Medical City Arlington Opens A Level 3 NICU

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

Early Named CEO of USMD Hospital at Fort Worth

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 Expands HELP Program To An Additional Nine Campuses

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

Med City Fort Worth Recertified for Spine Surgery

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.

Medical City Names a CEO in Weatherford

Sean Kamber will be the next chief executive at Medical City Weatherford. Kamber is a previous chief operating officer at the hospital, serving in that role from 2014 through 2017 before the hospital was brought under Medical City Healthcare. For the last year, he’s served as vice president of rural and community outreach for the Gulf Coast division of Medical City’s parent, HCA Healthcare. As Weatherford Regional’s COO, Kamber spurred higher CMS hospital scores, grew admissions and surgery, and completed a joint venture for an imaging center. He has a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University… Full Story

Methodist Dallas Names New President as Previous Leader Becomes System’s CMO

Methodist Health System has a new leader at its flagship Dallas hospital. John Phillips, who has been the head of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center for the last seven years, officially took his perch at Methodist Dallas Medical Center on Monday. Phillips takes over for Dr. Martin Koonsman, who has moved up the chain to become the system’s chief medical officer. In Mansfield, Phillips grew the hospital to 254 beds and helped it gain a Level 3 trauma designation as well as a Magnet designation, given to top performing hospitals for nursing. “John is highly engaged and highly regarded in the… Full Story

Grand Jury Indicts Tyler Nurse on Capital Murder, Additional Aggravated Assault Charges

The Tyler nurse who allegedly injected air into patients’ arterial lines with serious or fatal results has been indicted by a grand jury on capital murder and three aggravated assault charges. William George Davis has now been indicted on a total of seven charges: five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one for murder, and one for capital murder. The capital murder charge—which is punishable by the death penalty—relates to murder of multiple persons, according to the online record of the case. Police said when they first announced the arrest that they were investigating seven different incidents from… Full Story

Irving-based Christus Enters Joint Venture in Louisiana

Christus Health and Ochsner Health System have struck an agreement to add Ochsner as a minority owner to Christus Health Southwestern Louisiana, the two sides said this week. Two hospitals, a charitable foundation, an ambulatory surgery center, imaging centers, and clinics will be involved in the joint venture. Irving-based Christus will manage the hospitals while Ochsner—the largest non-profit, academic health system in Louisiana—manages physician and clinical operations. The announcement hints at growth in the area, saying the joint venture “will also be responsible for all future health care facilities and services operated by the two health systems in the Lake… Full Story

Parkland Re-verified as Adult and Pediatric Burn Center

Parkland Health & Hospital System has been re-verified as a burn center by the American Burn Association and the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. Verification involves a stringent process that requires that a hospital is able to provide care from the pre-hospital phase through the rehab process. Parkland remains the only verified burn center in North Texas and one of just 62 in North America. The Parkland Burn Center was established in 1962, and it’s the second largest civilian burn center in the country. About 2,200 patients go through the center each year.

Children’s Health Partners with National Chain To Open First of Several Urgent Care Centers

Children’s Health is opening a pediatric urgent care center on Monday as part of a partnership with PM Pediatrics that will span several facilities. The location in The Colony will serve as the first Children’s Health PM Urgent Care location, with another facility set to follow this year (in addition to The Colony, PM Pediatrics lists McKinney as a “coming soon” site here). A spokesperson said additional practices will open during 2019. PM Pediatrics is the largest provider of specialized pediatric urgent care in the U.S., according to a news release from Children’s Health. The company has more than 30… Full Story