Medical City McKinney’s $55 Million Expansion

Medical City McKinney will add a $55 million expansion that includes new patient building and an expanded emergency department. The project will include a two-story facility that may be expanded, 11 private emergency treatment rooms that include two new trauma rooms, 36 private inpatient rooms, and expanded imaging services. The expansion will be built concurrently with the $52 million behavioral health and rehabilitation pavilion that is currently underway. The pavilion will include 20 inpatient rehabilitation rooms, 80 adult and geriatric behavioral health patient rooms, and services at the Wysong campus will be moved to the main campus. The projects are… Full Story

Texas Health HEB Wins Hospital Association Award for Reducing Infections

The labor, delivery and OB/GYN team at Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB Hospital have won the Texas Hospital Association’s Bill Aston Award for Quality for their work preventing infections after C-sections in a non-research and non-teaching hospital, Team manager Carol Wolf hoped to bring the number of surgical site infections at the hospital to less than one percent, and found a different way to dress surgical sites of patients who were more susceptible to infections. “This is really close to my heart because I feel that I’ve contributed to improved quality outcomes for women having Cesarean sections,” Wolf said via release. Wolf… Full Story

How Telehealth is Impacting Employers in Dallas-Fort Worth

Over the last several years, virtual health has grown exponentially in the United States, overcoming political hurdles, legislation, and medical societies fighting tooth and nail to stop its proliferation. Employers are starting to recognize the value of telemedicine as well, with 65 percent of companies offering telemedicine through their health plan. The Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health hosted a luncheon on the current and future state of telemedicine, bringing in a panel of experts on the topic. Moderator Eric Bassett, who is Senior Partner and the Central Market Business Leader for Mercer Health and Benefits, talked about how telemedicine… Full Story

Expert Opinion: Medicare For All

In North Texas, we treat patients in our hospitals who support many cultural doctrines, so we steer clear of political discussion. We always try to advocate for public policy that improves coverage and treatment. We also strive to educate the community on emerging healthcare issues. With that said, let’s discuss the single-payer system. It is a healthcare system where one entity – a single payer – collects all healthcare fees and pays for costs. The most popular “single payer” approach is called “Medicare for All.” While no details on coverage and funding have emerged, the discussion has centered on allowing… Full Story

TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine’s New Surgery Chair

Dr. Rohan Jeyarajah will be the first academic chair of surgery at TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine.where he will oversee planning, operations, and oversight within the surgery department. Jeyarajah is currently the director of Gastrointestinal Surgical Services at Methodist Richardson Medical Center, where he also directs the Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) Surgery Fellowship. His practice focuses on surgery in the pancreas, liver, bile duct, stomach, and esophagus. Born in Sri Lanka, Jeyarajah grew up in Africa before training at the University of Chicago. He was an associate professor at UT Southwestern Medical School, eventually being named to his current position. Author of more than… Full Story

Medical City Plano and Frisco Name Chief Medical Officer

Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco have named Dr. Parikshet Babber to be the new chief medical officer. He arrives after serving as the executive vice president and chief medical officer of Harris Health System in Houston. While in Houstin, Babber managed a $30 million budget and 268 employees, while overseeing quality, accreditation, utilization, patient safety, coding, health information management and medical staff services.  Previously, he was an emergency room physician in the VA Medical Center in Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Babber to our hospitals’ leadership team and to our community,”… Full Story

Two Local Hospitals Named to IBM Watson Health’s Top 100

Since 1993, IBM Watson Health has published an annual study spotlighting the 100 best performing hospitals, and has named Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth to the list.  The study looks at publicly available data for clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metrics. IBM found that the hospitals on its list had better risk-adjusted outcomes while maintaining a lower average cost per patient and a higher profit margin than other hospitals in the study. Winning hospitals had a 24.9 percent higher survival rate, 18.7 fewer complications, 19.3 percent healthcare associated infections, with hospital stays… Full Story

Local Lawmaker Introduces ‘Landmark Legislation’ to Fight Surprise Medical Billing in Texas

North Texas State Senator Kelly Hancock authored Senate Bill 1264 to address surprise billing in the state, prohibiting out-of-network providers from sending surprise bills when patients don’t have a real choice of provider. The bill will make patients responsible for applicable co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles with no additional charges after mediation between the provider and health plan. Data from the Texas Association of Health Plans says that 30 percent of all ER physician services are out of network, even though 65 percent of those services occur at hospitals that are in network. Freestanding emergency rooms account for 83 percent of all out-of-network… Full Story

DFW Leads the Nation in Medical Office Space Growth

Medical office space growth in Dallas-Fort Worth reflects the medical industry’s growth overall.  The region was the leading market for medical office construction from quarter three in 2017 through quarter two in 2018, according to CBRE. Nearly one million square feet of medical office space were added during the period, with 95,000 square feet still under construction. The CBRE report details the growth in Dallas, which  was second only to Houston in medical office space between 2010 and 2018, building 2,739,006 square feet. As medical office building rents rise, national trends show an increase in lower cost and localized outpatient care… Full Story

Medical City and Blue Cross Parent Companies Voted Most Ethical

HCA Healthcare, the parent company of the Medical City hospitals, and Health Care Services Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas’ parent company, were both recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as two of 2019’s World’s Most Ethical Companies. Ethisphere has been evaluating the positive impact of international corporations since 2007, and celebrates the growing influence of value-based leadership, diversity and inclusion, and a constructive use of a company’s voice in corporate operations. The organization believes that financial value and ethics are linked, noting that the companies listed on the most ethical list outperformed companies with large market capitalization by over… Full Story