Morning Rounds (07.17.12)

Texas Health Resources has implemented 3D technology for mammograms.   Dallas-based Aprima Medical Software has released an app that helps doctors manage their appointments, look up patient information, review patient visits, check and respond to messages, and other tasks. Seniors Helping Seniors, a non-medical home care company for senior citizens—with all work provided by seniors—is opening  a new location in Denton County.   The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has created a website with an interactive map to assist people searching for heart disease and stroke care.   Irving-based The LaSalle Group plans to build a memory care assisted-living community that will… Full Story

“DART” Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano Improves Efficiency, Care

Changes in procedures by nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano have cut the admission process to 49 minutes and are helping patients better understand chronic diseases. Stephanie Zabel and her team of seven employees make up the Discharge, Admission, Resource, Transport, or DART, team at Texas Health Plano. “The DART determined that what is done during patients’ admission impacts their hospital care during and after their stay,” she said. “Along with gathering patient information, our nurses are passionate about helping to educate the patients and their families.” The DART team sees patients who are admitted to the hospital from the… Full Story

Medical City Hires Charles Gressle as Chief Operating Officer

Medical City Dallas Hospital has hired an experienced healthcare executive as its new chief operating officer. Charles Gressle, a 16-year industry veteran, will begin his new post on Aug. 13. Gressle comes to Medical City from HCA’s Continental Division, where he served as senior vice president and oversaw growth strategies for operations in Denver, Oklahoma, and Wichita. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer at The Women’s Hospital of Texas, where, among other things, he managed a $78 million tower expansion and led a growth initiative that helped make the system No. 1 in Houston. “Charles has a combination… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.16.12)

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has been certified as primary stroke center.   A 22,074-square-foot medical/dental complex at 3232 Broadway in Garland will be auctioned off on Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. The three-building complex sits on a 3-acre lot and has space for 13 practices and 163 parking spaces.   Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has become one of the first facilities in North Texas to support the American Orthopedic Association’s “Own the Bone” program, which aims to decrease the rising number of fragility fractures in America.   Methodist Health System will participate in the Medicare Shared Savings program and… Full Story

Accolades (07.16.12)

PEOPLE               Linda Allison, a clinical education specialist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, was honored among the region’s Great 100 Nurses for 2012.   David Campbell, manager of education for Methodist Richardson, is a South Region finalist in the 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards, in the category of “Education and Mentorship.” He will be honored at an Aug. 17 event at the Houston Omni Galleria.   Karen Langston, perinatal outreach coordinator at Texas Health Harris Methodist, has earned the Fetal Heart Monitoring Program Award from The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal… Full Story

Local Hospitals Perform Better than National Average

Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals, many within this same system, have widely varying scores on patient safety, according to the annual Leapfrog Group survey. The nonprofit quality-improvement organization ranked more than 2,600 hospitals nationally, grading them on an A-through-F scale for hospital safety and posting the results on The group did not disclose hospitals earning a D or an F. Local hospitals performed better than the national average. Of the 46 graded in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 35 percent earned an “A,” 24 percent received a “B,” and 41 percent were given a “C.” Nationwide, 27 percent earned an “A,” 26… Full Story

Proposed Legislation Targets Healthcare Price Transparency

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) is cosponsoring legislation aimed at fostering greater healthcare price transparency. Burgess, a former Flower Mound obstetrician, joined Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) in introducing the Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act of 2012. The proposal would mandate that states have laws requiring hospitals disclose prices for inpatient and outpatient services. The legislation also instructs the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study what healthcare cost information would be most useful to patients. “Patients could review their options with up-front information about the costs of a medical procedure and other expenses in healthcare services, said Burgess, in… Full Story

Annual Healthcare Cost for Dallas Families Tops $20,000

According to the 2012 Milliman Medical Index, the annual household cost of healthcare for a typical Dallas family has cracked the $20,000 mark. The Seattle-based actuarial and consulting firm annually calculates the total cost of care for a family of four enrolled in an employee-sponsored PPO plan. The $20,435 annual cost in Dallas was just below the U.S. estimate of $20,728. The national figure includes $12,144 in employer-cover insurance costs and $8,584 paid by the family—including $5,155 in insurance premiums paid by the employee whose family is covered by the plan, and $3,470 in out-of-pocket expenses. Dallas costs rose 7.1… Full Story

Emcare: The Largest Medical Group in Texas

The largest medical group in Texas is a company few have heard of outside the hospital sector. Emcare, a national leader in physician outsourcing services, is the nation’s largest emergency department (ED) contractor, according to Modern Healthcare. The nation’s 10th largest medical group has 158 offices nationally and nearly 800 physicians, according to SK&A. The company’s first client was Baylor, which was seeking to outsource its ED physician staffing in 1972. Three decades later, Emcare provides services to more than 500 hospitals in 40 states and treats more than nine million patients annually. Its ED services include management, recruiting, billing… Full Story

New Emergency Care Center on Tap for Texas Health Harris Methodist in Fort Worth

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is constructing a $57.7 million emergency care center at the corner of West Terrell Street and Fifth Avenue. The goal of the clinic is to provide a continuum of care for geriatric patients and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions. The three-story, 75,000-square-foot emergency care center, slated for completion in fall 2013, will be one block south of the hospital’s current emergency department and will connect to the main hospital through a sky bridge. It will nearly triple the square footage of the existing department and increase patient beds to 90 from the current 63.… Full Story