Hilary Lau

NIS: Vaccination for Infants on Track

The 2011 National Immunization Survey has concluded that nationwide vaccination coverage among children aged 19 to 35 months increased or remained stable in the last year and met or exceeded national Healthy People 2020 objectives of 90 percent for MMR, HepB, poliovirus, and varicella vaccines. Healthy People 2020 objectives have not yet been met, however, for various vaccinations that have been recommended more recently, or for several that require multiple doses. Coverage for any vaccine differs by poverty level and varies across states, but trends in Texas coverage are consistent with national data and the state experienced statistically significant increase… Full Story

Methodist to Mark Groundbreaking of $108 Million Trauma and Critical Care Tower

On the 11 anniversary of 9/11, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Louie Bright III, and Police Chief David O. Brown will mark the ground-breaking of a new $108 million Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Slated to open in 2014, the six-story, 248,000-square-foot facility will be dedicated solely to emergency and trauma care. Click here for a construction timeline for the project. Click here for an update on other medical real estate developments under way in North Texas.

Parker University Adds Three Healthcare Programs

Dallas-based Parker University will offer three new degree programs beginning in January. It’s the first phase in a plan to develop 12 new programs through 2017. Students will be able to pursue a Radiologic Technology Associate’s degree, Health Information Management bachelor’s degree (online), or Business Administration Master’s (healthcare focus, online) degree. The additions are being made in response to high demand among students, an increase in industry salaries, and changes in occupational healthcare trends, according to a Parker spokesperson.