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.

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.  

Morning Rounds (08.17.12)

Hospitals name their most and least favorite insurers. Five compensation options for ACO physicians. Aerial spraying for West Nile Virus began in Dallas last night. The average amount embezzled from medical practices is $1,000. AHA: Black stroke survivors face greater risk from high blood pressure.

UNT Eyes Merging Main Campus, Fort Worth Health Science Center

The University of North Texas System Board of Regents is expected to consider a proposal Aug. 16 to explore combining its Fort Worth-based Health Science Center with the main campus in Denton. If approved, the university would study the merger and report its initial findings to the board in November. According to Chancellor Lee Jackson, a combined entity potentially could enhance the university’s research reputation, increase research funding, and improve faculty recruitment and retention. Jackson noted the University of Texas system has started development of a medical school in Austin that would be part of the main campus, and the… Full Story