Clements University Hospital Named a Rising Star Again

William P. Clements University Hospital has once again been recognized for its quality and safety, receiving the Vizient Quality Leadership Rising Star Award earlier this week. The award recognizes academic medical centers that improve their year-over-year rankings in Vizient’s accountability study, which looked at safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness, and equity of care. Clements is no stranger to recognition, as they were named the number one hospital in Dalllas and number two hospital in Texas by U.S. News and World Report in August’s Best Hospitals ranking. The hospital was also named a Rising Star by the University Healthcare Consortium in 2015.… Full Story

Guilty Plea in Fraud Case From Forest Park Surgeon and Founder

Dr. Wade Neal Barker admitted to being part of a $200 million fraud, bribery and kick back scheme in federal court on Friday, the The Texas Lawbook reports. The bariatric surgeon helped found the since-closed Forest Park Medical Center. Barker is the seventh of the 21 indicted officials associated with the chain of luxury hospitals to admit guilt, according to the The Texas Lawbook. Barker is accused of handing out $40 million in bribes to cooperating doctors. As a founder with access to sources and documents, Barker’s plea may pay dividends for the prosecution. He could end up with a sentence of… Full Story

Is the Healthcare Industry Ready for the Digital Transformation?

In Nintex’s State of Intelligent Process Automation Study, the company looked at various industries ability to handle and take advantage of the oncoming digital transformation and automation, and the healthcare industry is not particularly confident that it’s IT departments can handle the transition. Nintex works in workflow automation and intelligent process automation, and they conducted a “survey of 450 U.S. decision makers directly involved in their organizations’ digital transformation strategies and a survey of 650 U.S. line of business employees,” according to the report. When Nintex asked healthcare companies if their IT departments were extremely prepared to handle the technology… Full Story

Chicago-based Law Firm Opening a Healthcare Practice in Dallas

Chicago-based Katten Muchin Roseman is expanding its presence in Dallas with a newly added healthcare practice, according to The Texas Lawbook. The firm employs more than 600 lawyers across 14 US offices, London, and Shanghai. Katten snagged Lisa Atlas Genecov, a former partner at Norton Rose Fulbright who was in charge of healthcare transactions, and Cheryl Camin Murray, who was a partner at Winstead and a shareholder in their healthcare industry group. Kenya S. Woodruff, who will also join the healthcare team, focuses on the creation and maintenance of healthcare facilities for various medical providers. Katten opened its Dallas branch in February,… Full Story

Taking Stock of How DFW’s NICUs Stack Up

In 2013, state legislators passed a bill that required the Department of Health and Human Services to rate the ability of Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) to care for critically ill newborns here in Texas. After the hospitals apply for a certain level of care, ranging from more or less healthy premature babies in Level I to babies who need life support in Level IV, a team from the American Academy of Pediatrics or Texas Perinatal Services, a division of the nonprofit Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation, visits the hospitals and gives their rating recommendation rating to the… Full Story

Baylor Scott and White Leaving Bryan Tower on Heels of Merger

After announcing a merger this week with Houston healthcare provider Memorial Hermann, Baylor Scott and White will be leaving their space in Bryan Tower downtown, the Dallas Business Journal reports. “The employees that are in (Bryan Tower) are part of the consolidation,” Baylor CEO Jim Hinton told the Dallas Business Journal. “When the new building is opened, we will be moving them.” Without Baylor, the  downtown Dallas 40-story, 1.1 million-square-foot office tower is likely to go into default, the Dallas Business Journal reports. Meanwhile, Baylor is building a new $70 million office building near Deep Ellum that is likely to be… Full Story

Leaders Celebrate New Texas Health Resources and Adventist Health System Mansfield Facility

Construction begins later this month for a $150 million, 95-bed community hospital in Mansfield, which should be complete by 2020. Around 200 community leaders celebrated with Texas Health Resources and Adventist Health System representatives this week at a kick-off event. Texas Health Mansfield will include a 24/7 emergency room, general surgery, women’s care, orthopedics, and interventional cardiology. Primary care and specialty practices will be in an 80,000-square-foot medical office building. It will be the second major Texas Health facility in Mansfield, as the Texas Health Recovery and Wellness Center is a drug treatment center that is located three miles north of the… Full Story

Inside Medical City Frisco’s New Women’s Services Facility

Women and babies will be able to receive care at Medical City Frisco later this month when the $21.6 million women’s services facility opens. It will include 13 delivery and recovery rooms, a six-bed, Level II neonatal intensive care unit, three operating rooms, and a 10-bed nursery. Area women can tour the new facility at an event on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5-7:30 p.m., where they can meet OB-GYN physicians and learn about breastfeeding support, childbirth, and free infant CPR classes. The opening of the women’s unit is part of a $1.7 billion investment across the Medical City’s network of healthcare facilities over… Full Story

New Name and Headquarters For Baylor Scott and White, Memorial Hermann?

The short answers to those questions are 1) Yes, there will be a new name, but they don’t know what it will be just yet, and 2) There are no plans for a new combined headquarters. Dallas’s Baylor Scott and White and Houston-based Memorial Hermann have signed a letter of intent to merge, combining the two health networks into one system that will span Dallas, Houston, Austin, and Temple, accounting for $14.4 billion in revenue, according to Modern Healthcare. At a press conference Monday afternoon, four of the leaders from the two systems discussed the merger and answered questions from… Full Story

Texas Health Aetna Hopes to Reduce Drug Costs Through Data and Education

Texas Health Aetna’s new campaign hopes to educate physicians on inexpensive versions of drugs to reduce healthcare costs across the board. Called Go-to Green, the health insurance provider is using data to find cheaper prescription options. Texas Health Aetna’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Delanor Doyle says that the company utilizes data from Texas Health Resources and Aetna to find out what drugs are being prescribed by which physicians and to whom in their netowrk. If they are aware of a medicine that is equally effective and cheaper, they will contact the physicians and let them know about the more inexpensive… Full Story