The Impact of Healthcare Navigator Funding Cuts in Texas

The state of Texas has 4.8 million adults who don’t have health insurance, or about 17.3 percent of the population. That ranks the state dead last in the country in insured adults, according to Community Services. As a part of the Affordable Healthcare Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awards grants to organizations called navigators, who help uninsured Americans work through the healthcare exchanges in each state. But since 2013, the funds for those navigators have decreased by more than 80 percent in Texas, which also voted not to expand medicare. In 2013, CMS awarded more than $10… Full Story

Methodist’s 2018 Folsom Award Goes To State Senator Royce West

The Methodist Health System Foundation has named State Senator Royce West as this year’s Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient. He’s getting the award for demonstrating commitment and excellence in community leadership that mirrors former Dallas Mayor Robert Folsom. Specifically, the long-time politician first joined the Texas Senate in 1992, and has helped establish the University of North Texas at Dallas and a new law school in downtown Dallas along the way. Royce’s legislation created Prairie View A&M University’s Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center, and more recently, he’s pushed for state laws that help police agencies equip their officers with… Full Story

Checking In On The First Joint Healthcare Campus From the Texas Health, UTSW Partnership

The alliance between Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical Center is moving toward a new milestone. The two sides have a $270 million collaborative hospital and medical office building in the works in Frisco, the first facilities resulting from the partnership known as Southwestern Health Resources. It’ll be jointly owned and operated. Construction on the complex started last summer. On Tuesday, the two sides invited people out to mark the halfway point. When all is said and done, in one chunk of land at Cobb Hill and North Dallas Tollway will be: Texas Health Hospital Frisco, a 325,000 square… Full Story

A Post-rehab Program for the Traumatically Injured Takes Off

The success of a gym for the traumatically injured has caused it to move to a new facility, more than quadrupling its total space. Adaptive Training Foundation cut the ribbon on an 18,000-square-foot headquarters in Carrollton over the weekend. Additionally, later this month, ATF will partner with Arizona State University’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center to open a 5,000-square-foot, on-campus site to further research the effects of ATF’s 9-week program. They’re the latest milestones of a vision laid out by CEO and founder David Vobora. A former NFL linebacker and “Mr. Irrelevant”—the title given to the last pick in the NFL… Full Story

Despite Turnover, Red Ink, and Other Issues, CEO Says Metrocare Services Has Been ‘Enormously Successful’

Dallas County’s largest provider of mental health services sold its software division at a significant loss, divested properties, and saw at least two high-ranking executives head for the exits during a financially tumultuous stretch over the last year. The financial situation got so bad at Metrocare Services that, for a time, the agency ran out of prescription stock and had to send patients elsewhere, the result of vendor relationships put on pause due to the agency’s inability to pay. The difficulties at Metrocare, a government agency that serves more than 57,000 people at various facilities across the county, stemmed from… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Comes In High on Fortune’s List of Best Companies to Work For

Texas Health Resources comes in at 15th on Fortune’s newly released list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, making it the highest-ranking Texas company listed. The nonprofit system registered at 31st last year. Fortune says 92 percent of the 1,107 Texas Health employees who answered their survey said their workplace is great. They pointed to pride, atmosphere, rewards, and bosses as some of the top-notch attributes. The hospital has 24,569 employees, with another 1,154 job openings currently, according to Fortune. Texas Health did $4.5 billion in revenue last year. If you’re curious about what other perks vaulted Texas… Full Story

South Oak Cliff, Part of the Congressional District With Highest Uninsured Rate in U.S., Celebrates New $10 Million Clinic

According to Census data, about 37 percent of residents here were uninsured in 2014, the most recent statistics available. The congressional district of which it is a part has an uninsured rate of about 38 percent. The national rate is 10.5 percent. On Thursday, nonprofit Los Barrios Unidos celebrated opening a state-of-the-art 20,000 square-foot health clinic that will charge patients on a sliding scale based on their income. Full Story

Southwest Transplant Alliance Sets Texas Record For Organs Placed In A Month

The Southwest Transplant Alliance set a new record in October for the number of organs it recovered for transplantation for its statewide partners. In October, the nonprofit coordinated 136 organ transplants from 42 patients. Since October 1987, the most ever recovered by an OPO in Texas was 127, a record that was also set by Southwest Transplant Alliance last April. Full Story