Hospital operator Steward Health Care reached a deal with hospital nurses after the company closed the Northside Regional Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Due to low patient volume, the hospital shut down last week, impacting 468 employees at the facility. The nurse’s union in Ohio negotiated severance packages for the 188 nurses who work there, according to the Youngstown Tribune Chronicle. “Due to the terms of this agreement, we cannot discuss further details,” said Molly Homan, director of communications for the Ohio Nurses Association. As the closing of the hospital approached, Union officials said in August that they hoped to secure packages… Full Story
The president and CEO of Parkland Health & Hospital System’s philanthropic arm will retire next year. David Krause, who’s had that perch since 2005, will officially step down in the fall of 2019. Krause headed the Parkland Foundation during its most ambitious project to date, a $150-million fundraise for the new Parkland Memorial Hospital, which opened in August 2015. The foundation is nearing its goal on a new comprehensive breast center, as well—it has $4 million left on a $40 million goal on the Moody Center for Breast Health, expected to open in 2021. Prior to joining the Parkland Foundation,… Full Story
Texas Health Dallas will soon deploy, on a pilot basis, a new artificial intelligence-fueled nurse-assisting robot named Moxi, which the system says could help it free up its nursing and other staff members to do the more important work. Texas Health Resources will first explore whether Moxi, built by Austin company Diligent Robotics, can effectively ease the burden in a neurology and stroke unit in Dallas. From Texas Health: On a typical day, someone on the nursing or support staff at Texas Health Dallas may have to fill shelves in supply rooms, set up and stock patient rooms, run labs… Full Story
Dallas-based Steward Health Care has officially closed the doors to its Ohio-based Northside Regional Medical Center. The hospital operator, which recently moved its headquarters to Dallas, said in August that it would shutter the operation due to declining patient volumes. Monday was the last day that the hospital accepted ambulances and admissions in the ER and labor and delivery units. Thursday at 12:01 a.m., the hospital officially closed. The move impacts 468 employees, Becker’s Hospital Review reports. “Despite continued investment, Northside Regional Medical Center remains significantly under-utilized — as it has been for many years,” Steward said, as Becker’s reports.… Full Story
While some lawmakers at the federal level push for oversight to curb the enormous air ambulance bills that have grabbed headlines over the last few years, a Dallas company says it has a regulation-free solution. Founded three years ago, Alacura has inserted itself as a middle man between providers—which typically have no financial skin in the game—and commercial insurance companies, which have caught flack for their willingness to pay for only a relatively small portion of transport-related bills, leaving patients with balances that sail into the tens of thousands of dollars. Alacura has been able to cut deals with transport… Full Story
Medical City Healthcare is putting a freestanding emergency department in White Settlement, a stand-alone center that will be affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth. The 11,600-square-foot facility will have 12 treatment rooms, a full lab, and X-ray and CT capabilities. It will be called Medical City ER White Settlement and is expected to open in spring 2019. White Settlement is about 10 miles west of downtown Fort Worth. Medical City is holding a groundbreaking on Thursday. The facility is at 9650 White Settlement Road in Fort Worth.
Medical City Arlington will undergo the delicate task of transferring some of its most vulnerable patients to a new unit this week. The 382-bed hospital has officially opened the doors to a new neonatal intensive care unit. The NICU has received a level III designation from the state. It has 36 beds and 15 private rooms for families. It also has a couple overnight rooms, private family lounge, secluded work spaces, and provides a 24/7 live stream. It’s Medical City Arlington’s second phase of an expansion to its Women’s Hospital, which should be all done by spring 2019. Phase one… Full Story
USMD Hospital at Fort Worth has named Kathy Early its chief executive officer and chief nursing officer. Early has been serving in those roles on an interim basis since June, and was the vice president of patient services at USMD Hospital at Arlington prior to that. She was that hospital’s nurse manager of surgical services before the promotion and has also served as a head nurse, staff RN, and clinical coordinator. “Kathy is a highly seasoned health care executive who brings tremendous experience to this position,” said Dr. Richard Johnston, chief executive officer and chief physician officer of USMD Health… Full Story
Texas Health Resources’ Healthy Education and Lifestyles Program (HELP) will be expanding to nine locations over the North Texas area by the end of October. The program provides resources and education for those that lack healthcare support and assists uninsured patients by managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, high cholesterol, and hypertension. The HELP program first launched at Texas Health Azle in 2012, with a mission to make high-quality healthcare more accessible to North Texans. Each month, patients are seen in groups of four, providing a support system for people living with chronic diseases. The program costs… Full Story
The Joint Commission has granted Medical City Fort Worth a recertification in spine surgery. The hospital received the commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. The commission was on site in August to review Medical City Fort Worth’s compliance with national disease-specific care standards and requirements for spine surgery. The Gold Seal also takes into account clinical practice guidelines and performance measures. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community,” Medical City Fort Worth CEO Jyric Sims said in a statement.