Strategies for Leadership Development

The purpose of leadership is to create more leaders not more followers. Any leader, amidst all his or her responsibilities, should ensure their organization has a robust leadership development program that strengthens existing and emerging talent to assume roles of greater responsibility. As a former military officer, especially in combat, there was an ever-looming reality that I could be injured or killed in the next enemy engagement and the next ranking soldier had to be prepared to assume command. If I really cared about my unit and the soldiers in it, then it was imperative that I prepared them to… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.06.12)

Parker University will add three degree programs in January as part of a plan to develop 12 new programs through 2017. The programs were chosen in response to high demand among students, an increase in industry salaries, and changes in occupational healthcare trends, the university says.

About 7,000 women in DFW must now find an alternative to Planned Parenthood after the state officially cut its funding because the clinics offer abortions. An appeal of the ruling is under way.

A UT Southwestern medical student was featured on three episodes of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” The contestent didn’t win the big prize, but he certainly didn’t go home empty-handed.

Nearly one in three American adults has high blood pressure. The CDC reports that more than half of those people—36 million—don’t have it under control and recommends team-based approaches to help the problem. Full Story

UTSW Med Student Wins Big on TV Game Show

This week, a UT Southwestern medical student was featured on three episodes of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”—and won $250,000. Contestant Andrew Tyler came within two question of winning the grand prize of $1 million; he had one lifeline left in his last episode, but didn’t feel confident enough in his last question to continue. The Dallas Morning News posted the question seen below that kept Tyler from winning $500,000 (or from only winning $25,000). In the center of our Milky Way galaxy is a black hole that appears from Earth to be in what constellation? A: Orion B:… Full Story

Parker University Adds Three Healthcare Programs

Dallas-based Parker University will offer three new degree programs beginning in January. It’s the first phase in a plan to develop 12 new programs through 2017. Students will be able to pursue a Radiologic Technology Associate’s degree, Health Information Management bachelor’s degree (online), or Business Administration Master’s (healthcare focus, online) degree. The additions are being made in response to high demand among students, an increase in industry salaries, and changes in occupational healthcare trends, according to a Parker spokesperson.

Morning Rounds (09.05.12)

Nearly every major health insurer recorded declining earnings in the second quarter of 2012, mainly because of something that happened more often than they expected: patients going to see their doctors, according to an American Medical Association report.

A Baylor Health Care System director of epidemiology and his team are executing a large national multicenter study to assess the effectiveness of preventive and management strategies and their impact on long-term survival.

The American Heart Association reports that taking vitamin D supplements to compensate for vitamin D deficiency may not improve cholesterol in short term.

A Texas Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Chief nursing officer has been named one of only 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows from across the country for 2012. Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.30.12)

Three North Texas contenders—AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative, and West Dallas Community Centers Inc.—are in the running to win $30,000 as part of an Aetna program that rewards groups for closing racial and ethnic gaps in helping people live healthier lives.

A local infectious disease doctor must pay a former patient $5.2 million for negligence. The patient in the case, David Fitzgerald, filed a complaint in 2005 after an ulcer treatment went tragically awry.

To combat the rising number of West Nile infections, aerial spraying continues. Tarrant County will be sprayed tonight and tomorrow night.

Village Health Partners is expanding. The practice has opened a second location in Plano, at 5501 Independence Pkwy. Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.29.12)

Methodist Richardson is slated to open a new wound care center next month. It will offer outpatient care for patients with chronic, non-healing wounds that don’t improve with typical treatment.

UT Dallas will offer a healthcare specific major to undergrads for the first time this fall. UTD established the degree due, in part, to the high number of pre-health students at the university

UT Southwestern Medical Center study shows aspirin can help lower risk of death from prostate cancer.

Carl E. Everett, D.O., one of the three founders of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, has passed away at the age of 97. Throughout his life, he has made more contributions to UNT Health Science Center than any other individual. Full Story

TCOM Co-founder Carl E. Everett Passes Away at 97

Carl E. Everett, D.O., one of the three founders of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, passed away Aug. 27 at the age of 97. Everett was born in 1914 in Mountain View, Ark. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1939. Everett’s friendship with Roy Fisher, founder of the Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital, brought him and his young family to Fort Worth in 1949. In addition to his association with the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Everett served a long term… Full Story

UT Dallas to Offer Healthcare Studies Degree

Undergraduate students pursuing careers in medicine, pharmacy, optometry, and other healthcare professions now have a degree designed specifically for them at UT Dallas. The School of Interdisciplinary Studies will debut its Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies this fall. Kathleen Byrnes, head of the new program, said UT Dallas established the degree due to the high number of pre-health students at the university. Students will be able to personalize the degree to align with their career goals. “The benefits of the degree are that it has the science foundation coursework,” Byrnes said in a statement. “But then it’s personalized per the… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.24.12)

Final rule on Stage 2 of EHR incentive program issued. Physicians’ Capital Investments, Physicians’ Capital Markets, and EDGE Realty Capital Markets announce a strategic alliance. USMD Hospital at Fort Worth ranks in Becker’s top hospitals for patient med guidance. CDC: West Nile Outbreak one of largest in U.S.