THR and Premier Inc. Form Joint Supply Chain Venture

Texas Health Resources and Premier Inc have partnered to form a supply chain organization called Texas Health Supply Chain Services in an attempt to manage costs. THR’s 26 hospitals and numerous other facilities have worked with healthcare services company Premier for more than 20 years, but they will be more intertwined with the new joint venture. Premier connects more than 4,000 hospitals and health systems in the U.S. and about 165,999 other providers and organizations to provide analytics, supply chain solutions, consulting and other services. The two companies hope to reduce costs and inefficiencies with the partnership. “As we focus… Full Story

Medical City Lewisville Accredited For Bariatric Surgery Program

Medical City Lewisville was recognized as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a nod toward patient safety and care for patients with severe obesity. The Medical City Lewisville program approaches each patient’s case with a multidisciplinary program in addition to surgical procedures in order to try and improve outcomes and long-term success rates. According to the National Institutes of Health, severe obesity effects about one in every 25 Americans and increases risk factors in almost all other areas of health. Through metabolic and bariatric surgery, it is possible to address and reduce… Full Story

Update: Tenet Healthcare Foundation Donates $350,000 to Support El Paso

Update: Tenet Healthcare presented a $350,000 donation to the El Paso Community Foundation after originally pledging $100,000 with  $50,000 to match employee contributions. Tenet Healthcare’s employees and business partners exceeded the original goal.  Tenet Healthcare has made a $350,000 contribution to support the victims and families following the mass shooting in an El Paso Walmart over the weekend. Tenet has 5,300 employees in El Paso, and operates four The Hospitals of Providence facilities as well as 50 outpatient clinics and other care facilities. The donation is made on behalf of The Hospitals of Providence, Tenet’s United Surgical Partners International and Conifer… Full Story

Texas Supreme Court Will Hear Ebola Suit Against Texas Health Dallas

The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear the lawsuit filed by an Ohio bridal shop against Texas Health Dallas. When a nurse visited the bridal shop after contracting Ebola from a patient at the hospital, the lawsuit claims the nurse’s visit resulted in the closing of the shop. Amber Vinson was part of the team of nurses that attended to Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in October 2014, and released the nurses days after Duncan’s death, according to a Texas court document. Following Duncan’s treatment and death, Vinson, who was newly engaged at the time, traveled to… Full Story

12 North Texas Hospitals Honored for Premier Women’s Care

Healthgrades has recognized 12 Dallas-Fort Worth area hospitals for outstanding women’s services in their 2019 Women’s Care Awards. Medical City Dallas and Medical City Children’s Hospital, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, and Baylor Surgical Hospital at Las Colinas were among the group of hospitals selected to be honored in this year’s awards. In total, nine Medical City facilities were recognized for outstanding women’s care. Honorees are recognized for their superior performance in three areas of women’s services; obstetrics and gynecology, labor and delivery, and gynecology surgery. Each of the aforementioned hospitals received a 5-star rating in one… Full Story

JPS Has One of the Busiest ERs in the Country – And it’s Growing

Earlier this year, news outlets reported that John Peter Smith hospital in Fort Worth declared a Code Yellow due to high volume. While the emergency department at JPS is almost always crowded, an expansion is in the works. It turns out, being inundated with patients is somewhat the norm for the county hospital, according to Dr. Jessica Kirby, Medical Director of the JPS Emergency Department. They spend around 90 percent of their time in crowded status, which is below code yellow. Code Yellow is reserved for a pending emergency, a missing patient, severe weather or another emergency. But why was JPS on… Full Story

TPC Names New CEO and President

TPC named Roger Nolan as the healthcare group’s new president and chief executive officer.  TPC is a partnership of healthcare providers that work together so that they can have the financial and operational benefits of a single system without having to sacrifice independence. Nolan will begin his role in September. Nolan has been in the healthcare industry for over 30 years and most recently worked as a principal in business development and practice operations with the Irving-based company Vizient. He has experience with TPC, as he led the MedAssets team that was assigned to the TPC account from a previous… Full Story

Andy Stern Honored with DFW Hospital Council Service Award

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has awarded Andy Stern with the Distinguished Health Service Award. The managing director of Club Oaks Consulting, board member of AMN Healthcare, and co-chair of Medical City Healthcare will be recognized for his commitment and generosity toward North Texas healthcare. In a career that includes being a staff assistant to President Gerald R. Ford in 1975, Stern was also on the board at Dallas Medical Resource and chaired the board of Texas Healthcare Trustees. Other work includes being on the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance, founding chairman of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, and… Full Story

Texas Health Alliance Recognized By Joint Commission For Cardiac Care

The Joint Commission honored Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance with the Gold Seal of Approval for Chest Pain Certification for safe and effective cardiac care. The recognition is awarded to organizations that provide customized clinical programs and analyze clinical outcomes to improve care, along with advising patients and caregivers about how best to care for patients at home. “Unfortunately, cardiovascular disease is the cause of one of every three deaths in the United States,” said Dr. Michael Duran, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Alliance, via release. “With cardiovascular disease significantly impacting men and women across the… Full Story

UT Southwestern is DFW’s Top Hospital Once Again

UT Southwestern Medical Center is the No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth for the third year in a row, according to U.S. News and World Report‘s 2019-2020 annual Best Hospitals listing, which also ranked UTSW as the second best hospital in Texas. Baylor University Medical Center is No. 2 in DFW, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is No. 3 in the region. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital- Fort Worth came in at No. 4. while Medical City Dallas, Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center- Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital South West tied for the… Full Story