North Texas City is One of the Least Stressed in the Country

Plano was ranked 12 the sixth least city in the country, according to a WalletHub study ranking 182 American cities from most to least stressed. Dallas ranked as the 46th most stressed city in the study.  The results were determined by four categories of stress: work, financial, family, and health and safety. Irving, Grand Prairie, Arlington, Garland, and Fort Worth were also included in the study and ranked in the less stressful half of the 182 cities. Irving came in at 149, Grand Prairie at 122, Arlington at 106, Garland at 103, and Fort Worth at 100. Although Plano is only… Full Story

Medical City Fort Worth Maintains Stroke Center Certification

Medical City Fort Worth has earned a recertification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, confirming that the hospital has the staff, services, and expertise to treat stroke patients who need the highest levels of surgical and medical care. CSC is awarded after an on-site visit that makes sure the facility meets the requirements of the CMS Conditions of Participation for Hospitals, Guidelines of the Brain Attack Coalition, and recommendations of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The 320-bed comprehensive care hospital was the first in Tarrant County to receive the designation in 2013. “Medical City Fort Worth is dedicated to providing the… Full Story

Blue Cross to Gift $1.6 Million to Address Social Determinants in Texas

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is gifting more than $1.6 million to 17 community-based organizations all over the state to address social determinants of health like access, transportation, housing, and job opportunities. Research continues to show that one’s healthcare is largely influenced by factors outside a hospital or doctor’s office, and for organizations who end up paying or providing healthcare to those who suffer from poor housing, food insecurity, or other determinants, investing in wellness through social factors is both a benefit to the community and the budget. BCBS of Texas and other organizations have continually made grants to… Full Story

Methodist Hospital for Surgery Receives Center of Excellence Designation

Methodist Hospital for Surgery has been named an Orthopaedic Center of Excellence DNV GL Healthcare, an international certification and accrediting organization. The designation is in recognition of the hospitals diagnostic services, surgical services, and therapies related to orthopedic care. Methodist Hospital for Surgery is an ambulatory center that connects local surgeons to the Methodist Health System, treating spine, joint disease, and trauma. The honor is achieved by being certified in spine, shoulder, and hip and knee replacement surgery based on requirements set forth by DNV GL Healthcare. DNV GL operates in more than 100 countries and has 16,000 employees worldwide. “This… Full Story

Virtual Visits with CVS’ MinuteClinic Arrive in Texas

CVS Heath’s MinuteClinic has arrived in Texas. Patients can use their mobile device or computer to see a provider at any time for minor illnesses, injuries, skin conditions and other needs through virtual visits.   The pharmacy and retail giant is adding telemedicine to its retail medical clinics in Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma as well. For patients who chose to receive a telehealth visit during the program’s pilot phase, 95 percent were highly satisfied  with the convenience and care according to a CVS Health study. The pilot launched in August of last year in a partnership with… Full Story

VC Funding of Digital Health is Higher than Ever

Global venture capital funding for digital health companies in 2019 increased in quarter one and quarter two relative to last year, reaching $5.1 billion for the first half of 2019, according to a Mercom Capital Group report. In the first half of 2019, 14 digital health funding deals originated in Texas, raising nearly $162 million for companies in the Lone Star State. Eight acquisitions of Texas digital health companies took place over the same period, according to the report. Digital health VC investment was slightly higher than last year, totaling $5.1 billion with 318 deals in the first half of… Full Story

Holmes Murphy Adds VP of Business Development

Don Harrison will be Holme’s Murphy’s Vice President of Business Development for South and Central Texas, as the largest employee-owned broker in the country looks to to expand client relationships in the region. “After spending nearly a decade working with Don in the past, I’m thrilled to get another opportunity to join forces. With the goal of building the most talented brokerage and consulting team in the industry, there is no better leader than Don,” said Travis Brashear, Vice President, South and Central Texas Market Leader via release. “He has built his career on finding solutions based on the needs of his clients and… Full Story

A Staff Shortage Will Suspend Labor and Delivery at Texas Health Stephenville

Departures and retirements from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville will cause the hospital to temporarily suspend labor and delivery services in mid-August. Texas Health Stephenville President Christopher Leu said that the hospital plans to reopen labor and delivery, and is currently investing $570,000 to renovate and upgrade the unit. The hospital is also undergoing a $2.65 million renovation to the kitchen and cafe. The staff shortage is reflective of a larger trend in rural Texas healthcare. A Merritt Hawkins study showed that only one percent of medical residents would prefer to live in communities of less than 10,000 people,… Full Story

UNTHSC Researcher Will Lead National Opioid Crisis Steering Committee

Scott Walters has been named Steering Committee Chair of the HEALing Communities Study, an aggressive effort to find solutions that will put a stop to the national opioid crisis. Walters is Regents Professor and Chair of Health Behavior at the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health. The study is a part of the National Institutes of Health HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-Term) Initiative, which is currently backed by more than $350 million in support. “My role as Steering Committee Chair will be like that of a stage manager,” says Walters, per release. “To keep track of all aspects… Full Story

Report: Specialists in Demand Amidst Decrease in Calls for Primary Care

Healthcare facilities are looking for more specialists and fewer primary care physicians, according to an annual report from Merritt Hawkins tracking physicians starting salaries and other recruiting patterns. An aging population reveals shortages of both specialist and primary care physicians in years ahead. The report arrives as numerous data points suggest the importance of primary care physicians in reducing overall healthcare costs and avoiding unnecessary and often costly treatment performed by specialists. The 2019 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives analyzed results from a survey of 3,131 physician and advanced practitioners conducted over the last year. Merritt Hawkins is a… Full Story