Dallas County Has Its First West Nile Case of 2018

Dallas County Health and Human Services announced this week that the area has its first human case of West Nile Virus of the season, coming from Irving’s 75061 zip code. This is about par for the course, timing-wise. The county reported a first positive test within mosquito samples from a trap collected on May 29. To avoid West Nile, DHCCS suggests using DEET-containing or other EPA approved mosquito repellents, wearing clothing that covers, not letting water stand, and limiting time out around dusk and dawn.

Multiple Healthcare Systems Eyeing Prospective, $250M Mesquite Medical Center

The Mesquite City Council has green-lighted a 60-acre, $250-million medical development at Interstate 635 and the Gross Road exit in Mesquite. It could bring as many as 1,800 jobs to the area. The developers are in talks with “multiple interested healthcare systems” and other providers, as the Dallas Morning News reports. They’ll partner on more than 600,000 square feet of medical space. Construction is set to begin mid-2019 on the mixed-use facility. As the DMN points out, about 2,200 people work in healthcare in Mesquite currently, so this is a huge get for the area. Find the paper’s coverage here.

Dallas-based Compass Professional Health Services Acquired

Compass Professional Health Services has been acquired by Alight Solutions, the two sides announced on Wednesday. Dallas-based Compass Health Services builds technology-fueled products that help everyday consumers navigate healthcare, contracting with employers to reach their employees. Compass, which has about 250 employees of its own, will continue to be based in Dallas and will be led by existing President Adam Johnson. CEO Scott Schoenvogel will not be with the company following the deal, Chief Marketing Officer Peter Hegi tells me. Employee count here is not expected to be impacted in the short-term but could grow incrementally over time, Hegi says.… Full Story

Methodist Health To Launch A ‘Concierge’ Health Service In Highland Park

Methodist Health System is launching a new “concierge”-style health center based in Highland Park. It’ll be a member-based service that, in addition to in-person care, will give patients 24/7 tele-access to physicians. Methodist Premier Wellness, as it will be called, will focus on personalized care, Methodist says. Members will get a comprehensive physical exam, blood test analysis, and nutrition and exercise counseling. Botox and chemical peels are also in the mix. More: Methodist Premier Wellness opens its doors in September and will be located at 4101 Lomo Alto Drive in Highland Park. Family medicine physician, Callie Hollenshead, MD, will launch the… Full Story

Dallas-based Health Insurance Company For Senior Market Grows Through Acquisition

Dallas-based Integrity Marketing Group has acquired part of a Cincinnati-based agency, expanding its presence in the Midwest and piling another 2018 deal onto its growing stack of them. The company, a national distributor of life and health insurance products for seniors, announced that it has acquired the senior market division of Cornerstone Broker Insurance Services Agency. Cornerstone serves Ohio and the surrounding states, and helped more than 30,000 seniors enroll in Medicare-related plans last year. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Integrity has been busy this year. Earlier this month, it announced an acquisition of GoldenCare USA, a national wholesaler… Full Story

Moody Foundation Gives $15M Toward Creating Moody Breast Health Center at Parkland

The Moody Foundation has contributed a lead gift toward efforts to create a new breast health center at Parkland health and Hospital System. The foundation added $15 million to the pot, bringing Parkland to about $30 million of its $40 million goal. The center will be named the Moody Breast Health Center at Parkland. Parkland treats about 20 percent of the breast cancer cases in Dallas County, and the cases tend to involve patients that are younger and diagnosed at later stages of the cancer. The hospital provides breast health services for 30,000 people, diagnosing and treating 400 breast cancer… Full Story

Report: Dallas-based Medoc Health Services Raided by FBI on Wednesday

Worth pointing this one out, in case you missed it in the Dallas Morning News on Thursday morning: Federal agents on Wednesday, the paper reports, raided Medoc Health Services, a company that says on its website that it does “healthcare management services” and employs more than 200 people across the country. The raid occurred at Medoc’s Dallas headquarters near Lyndon B Johnson Fwy and Webb Chapel Road. As the DMN dug up, Medoc has ties to several other companies in the building via Kevin Kuykendall and Mark Schneider. Kuykendall serves as Medoc’s CEO and Schneider founded the firm, according to their… Full Story

Parkland Set to Bring Video Interpretation In-House

Parkland Health and Hospital System will hire as many as 80 in-house, full-time employees to serve the bulk of its interpretation needs, an “insourcing” decision the system says will save more than $1 million. The county hospital has been plugged into a video interpreter network for the last five years. Patients with a language barrier speak to providers via out-of-county interpreters on a screen. Many of them were based at their homes in Guatemala or Mexico, the system says. The video part won’t change under Parkland’s new plan. Meredith Stegall, Parkland’s director of language services, says that when her team… Full Story

Boston Hospital Operator Snags Space for Hundreds of Workers in Richardson

A Boston healthcare company moving its headquarters to downtown Dallas has also taken out about 165,000 square feet in Richardson, according to a market report from CBRE. (See editor’s note below this story). News broke in February that Steward Health Care—the largest private hospital operator in the U.S. after a $2 billion acquisition in October—was headed for Dallas-Fort Worth. The space is in the Galatyn Commons – B building at 2375 N. Glenville Drive, and it’s big enough to hold hundreds of employees. That’s in addition to the company’s three floors at 1900 Pearl St. in Dallas, a space it will… Full Story

When it Comes to Mortality and Health Insurance Rates, A Racial and Ethnic Divide Remains Prominent in Dallas County

In Dallas County, racial and ethnic disparities remain prominent in areas like maternal mortality and the ability to withstand chronic diseases, even as the disparities among those without health insurance have tightened in recent years. Those are a few takeaways from the Dallas Economic Opportunity Assessment, a new report commissioned by the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) and conducted by the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP). The groups convened Tuesday morning at CFT to go through the findings at an event featuring comments by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. The day revolved around… Full Story