Wellness In The Workplace: Dallas-based Companies Help Grow An Evolving Industry

When workplace wellness first became buzzworthy, it was the prospect of cost savings that drew in business owners. These days, that’s not the only—or even the predominate—factor, says David Evans, vice president at Dallas-based Cooper Wellness Strategies. “They were looking for, ‘Where can we target our programs to help improve or reduce those things where there is health-related cost?’” Evans says. “While those things are certainly still important, the issue now for companies is ‘What’s the culture of our company that supports our employees in all aspects of their lives?’ The corporate fitness and the corporate wellness initiatives are appropriately… Full Story

Rehab Center Expands To DFW With $22M Facility

Rapid Recovery Center, a post-hospital rehabilitation center, opened its first North Texas location on Tuesday. The $22 million Fort Worth facility is RRC’s fourth overall, with another four planned to open in 2018 or 2019. All are in Texas. With space for 70 patients, the Fort Worth center offers both physical and occupational rehab seven days a week, as well as a pharmacy dispensing system, dialysis coordination, electronic medical records, and other clinical support services. It also has its own hair salon and in-room dining prepared by an executive chef. It will have live-in assisted living, as well—unfurnished units with… Full Story

UT Southwestern Develops System To Identify Genetic Anomalies Connected To Cancer

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center have developed a system to identify genetic anomalies connected with a childhood cancer, a step toward developing treatment as well as discovering genetic influences on other cancers. The exact role the anomalies play in contributing to the cancer is still hazy, but UT Southwestern says the experimental system can help researchers begin to decipher the meaning. The process involves predicting which genes might be associated with the cancer using Bayesian inference, a statistical technique for measuring probability, and verifying these predictions by isolating genes through Crispr-Cas9, a gene-editing tool. After analyzing data from 290… 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

Tenet Pulls In 5 Million Servings Of Cereal During Annual Drive

Tenet Healthcare collected more than 5 million servings of the cereal during its annual Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive. Hundreds of Tenet facilities across the U.S., including more than 30 in North Texas, gathered cereal and raised $380,000 for Feeding America and local food banks during the week-long drive. The financial contribution, which includes a $100,000 match from Tenet, was up 23 percent from last year. Tenet’s SVP for Public Affairs Dan Waldmann says the company raised 63 percent more servings of cereal than last year. “We’ve grown this each year both in total financial donations and contributions of cereal,… Full Story

UT Southwestern Surgeon Becomes Second in the U.S. To Perform New, Catheter-based Aneurysm Repair

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center became the first in Texas—and the second in the U.S.—to perform a new procedure to repair the aortic arch above the heart without opening the chest, an approach that the lead surgeon says could start to take off in the wake of his first success. In April Dr. Carlos Timaran, a vascular surgeon at UT Southwestern, performed the minimally invasive procedure on 77-year-old James Isbon, who had been suffering from an aneurysm in his aortic arch. The method requires two small neck incisions and needle-hole access in the groin. Timaran worked with cardiovascular surgeons… Full Story