Officials say Baylor Scott & White, Memorial Hermann Merger Will Reduce Costs

Two of the largest nonprofit health systems in Texas have signed a letter of intent to merge into a combined entity. Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann Health System say they are coming together to increase integrated and cost-effective healthcare that is focused on the consumer. The two systems provide care in 30 counties across the state and employ more than 73,000 Texans. They encompass 68 hospitals, more than 1,100 care delivery sites, 14,000 independent and academic physicians, two health plans, and nearly 10 million patient interactions each year. Baylor Scott & White brings 49 hospitals and 1,000 access… Full Story

An Amputee And The Cost Of A Medevac

Doctors amputated Dr. Naveed Khan’s arm after injuries from an ATV crash along the Red River near Wichita Falls, Texas, and his case is a microcosm of the tension between insurance and air ambulance companies. Khan is a 35-year-old radiologist who was enjoying an ATV ride with his friend when he tipped the vehicle and gashed his arm, according to KERA. They rushed to the United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, but he needed to be treated at a trauma center as quickly as possible. The severity of the injury required the medevac ride, according to Dr. Rajesh Gandhi,… Full Story

Medical City Plano Adds Single-Dose Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

A new treatment at Medical City Plano is reducing breast cancer treatment from eight weeks to eight minutes. For early-stage breast cancer patients, the new procedure involves surgery and radiation using iCAD’s Xoft Electronic Brachytherapy System. The FDA-approved treatment uses a miniaturized x-ray to deliver a precise, concentrated dose of radiation to a tumor site directly after surgery, or lumpectomy. The radiation treats the remaining tumor that wasn’t removed during the surgery. The treatment isn’t limited to breast cancer, but can be used for non-melanoma skin cancer and gynecological cancer as well. Worldwide, more than 10,000 patients have been successfully treated.… Full Story

Children’s Medical Center Plano Reaches Its 10-Year Anniversary

Children’s Medical Center Plano reached a milestone this week, marking a decade since the local health network expanded to the northern suburbs. For the celebration, staff and guests were joined by some of the hospital’s earliest pediatric cancer patients, who shared their journey. The hospital grew quickly over the last ten years, as Dallas’ suburban sprawl reached far beyond the hospital. Between 2008 and the end of 2017, the hospital’s emergency department took in over 322,000 visits and performed 52,000 surgeries. In its first year, they experienced 17,000 visits to the emergency department, and there were 49,000 this year alone.… Full Story

Dallas-Based Steward Health Care Ratifies Labor Deal With Ohio Nurses

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

Parkland Foundation CEO Who Led Hospital’s Largest Fundraiser Ever To Retire in 2019

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 Has A New Nurse-Assisting Robot

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 Closes Hospital In Ohio

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

A Dallas Company Is Going After Exorbitant Air Ambulance Bills

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 To Build Freestanding ER in White Settlement

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.