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.

Eating Recovery Center Opening New Facility in Plano

The Denver-based Eating Recovery Center has signed on a 100,000-square-foot space in Plano, the Dallas Morning News reports. The DMN says its a three-story building on Legacy Drive, just west of Preston Road. The Eating Recovery Center provides treatment for things like anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, and others, according to its website. The center has six Texas locations, including a smaller office in Plano and facilities in Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and The Woodlands.

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

Texas Health Exploring Sports Medicine Collaboration with Qatar Sports Complex Developer

Texas Health Resources has entered an agreement with Qatar-based Aspire Zone Foundation to explore a North Texas partnership. A news release from the Arlington-based health system says the partnership would expand its sports medicine services and create a “center of excellence” in North Texas. The memorandum of understanding, signed on Wednesday, does not necessarily promise future collaboration. A Texas Health representative said there’s no timeline on next steps and that the details of how a partnership would present itself are yet to be determined. The spokesperson didn’t say where a center of excellence might be located or what it would… 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

Texas Oncology Consolidates Its Fort Worth Presence With A New, 100,000 SF Facility

Texas Oncology has opened a new facility in Fort Worth’s medical district. The new place is a consolidation of three other Texas Oncology locations within the city and brings medical, gynecologic, and radiation oncology services under one roof, the organization says. A bit more: Texas Oncology occupies three of the four floors of the new 100,000 square foot building at 500 South Henderson Street, developed by Cambridge Holdings, Inc. The project includes an adjacent parking garage with free parking for patients and caregivers. With construction of the larger center concluded this summer, Texas Oncology followed through on plans to consolidate… 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

Two UT Southwestern Faculty Members Receive Endocrine Society Laureate Awards

A couple of UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty members learned this week that they’re winners of heralded Laureate Awards from the Endocrine Society. Dr. Helen Hobbs, director of the Eugene Mcdermott Center for Human Growth and Development, takes home the 2019 Gerald D. Aurbach Award for Outstanding Translational Research. It’s the latest in a very decorated stretch for Hobbs, whose work led to the development of a new class of drugs for treating high cholesterol by identifying how certain genetic variants impact cardiometabolic health. Carole Mendelson, a professor of biochemistry and obstetrics and gynecology, receives the Sidney H. Ingbar Distinguished… Full Story

Announcing: A D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel on How North Texas Is Competing to Stay on the Cutting Edge of Cancer Care

With investment in cancer research continuing to expand the types of treatment available to cancer patients, it’s as important—and as challenging—as ever for providers in North Texas and beyond to stay on the cutting edge. We’re introducing a D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel that will explore how this region is competing to do just that, featuring some of the biggest names in cancer care across Dallas-Fort Worth. We’ll run through some specific research and treatments pumping new life into cancer care here, and we’ll discuss the overall approach that providers are taking. With cancer care in constant evolution, how do… 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