An Introduction To The New Editor Of D CEO Healthcare

Starting today, D CEO Healthcare has a new editor. His name is Will Maddox, a talented reporter and writer who comes over from the Lakewood Advocate. We’re really excited to have landed him. This means goodbye for me. I’ll be starting this week on the D side where I’ve been named an online managing editor, so you’ll still be able to find my byline at dmagazine.com. Will now takes over the daily operations and content of this website; he’ll be writing and editing all the features, news briefs, analysis, expert opinion, etc. that you’ve come to expect from us. I… Full Story

After ‘Big Bang’ Discovery, UTSW Center for Alzheimer’s Gets $700K Boost From Aging Mind Foundation

The Aging Mind Foundation has handed over a $700,000 check to UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute to help continued efforts in finding the root cause of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It’s the largest chunk of money put together yet by the five-year-old nonprofit, which gives to a different dementia research-focused philanthropy each year. Aging Mind has given about $2 million overall, with an emphasis on programs that look specifically at the cause of Alzheimer’s. “You can’t do anything else correctly until you know what’s causing it,”… Full Story

Parkland Foundation CEO Who Led Hospital’s Largest Fundraiser Ever To Retire in 2019

The president and CEO of Parkland Health & Hospital System’s philanthropic arm will retire next year. David Krause, who’s had that perch since 2005, will officially step down in the fall of 2019. Krause headed the Parkland Foundation during its most ambitious project to date, a $150-million fundraise for the new Parkland Memorial Hospital, which opened in August 2015. The foundation is nearing its goal on a new comprehensive breast center, as well—it has $4 million left on a $40 million goal on the Moody Center for Breast Health, expected to open in 2021. Prior to joining the Parkland Foundation,… Full Story

Fort Worth Company Will Provide Free Eye Health Screenings At The State Fair

The Alcon Foundation will use the Texas State Fair to try to educate the community on eye health. The company will offer free eye health screenings to the first 350 people that stop by its tent. The promotion will run on World Sight Day—Oct. 11. That happens to be Senior’s Day at the fair, as well, which fits because about 50 percent of avoidable blindness comes from cataracts caused by advanced aging, Alcon says. The company says about 80 percent of vision impairment can be prevented. Fort Worth-based Alcon develops and manufactures medicine and devices associated with eye care.

Texas Health Dallas Has A New Nurse-Assisting Robot

Texas Health Dallas will soon deploy, on a pilot basis, a new artificial intelligence-fueled nurse-assisting robot named Moxi, which the system says could help it free up its nursing and other staff members to do the more important work. Texas Health Resources will first explore whether Moxi, built by Austin company Diligent Robotics, can effectively ease the burden in a neurology and stroke unit in Dallas. From Texas Health: On a typical day, someone on the nursing or support staff at Texas Health Dallas may have to fill shelves in supply rooms, set up and stock patient rooms, run labs… Full Story

Dallas-based Steward Health Care Closes Hospital In Ohio

Dallas-based Steward Health Care has officially closed the doors to its Ohio-based Northside Regional Medical Center. The hospital operator, which recently moved its headquarters to Dallas, said in August that it would shutter the operation due to declining patient volumes. Monday was the last day that the hospital accepted ambulances and admissions in the ER and labor and delivery units. Thursday at 12:01 a.m., the hospital officially closed. The move impacts 468 employees, Becker’s Hospital Review reports. “Despite continued investment, Northside Regional Medical Center remains significantly under-utilized — as it has been for many years,” Steward said, as Becker’s reports.… Full Story

ACAP Picks A President Of Its SimplePay Division

ACAP Health has named Scott Schoenvogel to lead its SimplePay Health division. Schoenvogel comes over from Compass PHS, a company he founded and helped build to more than 2,200 clients and 1.5 million members. Compass was acquired by Alight Solutions in June, as I reported here. ACAP, which went through a rebrand last year, calls SimplePay a “new model for healthcare insurance plans designed to make health care simple for employees while reducing costs for employers.” “Scott brings a high level of experience and knowledge in the healthcare industry,” said ACAP Health CEO Wally Gomaa in a statement. “Scott is… Full Story

MedStar Bolsters Fleet with First ‘Type 1’ Ambulances

Fort Worth-based MedStar is putting $13.5 million toward a new fleet of ambulances. The governmental authority has typically used the van-like “type 3” vehicles. The new investment gives MedStar “type 1” ambulances, with the patient compartment attached to a pick-up truck chassis. Over the next five years, MedStar will deploy 60 of them. MedStar says it polled its teammates on the investment. Among the input reflected in the new fleet: a better air-conditioning system to withstand the Texas heat, crew seating that allows staff to care for patients while strapped in, a refrigerated safe for secure meds, and five live-view… Full Story

A Dallas Company Is Going After Exorbitant Air Ambulance Bills

While some lawmakers at the federal level push for oversight to curb the enormous air ambulance bills that have grabbed headlines over the last few years, a Dallas company says it has a regulation-free solution. Founded three years ago, Alacura has inserted itself as a middle man between providers—which typically have no financial skin in the game—and commercial insurance companies, which have caught flack for their willingness to pay for only a relatively small portion of transport-related bills, leaving patients with balances that sail into the tens of thousands of dollars. Alacura has been able to cut deals with transport… Full Story

Survey: Physician Morale In Texas Is Among the Lowest In The U.S.

This week, Dallas-based Merritt Hawkins put out the results of the survey it conducted on behalf of The Physicians Foundation. The survey covers 8,774 physicians. One item that continues to stick out on these yearly reports: Physician morale here in Texas is exceptionally low. Just 36 percent of respondents in Texas said their professional morale is very or somewhat positive (the rest say it is very or somewhat negative). That ranks 45th in the U.S. Here are the lowest 10 states for morale: 50. Alaska (23%) 49. Wyoming (23.1%) 48. New Mexico (30.7%) 47. Hawaii (34.9%) 46. North Carolina (35.3%)… Full Story