Baylor Scott and White – Waxahachie is Now a Trauma Center

After an application and review by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Baylor Scott and White Medical Center – Waxahachie is now a Level IV trauma center. The added designation for the acute care facility is reflective of the population and hospital’s growth since being built in 2014. Ellis County grew by eight percent last year, and now has over 130,000 residents. In the past year, the hospital saw over 64,000 emergencies, and is continuing to transition from a small rural hospital to a regional medical center. The hospital has seen double digit growth and has doubled the number… Full Story

Texas Health Hospital Frisco’s First President

Brett Lee will be the first president of Texas Health Hospital Frisco, a collaboration between UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources which is scheduled to open late this year. He arrives after spending most of his career in the pediatric hospital world, most recently serving as the vice president of operations and clinical services at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. The hospital will open with 73 beds, an 24/7 emergency department, surgical services, women’s services, and a neonatal intensive care unit. It will also include an expansion of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute, a multi-specialty center that will have ophthalmology,… Full Story

Children’s Health Purchases 72-Acres in Prosper with Plans for Medical Campus

The nation’s eighth largest pediatric healthcare provider has purchases 72 acres in Prosper with plans to build a medical campus in the quickly growing suburb. The medical center will be just a stone’s throw from Cook Children’s north campus, which is also being built in Prosper and will partly open this fall. The facility will continue Children’s Health northward expansion into Denton County after it opened Children’s Health Plano in 2008. There will be pediatric healthcare services at the site, which is at Highway 380 and the Dallas North Tollway, and will include corporate, hospitality, and retail products on the community… Full Story

Cook Children’s Heads North With Prosper Pediatric Hospital

The battle for northern suburb healthcare supremacy continues, as Cook Children’s will soon expand with a new pediatric hospital in Prosper. The 23-acre campus will be called Cook Children’s Medical Center North, and is already under construction. Cook Children’s already operates several primary care offices in Denton County and Prosper, but the medical center will allow the system to better serve the growing population in the northern suburbs. The center will add primary and urgent care this fall, and an outpatient surgery center, an outpatient specialty center with imaging and lab services in the spring of 2020. Looking further ahead,… Full Story

A New CFO at Medical City Denton

Adam Proctor has been named Chief Financial Officer of Medical City Denton, replacing Miah Stutts, who took a position with Medical City Healthcare’s parent company HCA Healthcare in Virginia. Proctor will be in charge of finance, patient registration, health information management, case management, accounts payable, revenue integrity, and supply chain at the Denton facility. The acute-care hospital has 208 beds and employs more than 850 employees including 300 physicians, and serves Denton, Wise, Cooke and Montague Counties. Proctor has been in the world of accounting and finance for 15 years, and for 13 he has also been in the healthcare industry. He was most recently division… Full Story

Medical City Las Colinas Expands ED with $14 Million Renovation

The Emergency Department at Medical City Las Colinas is adding six patient rooms to the 12-bed unit as part of a $14.5 million renovation project. The expansion to the 100-bed acute care facility also includes a new trauma room, a 64-slice CT scanner dedicated to the emergency room, and an updated waiting area. The improvement is part of a $1.7 billion capital investment over the entire Medical City Healthcare system. Other improvements throughout the system over the past several months have included the opening of Medical City Women’s Hospital Arlington, a $60 million facility targeting women’s health, which added 55 beds… Full Story

Parkland’s First Patient Family Advisory Panel is Already Having Impacts

In order to improve efficiency, safety, quality, and patient satisfaction, Parkland Health and Hospital System formed its first Patient Family Advisory Panel in 2018. Made up of 15 patients, family members, and caregivers, their role is to give voice to the patient in the healthcare system. The role of PFAC will be to share ideas and feedback about health system programs, services, facilities and research with leadership at Parkland. The group’s input has already impacted the literacy level of patient education materials, the ease in which patients can refill prescriptions, and navigating Parkland’s neighborhood health centers with increased signage. “The work… 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

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

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