Adult Obesity By County

Ten years ago, the percentage of people considered clinically obese was under 20 percent in 28 states. That is the case now in only one state: Colorado. Moreover, in nine states, more than 30 percent of the residents are now obese. The Centers for Disease Control, which now reports the nation’s obesity rate at 28 percent, indicated that it’s probably much higher, because people often underestimate or understate their weight in surveys. A previous CDC study based on actual measurements of height and weight found that almost 34 percent of Americans were obese. Obesity is based on a body-mass index… Full Story

Excessive Drinking By County

Excessive drinking measures reflect the percent of adults who report either binge drinking, defined as consuming more than four (women) or five (men) alcoholic beverages on a single occasion in the past 30 days, or heavy drinking, defined as drinking more than one (women) or two (men) drinks per day on average. Unlike moderate drinking, binge drinking is unequivocally bad. It is a leading preventable cause of death, killing about 79,000 Americans annually and shortening lives by an average of about 30 years. Binge drinkers consume an average of eight drinks at a time. They tend to be men younger… Full Story

Adult Smoking By County

The reduction in cigarette smoking is arguably the most successful achievement in U.S. public health in the last 50 years. However, smoking remains the most common cause of preventable death. The adult smoking rate has declined by half, to about 19 percent, since the early 1960s. If the trend continues, the smoking rate will be less than 17 percent by 2020 and stabilize at about 13.5 percent by 2050, according to an Institute of Medicine computer simulation. Nevertheless, the rate essentially has hovered around 20 percent since 2004. Adult smoking rates in Collin and Denton counties are significantly below the… Full Story

Extend Health Inc. Opens Second Center in Richardson; Plans to Hire 200 Employees, Bringing Local Total to 500+

Extend Health Inc., which operates the country’s largest private Medicare exchange, has opened a second service center in Richardson. It plans to hire another 200 employees, bringing its total local jobs base to more than 500. “Richardson is a great place to find highly skilled employees,” said Bryce Williams, managing director of Extend Health for Towers Watson, in a statement. “Having a second service center here will allow us to serve our customers well and grow with them. We have a long-standing, deep commitment to the Richardson community, and we look forward to expanding our employee base in the greater… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.01.12)

Texas has the country’s lowest physician-to-patient ratio. UNT Health Alliance Clinic hires one of few physical therapists in Tarrant County who treats pelvic problems in both men and women. Dallas is one level away from citywide mosquito spraying to prevent West Nile. Beginning today, Parkland’s Youth and Family Centers will offer expanded hours of operation. Top 21 code reasons  for denied claims, as compiled by RemitDATA.

Low Birth Weight By County

Low birth-weight, defined as a baby weighing less than 5 lb. 8 oz. at birth, is a leading determinant of infant death. Women who drink, smoke, or have poor nutrition during pregnancy—as well as those who are physically or emotionally abused—are more likely to have low birth-weight babies. Infant mortality is often used to compare the health and well-being of nations, as well as population groups within nations. Compared to infants of normal weight, low birth-weight infants may have an increased risk for many negative circumstances: illness through the first six days of life, infections, and the longer-term consequences of… Full Story

$120 Million Expansion Approved for Methodist Richardson; Will Add 125-Bed Hospital

Methodist Health System’s board of directors has approved a $120 million expansion that will add a 266,250-square-foot acute care hospital at Methodist Richardson. The 125-bed hospital is slated to open in the fall of 2014 at the southeast corner of Renner Road and State Highway 190. The site, which is known as Methodist Richardson—Bush/Renner, already is home to a medical office building and outpatient hospital, as well as a cancer center that opened in October 2008. Methodist Richardson has a second campus at Campbell Road. “This hospital has served Richardson and the surrounding area with compassionate quality health care at its… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Opens Behavioral Health Center in Frisco

Texas Health Resources has opened the Texas Health Seay Behavioral Health Center Frisco, at 5858 Main Street, Ste. 200. The center will offer free assessments; patients may be recommended to any Seay Behavioral Health level of care. The new site is a satellite location of the Seay Behavioral Health Center, which offers inpatient and outpatient services on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. “We see a great need for behavioral health services and are excited to be opening in the Frisco community,” said Ross Teemant, LCSW, director of the Seay Behavioral Health Center, in a statement. According to… Full Story

LHP Doubles Employees Since January; Well-positioned for Continued Growth

Plano-based LHP Group Inc. is on a roll. The company just moved into a 41,000 square-foot facility off the Dallas North Tollway in Plano, after expanding twice in its previous location. It now has 60 employees—double what it had in January. The new facility has the capacity for 120 employees. It closed a deal this month on a joint venture with Hackensack (N.J.) University Health Network  to take over ownership of Mountainside Hospital in Monclair, N.J. The two partners previously had HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley. In June, LHP opened a new 83-bed facility with Austin-based Seton Family of Hospitals in… Full Story

Physical Inactivity by County

Physical inactivity can lead to obesity and Type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, physical activity can help control weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve mental health. For these statistics, physical inactivity refers adults who report no physical activity or exercise other than their jobs. Across the United States, county-level estimates range from 10 percent to 43 percent. The nation’s average is 21 percent. Adults in DFW counties and the state of Texas are slightly less active, with averages ranging from 22 percent in Collin and Tarrant counties to 24… Full Story