UTSW Lands $1 Million Grant for Geriatric Work

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has awarded a $1 million, four-year grant to the geriatrics section of UT-Southwestern’s department of internal medicine. The Next Steps award, the second grant delivered to UT-Southwestern by the Nevada-based foundation, is one of 10 grants approved by trustees under the foundation’s Aging and Quality of Life program. “These are very competitive grants,” Dr. Craig Rubin, chief of geriatrics and principal investigator of the UT-Southwestern Aging and Geriatrics Education program, said in a release. “The Reynolds Foundation decided a couple of years ago that it would fund a new round of grants open to the… Full Story

UTD’s Specialized Master’s Program Grooms UTSW, THR Physicians and Managers for Senior Leadership Roles

This weekend, two dozen UT Southwestern managers and physicians will become the inaugural graduates of a custom-made healthcare management master’s degree program. The Healthcare Organization Leadership Program was designed and administered by the University of Texas at Dallas. The goal of the degree, called Master of Science in Management and Administrative Services, with a concentration in healthcare organization leadership, is to educate budding healthcare leaders on the fundamentals of finance and management. The program has blossomed into a partnership between the academic medical center and Texas Health Resources (THR). “We recognized that if we are going to deal with health… Full Story

Southwestern Medical Foundation Names Kathleen Gibson President and CEO

Kathleen Gibson has been named president and CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation. In her new role, she’ll work closely with chairman William T. Solomon, the foundation’s board, and its executive management team. Gibson previously served as executive vice president of the foundation, which supports UT Southwestern Medical Center and its affiliates. She also served on the foundation’s board of trustees’ investment committee. Prior to that, she spent 25 years with Bank of America and its predecessor in Dallas, where she held management and leadership roles in corporate banking, commercial banking and asset management. From 2003 to 2006, she was president of… Full Story

$6.9 Million Grant Awarded to Children’s Medical Center, UT Southwestern for Cancer Study

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded a $6.9 million grant to a team at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center. The one-of-a-kind study is seeking to discover the drivers of soft-tissue sarcoma and Ewin’s sarcoma, and develop custom treatments for children who have the disease. The project is being led by Stephen Skapek, M.D., medical division director for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s and a professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern. The team will work with researchers at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital and the UT Health Science… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.06.12)

Parker University will add three degree programs in January as part of a plan to develop 12 new programs through 2017. The programs were chosen in response to high demand among students, an increase in industry salaries, and changes in occupational healthcare trends, the university says.

About 7,000 women in DFW must now find an alternative to Planned Parenthood after the state officially cut its funding because the clinics offer abortions. An appeal of the ruling is under way.

A UT Southwestern medical student was featured on three episodes of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” The contestent didn’t win the big prize, but he certainly didn’t go home empty-handed.

Nearly one in three American adults has high blood pressure. The CDC reports that more than half of those people—36 million—don’t have it under control and recommends team-based approaches to help the problem. Full Story

Cooper, UT Southwestern Study: Fitness Has Greater Impact on Disease than Survival

Middle-age fitness has a greater impact on preventing chronic disease than overall survival, according to Cooper Institute and UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers. In a study just published online by the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers looked at data for more than 73,000 people in the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study database. They also looked at Medicare records for more than 18,600 of those from up to 46 years later. Participants who were the most fit age 30 through 59 had fewer chronic conditions after age 65. Those conditions included heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain cancers. Among… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.28.12)

A growing healthcare client base is sparking a hiring spree at Irving-based Aegis. The global outsourcing services company is adding 1,080 jobs at its Irving centers.

4G Biometrics and Methodist Richardson Medical Center are among the winners of the Metroplex Technology Business Council’s 2012 Tech Titans awards. UTA’s Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega and UTD’s Robert L. Robb also were among those honored. Here’s a complete rundown.

With the recent landmark Supreme Court decision, it’s no surprise that John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, ranked No. 1 on Modern Healthcare’s 2012 “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list. Three local CEOs also made the list. Find out who.

Southlake and Flower Mound have voted to approve aerial spraying to combat West Nile Virus. Denton, Carrollton, and Coppell are among the Denton County cities opting out. Here’s where things currently stand. Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.21.12)

Planned Parenthood to use $3 million donations after Komen flap for new breast health initiative. UT Southwestern named the official healthcare team of the Dallas Stars. Ten social media tips for docs. Drugmakers use coupons to fight generics.  

Medicare Will Penalize 26 Local Hospitals for Readmissions Beginning Oct. 1

Twenty-six hospitals in the four-county Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area are among the more than 2,000 hospitals across the country that will be penalized by the federal government, because too many of their patients are readmitted soon after discharge, according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). More than two-thirds of the nation’s hospitals will be penalized for readmissions starting in October. The penalties, which CMS characterizes as “adjustments,” were authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to prod hospitals to lower unscheduled patient readmissions. Research consistently shows that about one out of five Medicare patients return to the hospital… Full Story