UT Southwestern Tests Single-Dose Radiation Treatment For Breast Cancer

When 81-year-old Marilyn Gibson was first diagnosed with stage one breast cancer, the Arlington resident—who limits her driving—was looking at undergoing 15 radiation treatments. Instead, as a part of a UT Southwestern Medical Center clinical trial, Gibson underwent just one treatment, completing all required radiation in no more than 45 minutes. UT Southwestern is testing a single, highly focused radiation treatment on breast cancer patients. The treatment, stereotactic partial breastal radiation (S-PBI), is a high-dose form of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy concentrated only on the area of the tumor. The clinical trial is ongoing, but it’s shown positive results so far.… Full Story

Medical City Children’s Healthy Eating Program Recognized

The kids teaching kids program at Medical City Children’s Hospital is one of five programs across the country to receive the American Hospital Association NOVA Award for its efforts to improve community health. Hospital leadership will grab the award at a summit in San Diego later this month. Kids teaching kids was created in 2010 to improve children’s eating habits by encouraging them to choose healthier snacks. A 21-day challenge associated with the program has reached 275,000 elementary-aged students and their parents with nutritional resources. Through a “Kids Fit Menu,” North Texas children have ordered 300,000 healthy menu items at… Full Story

Texas Health Dallas Recognized For Heart Attack Treatment

Last week, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2018. The award recognizes Presby Dallas’ success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients and reaching an aggressive goal with regard to treating those patients. ACTION Registry establishes a national standard of care for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients. To receive the award, the hospital had to demonstrate achievement in ACTION Registry for four consecutive quarters and performed at the top level of standards. According to the Center for Disease… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Releases Sixth Sustainability Report

Texas Health Resources has released its sixth annual Community Responsibility and Sustainability Report, an overview of progress made in 2017 to improve organizational and fiscal sustainability. The report looks at programs implemented that were said to enhance Texas Health’s workplace, minimize its impact on the environment, and help it provide safe care in North Texas. Strategies executed by Texas Health last year include: investing $14 million in facility improvements; deploying 63 energy efficiency projects; providing 143,000 people with pastoral care; health education and services through the Faith Community Nursing Program; and breaking ground on a 325,000-square-foot acute care hospital in… Full Story

Legacy Senior Communities Starts Construction on $175M Facility

The Legacy Senior Communities kicked off construction yesterday of The Legacy Midtown Park, a $175 million retirement community. The 10-acre development will have 184 independent living and 50 assisted living apartments, 36 memory care residences, and 54 short-term rehabilitation or long-term care suites. The project is located just off North Central Expressway between Meadow Road and Royal Lane. The Legacy Midtown Park is expected to open in fall 2019 with long-term care and short-term rehab. All other levels of care, including independent living, will open in 2020. “The Legacy Midtown Park will be a state-of-the-art retirement community with independent living… Full Story

Autism Intervention Center Opens Second Location in Frisco

After operating in Plano for nearly two decades, The Behavior Exchange, an early autism intervention center, has opened a new, 7,500-square-foot facility in Frisco. Founder and Executive Director Tammy Cline-Soza says with so many businesses moving north, they wanted to expand to fit the growing demand there. “We wanted to really build a state-of-the-art facility to serve families,” she says. “We’ve been in Plano for a long time and we’ve outgrown the space there.” The Behavior Exchange provides applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for children on the autism spectrum, which is intended to promote productivity by reducing distracting behaviors. The… Full Story

North Texas Docs Push For A Change In The Mainstream Approach to Fibroids Treatment

Uterine fibroids, non-cancerous muscle tumors in the uterus, affect most American women at some point in their lives. While the majority of cases aren’t symptomatic and therefore don’t require treatment, around 20-25 percent include heavy menstrual bleeding, intense pain, or frequent urination. But as one of the most common health issues for women, and more commonly African American women, the treatment options offered to patients are sometimes more limited—and life-altering—than they should be, say a couple of North Texas physicians. The National Institute of Health cites over 200,000 hysterectomies performed on fibroids each year, a procedure that involves the removal… Full Story