provided input for the Health Care and Biopharma list this year. In addition to the top two spots, North Texas was represented at No. 26 by the Dallas-based American Heart Association… Full Story

Texas Health Says it Spent $140 Million in North Texas Last Year

Texas Health Resources says it spent $121 million on local construction-related costs and another $20 million on medical supplies and services from local vendors. The Arlington-based nonprofit announced the numbers in advance of its Community Responsibility and Sustainability Report, due out in June. Texas Health’s Shaun Clinton, senior vice president for supply chain management, said in a statement that the health system, which has 29 hospital locations, works to keep services like printing and print management local. “While we understand the need for sourcing products around the globe in this day and age, if we can utilize a local company… Full Story

Texas Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Ink Four-Year Contracts in Final Hour

Texas Health Resources and Blue Cross Blue Shied of Texas have come to terms on new four-year contracts to keep the Arlington-based system in-network for BCBSTX plan holders. With the deal set to expire at midnight on Sunday morning, the two sides signed within the final hour, a spokesperson for the insurer says. A short statement from BCBSTX says the agreement came together “through determined efforts from both sides.” “We were diligent in our negotiations, we used all the time we had available to us,” BCBSTX Market President Dr. Paul Hain added over the phone this morning. “We wish were… Full Story

Texas Health Releases Efficiency Figures from 2017

Texas Health Resources says it’s saved $5.5 million by reducing electricity consumption since 2012. The Arlington-based system spent $14 million last year on building system upgrades and on 63 efficiency projects aimed at reducing energy consumption. Texas Health also recycled 4 million pounds of paper in 2017 and has saved 5.5 million gallons of water over the last five years. Those figures are courtesy of a recent news release from Texas Health, which previews the 2018 Community Responsibility and Sustainability Report due out in June. “We are conscious of our large impacts on the electrical grid, gas supplies, and water… Full Story

Microhospitals Have Become Part of the North Texas Healthcare Equation, But Will Some Feel The Heat from A CMS Survey Change?

Toward the end of February, Cook Children’s announced that it would close Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital and turn it into an ambulatory surgical center. The system determined that, as it’s currently operating, the Hurst-based facility would no longer meet the definition of a hospital under the tweaked guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services late last year. The guidance says that to be defined as a hospital—more precisely, to get a foot in the door so that CMS can evaluate your merits by various other criteria—a facility must have an average daily overnight census of at least… Full Story