Morning Rounds (08.28.12)

A growing healthcare client base is sparking a hiring spree at Irving-based Aegis. The global outsourcing services company is adding 1,080 jobs at its Irving centers.

4G Biometrics and Methodist Richardson Medical Center are among the winners of the Metroplex Technology Business Council’s 2012 Tech Titans awards. UTA’s Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega and UTD’s Robert L. Robb also were among those honored. Here’s a complete rundown.

With the recent landmark Supreme Court decision, it’s no surprise that John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, ranked No. 1 on Modern Healthcare’s 2012 “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list. Three local CEOs also made the list. Find out who.

Southlake and Flower Mound have voted to approve aerial spraying to combat West Nile Virus. Denton, Carrollton, and Coppell are among the Denton County cities opting out. Here’s where things currently stand. Full Story

Aegis to Add More Than 1,000 Jobs in Irving

A growing healthcare client base is sparking a hiring spree at Aegis, which has its American headquarters in Irving. The outsourcing services company, part of the global Essar Group, aims to add 600 customer service representatives and 480 sales representatives at its Irving centers. Sandip Sen, global CEO, said the company also is hiring at its other U.S. locations. “When we joined the jobs4america Coalition last year, we pledged to hire more than 4,000 workers in the United States over the next two years,” he said. “This is the latest demonstration of progress toward fulfilling that pledge.” Hiring will take… Full Story

Irving-Based WaveTwo Acquired By Konica Minolta’s IT Group

WaveTwo, an Irving-based managed IT consulting firm that’s focused on healthcare, has been sold to All Covered, the managed IT services arm of Konica Minolta. It’s the second MSP acquisition for All Covered this week—the other being Compuquip’s MSP practice—and 11th since early 2011. The WaveTwo buyout continues All Covered’s push into vertical IT markets, including healthcare, law, and education, and reinforces its global expansion strategy. “Hospitals and physician offices are looking for comprehensive IT solutions that include hardware, software and managed IT services to help improve patient care, drive down operating costs and meet the demands of electronic medical… Full Story

Baylor Restarts Living Donor Liver Transplant Program

The first patient to receive a living donor liver transplant after Baylor Health Care System restarted its program has safely made the trip home. Dana Pack returned to her hometown in Oklahoma in early August after completing her follow-up care at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute at Baylor is the only active transplant program in the Southwest to offer living donor liver transplant surgery. “We restarted our living donor liver transplant program to help patients like Dana,” said Goran Klintmalm, M.D., chief and chairman of the institute, in a statement.… Full Story

Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Opens Concussion Treatment Centers

A new state law, House Bill 2038, requires that any UIL athlete who shows signs of a concussion must be removed from competition and obtain written clearance from a physician that the concussion has healed before they are allowed to play. “Natasha’s Law” is named after Natasha Helmick, a North Texas soccer player who suffered a concussion during a high school match. She returned to competition while still suffering the effects of a previous concussion, and today has lingering struggles with memory and mental tasks. To help provide treatment for athletes, Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine has opened two… Full Story

Addison-Based Concentra Plans Major Expansion Into Primary Care

Concentra, the nation’s largest operator of urgent-care and occupational health clinics, is planning a major expansion into primary care. Thomas Fogarty, the company’s chief medical officer and one of its founders, said Concentra and parent company Humana see a demographic opportunity, with 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day. The elderly require far more medical care, yet the nation is facing a primary-care physician (PCP) shortage. Addison-based Concentra has 310 clinics—more than twice as many as any other competitor—in 40 states. The company was founded in 1979 by three primary-care physicians who opened an occupational health clinic in Amarillo. The trio’s second… Full Story

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

Morning Rounds (08.21.12)

Planned Parenthood to use $3 million donations after Komen flap for new breast health initiative. UT Southwestern named the official healthcare team of the Dallas Stars. Ten social media tips for docs. Drugmakers use coupons to fight generics.  

Planned Parenthood Consolidates North and Central Texas Affiliates into Dallas Office

By the end of this month, Planned Parenthood will consolidate its Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and Waco offices into one North Texas location. The boards of directors approved the merger in April. The Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region (Austin), Planned Parenthood of Central Texas (Waco) and Planned Parenthood of North Texas (DFW) will cease to exist Aug. 31. The name of the merged organization will be Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT). It plans to serve more than 120,000 Texans in North and Central Texas in its 29 health centers, and become one of the largest nonprofit women’s health… Full Story

Parkland Replaces Interim CEO With Former Tenet Executive

Robert L. “Bob” Smith, a Plano resident and former senior vice president for Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, was named interim chief executive officer for Parkland Memorial Hospital Wednesday. His appointment was approved unanimously by the Parkland Health & Hospital System board of directors, to replace Thomas C. Royer, M.D., whose contract expires in at the end of the month. Royer held the position for nine months. “Bob has extensive experience doing just what we need him to do—taking an organization facing significant challenges and turning it around,” said Debbie Branson, chairwoman of Parkland’s board, in a statement. “With his engagement, we… Full Story