T. Boone Pickens Donates $20 Million to Johns Hopkins

Dallas resident T. Boone Pickens plans to give $20 million to The Johns Hopkins University to support potentially vision-saving research at the university’s Wilmer Eye Institute, the university announced Thursday. Pickens has been treated at Wilmer for both cataracts and macular degeneration, the latter of which also afflicted his father, who was legally blind by the time he reached Pickens’ age. Pickens has discussed receiving new macular degeneration treatments developed in just the past decade that preserved his eyesight. “I’m doing pretty good,” Pickens said. “When I have a problem—and I do have an eye problem and all—I find the best, and… Full Story

Baylor Health Sends Medical Supplies to Aid Syrians

Baylor Health employees and volunteers will be packing up medical supplies today, sending them to Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon. Coordinated by Baylor’s Faith In Action Initiative, the effort includes sending hospital stretchers, exam tables, IV poles, therapy tables, surgical bandaging, surgery packs, gloves, sutures, syringes, and needles. “These medical supplies, which are no longer needed by Baylor Health Care System, can make a tremendous difference to the medical facilities that are providing medical care to refugees from Syria,” Faith In Action director Don Sewell said in a statement. “We work with hospitals throughout our own healthcare system as well… Full Story

North Texas Organ-Donation Charity CEO Pockets Two-Thirds of Donations

Three years ago, 13-year-old Taylor Storch died in a skiing accident. Upon her death, her heart was donated to an Arizona woman, her kidneys were sent to Colorado, and  her corneas helped revive the sight of two others. After her death, Taylor’s parents founded Taylor’s Gift, a Coppell-based foundation that raises awareness about the good that comes from organ donation. Some of that good, it seems, is just lining her father’s pockets. Last year, the foundation brought in $163,000 in revenue; the charity’s CEO, Todd Storch, was paid a salary of $100,000, plus $8,500 in expenses. WFAA caught up with Todd… Full Story

Heart Surgery Nonprofit Opens in Dallas

The HeartGift Foundation—a nonprofit that provides free, lifesaving heart surgery to disadvantaged children from around the world—has established a new HeartGift chapter in Dallas, with Children’s Medical Center serving as a strategic partner in providing the surgeries and medical care. The first children to receive corrective heart surgery from the Dallas chapter were a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy from Liberia, in May. This week, a third child will arrive for surgery. Marvin, from Christmas Island, will be accompanied by his mother and will stay with a volunteer host family while in Dallas. The Dallas chapter is the foundation’s sixth,… Full Story

Three Dallas-Fort Worth Groups Up For Aetna “Voices of Health” Grants

Three Dallas-Fort Worth area groups are among 33 finalists in Aetna’s “Voices of Health” campaign, a project aimed at improving the well-being and health of communities nationwide. Dayspring Family Church Summer Feeding Program (Irving), Cowtown Marathon–C.A.L.F. (Fort Worth), and Anita M. Martinez Ballet Folklorico (Dallas) are all finalists for the annual competition, which awards $30,000 to the group that gets the most online votes and $20,000 to the second-place finisher. Aetna created the campaign in 2011 to honor groups that share its goals of closing racial and ethnic health care inequality gaps, and helping people live healthier lives. More than 1.3 million votes… Full Story

Hillcrest Foundation Awards $500,000 to Methodist Health for New Trauma Center

The Hillcrest Foundation has donated a $500,000 grant to support the new Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. The foundation has awarded 26 gifts to Methodist since 1979, totaling more than $2.8 million. “Methodist Health System Foundation is sincerely appreciative to Hillcrest Foundation for their many years of generous support,” said Methodist Health System Foundation president and CEO April Box Chamberlain. “Their recent gift is meaningful to the future of Dallas to ensure that emergency and lifesaving trauma care will be available to serve the needs of all Dallas residents.” The $20 million BrightER campaign,… Full Story

Bryan’s House Receives $100,000 for Special Needs Health Program

Bryan’s House, a nonprofit that provides healthcare and educational care for children with special health needs, received a $100,000 grant from The Rees-Jones Foundation. The grant will support the Medically Managed Child Care Program, which provides early childhood education and on-site nursing services for low-income children who are prevented from attending traditional programs because of medical and developmental challenges. The Rees-Foundation is dedicated to supporting the disadvantaged, providing relief for the suffering, and promoting childrens’ growth and well-being. “The Rees-Jones Foundation has helped so many in the Dallas community with its generous funding of many excellent programs through the years,”… Full Story

Methodist Receives Record Grant From Susan G. Komen

The Methodist Health System Foundation’s efforts to fight breast cancer has received a boost with the largest grant to date from the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Dallas arm—a $461,792 award to be used for no-cost mammograms for low-income women. “This grant not only provides us the opportunity to serve more local women, it’s also an affirmation of the work we’re currently doing in the fight against breast cancer,” said Methodist Dallas Medical Center cancer program supervisor Charla Gauthier. As part of the grant, the Methodist Foundation received an additional $17,000 through a partnership between Susan G. Komen and Walgreens. Beginning in… Full Story

‘Blue Zone’ Project May Be Heading to Fort Worth

Fort Worth could become the nation’s largest Blue Zones urban project, designed to improve community health using methods based on the best-selling book of the same name. Officials from Franklin, Tenn.-based Healthways will be meeting with community stakeholders over the next two weeks to determine whether there is sufficient commitment to launch the project. If selected, Fort Worth would receive assistance from experts to develop and implement a plan to make environmental, social and policy changes that encourage healthier behavior. Local restaurants would be guided to offer healthier food choices, and the city would invest in walking and cycling paths… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.13.12)

The Red Cross has launched its Young Professionals Auxiliary for volunteers ages 21-30 in Dallas.

The American Hospital Association reports that up to 766,000 healthcare and related jobs could be lost by 2021 as a result of the 2 percent sequester of Medicare spending.

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has announced a $67 million expansion to its Sierra Providence East Medical Center in El Paso.

All 12 Baylor Health System facilities are eliminating sugar-sweetened sodas and unhealthy snacks from on-site cafés and vending machines, with hopes of setting a healthy example for visitors. Full Story