Competitive Sports and Cutting-Edge Medicine Go Hand in Hand in Collin County

In booming Collin County, the race to attract athletes is only matched by the medical industry’s growth to get those athletes back on the field when they get injured. Partnerships between club sports, professional teams, olympic powerhouses, and the healthcare providers make for an ever-changing web of relationships between residents, athletics and the hospitals that bring them together. Shayley Planas is one of the most promising gymnasts at World Olympic Gymnastic Academy, a Plano and Allen-based gym that has produced gold medalists such as Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson. She is just 11, but she has her eyes on the… Full Story

Lawsuit Accuses Timberlawn Hospital of Negligence in Teenage Rape

A lawsuit alleges that a 13-year-old girl was raped by a 17-year old fellow patient at the since-closed Timberlawn psychiatric hospital, reports the Dallas Morning News. The father of the girl brought the suit against the hospital in Dallas County court. He says his daughter, who was being treated for depression, is still disturbed about the assault and still needs medical treatment. Universal Health Services, Timberlawn’s parent company, declined to comment according to DMN. The 144-bed hospital voluntarily closed last year after the state threatened to fine the facility and take away its licenses due to concerns about patient safety.… Full Story

New Chief Oncology Officer at Baylor Scott and White

Dr. Ronan Kelly will be Baylor Scott and White Health’s North Texas chief of oncology. He  will also be the medical director of Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Dallas. In addition to traditional cancer treatment in nearly every cancer sub-type, the medical center offers a holistic approach to treating canter including psychological support, personalized rehabilitation programs, dietary consulting, arts, and music therapy. “After an extensive national search, Dr. Kelly stood out as the candidate to help anchor the future of cancer care at Baylor Scott & White Health in North Texas as well as across the state,” said… Full Story

Methodist Health System CEO Retires Ahead of Schedule

Methodist Health System President and CEO Dr. Stephen Mansfield is stepping down next week after a January announcement said he would retire at the end of the year. Mansfield has led the organization since 2006, and he will be replaced by interim CEO James Scoggin Jr., who retired as President of the North Texas Division of HCA in 2013. Pam Stoyanoff, who was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Methodist Health System, will move into the role of President and retain her role as COO. Methodist Health System has quadrupled in size since 2006 and is the largest employer… Full Story

Meet Baylor Scott and White Health System’s New Chief Financial Officer

Penny Cermak is Baylor Scott and White’s new executive vice president and system chief financial officer after being promoted from within the organization. Cermak joined Baylor Scott and White in 2012 and has served in several leadership roles, including senior vice president of financial services, CFO of Central Texas, and was most recently CFO os hospitals, clinics, research, education, foundations, joint ventures, debt, and the Baylor Scott and White Quality Alliance. Prior to the merger between Baylor and Scott and White in 2013, she worked to integrate financial systems and processes and helped standardize operational and financial practices. Her work… Full Story

New Cath Labs at Texas Health Dallas Will Aid Cardiogenic Shock

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has two new lab suites to care for patients with cardiovascular illnesses. The $7 million addition will include a cardiac catheterization lab and electrophysiology lab, and bring the total to four cath labs and two EP labs. The labs will aid in diagnostics, interventional procedures, implantable devices, and specific heart measurements around the electrical disruption of the heart. Cardiologists, vascular surgeons, and electrophysiologists at Texas Health Dallas will utilize the labs as the hospital participates in the National Cardiogenic Shock Initiative, which emphasize the placement of the mechanical heart pump and early identification of cardiogenic… Full Story

North Texas Home to the Fortune’s Top Two Employers in Healthcare

Fortune has released is 2019 list of of Best Places to Work in Healthcare and Bio Pharma, and Texas Health Resources took the top spot followed by Encompass Health at number two. This is Texas Health’s fifth consecutive year to top the list. The two organizations have been recognized for numerous categories by Fortune, including the best place to work for women, best place to work in Texas, and Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. The list included other North Texas healthcare employers Texas Rehabilitation Hospital at number 15, and Baylor Scott and White Health at number 34 Rankings are… Full Story

UTSW’s GammaPod Makes Breast Cancer Treatment More Precise

UT Southwestern Medical Center is home to the world’s second GammaPod, which delivers high doses of radiation to a targeted area for treating breast cancer. The technology allows patients to have fewer treatments in less time. A CT scan reveals the tumor’s location, and the GammaPod uses vacuum suction like a breastfeeding pump that immobilizes the breast so that the radiation can target the cancer to within three millimeters without damaging healthy tissue. Radiation is administered while the patient is laying face-down, avoiding radiation that may penetrate the heart or lungs.  Rather than the four to six weeks of treatment… Full Story

Forest Park Fraud Trial Results in Guilty Verdicts for Seven

After four days of deliberations, the jury returned guilty verdicts for seven defendants in the federal bribery case involving Forest Park Medical Center. Though a sentencing date has not been set, defendants face between five to 65 years in prison. Announced by U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater, the jury decided that Wilton Burt, Jackson Jacob, Douglas Sung Won, Michael Rimlawi, Shawn Henry, Mrugeshkumar Shah, and Iris Forrest took part in the conspiracy to pay or receive healthcare bribes. After the verdict announcement, the Dallas Morning News described how Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Pfeifle requested that all defendants be detained on… Full Story

Medical City Women’s Hospital Arlington Opens

This morning marked the grand opening of Medical City Women’s Hospital Arlington, a $60 million facility targeting women’s health. The existing hospital will add two floors, 55 beds, and 125,000 square feet of new and renovated space. Physicians and specially trained staff will treat women at all stages of life, including high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. The new hospital is expected to increase the baby delivery capacity to 5,800 a year, up from 4,300 babies a year before the addition. The hospital will include a postpartum floor with 34 private patient rooms, four spacious women’s premier postpartum suites, 33 women’s services medical… Full Story