Three THR Hospitals Given Joint Commission Recognition for 2011

Texas Health Resources hospitals in Allen, Azle and Hurst-Euless-Bedford have been recognized as “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures” for 2011 by the country’s top accrediting agency for hospitals. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford was recognized by The Joint Commission in more measures than any other U.S. hospital. The hospital was recognized for high-quality care of six conditions: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, hospital inpatient psychiatric treatment and stroke. Texas Health Allen was recognized for pneumonia and surgical care, and Texas Health Azle was recognized for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. To be considered “Top Performers,”… Full Story

A Breakdown of Tenet’s Sustainability Report

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has released its  2011 corporate sustainability report. The company was recognized by Global Report Initiative as meeting GRI’s Application Level C Guidelines, which indicates how many disclosure requirements Tenet achieved in its report. The company believes sustainability is “about creating shared value for our patients, physicians, employees and shareholders” said Trevor Fetter, Tenet president and CEO, in a statement. “This commitment is crucial to our success as a corporation, employer, and steward of the communities in which we serve.” Highlights from Tenet’s report for 2011 include: Tenet gave $530 million in care to the uninsured, paid $126… Full Story

Jeff Reecer Named President of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen

Jeff Reecer has been named president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen. He previously was vice president of operations at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, where he worked for 11 years. Steve Hanson, executive vice president and North Zone operations leader for Texas Health Resources, said, “Jeff hit the ground running by developing relationships with key physicians when he became interim president at Texas Health Allen this summer.” The Allen hospital is a 73-bed full service facility. Services include surgery, emergency room, women’s, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, and wound care. Reecer’s experience… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.18.12)

Sleeping in on the weekends doesn’t catch people up on sleep lost during the week, but only makes them sleepier on Monday morning, according to a UT Southwestern study.

Sodium intake in children and teens has reached an alarmingly high rate, according to the American Heart Association, causing high blood pressure to affect more young people.

Women with anorexia nervosa perceive themselves differently than those without, according to a recent study on brain pathways by researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas and UT Southwestern.

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ patient medical records program reached its millionth user last month, two years after its launch. EHR vendors look to this program as they prepare for stage two of the federal program that requires physicians to offer patients the ability to download their health information. Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.17.12)

The American Heart Association and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. have teamed up to perform research to find the best practices in workplace wellness.

The Altarum Institute’s says the national health spending increase of 4.2 percent is low compared to last year’s figure.

The Health Resources and Services Administration has decided to continue its relationship with Apexus by renewing for another year.

American Medical News offers strategies for physicians and practice managers to promote their practices beyond Twitter and Facebook. Here are its six top tips. Full Story

Local Execs Team Up to Create Employee Engagement Tool for Healthcare Companies

Two Dallas-Fort Worth healthcare executives have created an interactive tool to help executives improve employee morale and the corporate culture of their companies. Britt Berrett, president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, and Paul Spiegelman, CEO of The Beryl Cos. in Bedford, have created CultureIQ (CIQ), and plan to publish a book Patients Come Second: Leading Change By Changing The Way You Lead next March. The book includes interviews with leading healthcare CEOs. The Culture IQ survey calculates an initial score aimed at ultimately improving the patient experience. The 10-question quiz allows hospitals to measure how employees view the company, and… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.14.12)

UT Southwestern has been chosen as one of 25 sites for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials, or NeuroNEXT, that may lead them to receive $1.4 million in NINDS aid over the next seven years.

Extended doctors’ office hours are linked to a ten percent dip in healthcare costs for patients, according to an annual government survey.

Medical groups sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to halt Medicare provider cuts that, along with the expiration of the sustainable growth rate fix for Medicare are slated to take effect Jan. 1.

The American Heart Association has released a study concluding that mini strokes can lead to serious disability, highlighting that it occurs with conditions that doctors often consider too mild to treat with drugs.

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Parkland Psychiatric Ward Reopens After Renovations

Patients have returned to an upgraded psychiatric emergency department today at Parkland Memorial Hospital, following a month-long renovation. The observation facility doubled in size, from 595 square feet to 1,197 square feet. As part of renovation, there was a reduction in the number of seclusion rooms. In first half of 2011, the average seclusion rate was 15.2 percent. The average for the past three months is now 0.69 percent; more than a 95 percent decrease. Patients also have access to areas where they can enjoy quiet time away from others but are still in an open, safe environment. “The improvements… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.13.12)

The Red Cross has launched its Young Professionals Auxiliary for volunteers ages 21-30 in Dallas.

The American Hospital Association reports that up to 766,000 healthcare and related jobs could be lost by 2021 as a result of the 2 percent sequester of Medicare spending.

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has announced a $67 million expansion to its Sierra Providence East Medical Center in El Paso.

All 12 Baylor Health System facilities are eliminating sugar-sweetened sodas and unhealthy snacks from on-site cafés and vending machines, with hopes of setting a healthy example for visitors. Full Story

THR’s Alliance Hospital Set to Open Next Week

When Alliance area resident Megan Brooks went into labor last November, she had to fight the Interstate-35W morning rush-hour traffic  to make her way to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. “It took about an hour to drive 15 miles,” she said. Brooks was traveling on what has become the most congested piece of freeway in Texas—I-35W from I-30 to State Highway 183, according to a TxDOT report. It now even surpasses traffic on I-635 between I35-E and U.S. 75 Central Expressway. The Alliance area population in north Fort Worth more than doubled between 2000 and 2010, adding more… Full Story