McKesson Sells Patient Care Solutions to AdaptHealth Corp.

Pennsylvania-based AdaptHealth, the third largest provider of home medical equipment in the country, has closed on the acquisition of Patient Care Solutions from McKesson Corp. Rodney Carson will serve as President of the company, called AdaptHealth Patient Care Solutions. Urological and ostomy products will be added to the company’s portfolio, whose footprint in the wound care, breast pump, incontinence supply and diabetic care markets will also increase with the acquisition. Carson was most recently the CEO of home medical supply company CCS Medical and has nearly two decades in he field. He held leadership in other medical companies, including MDLIVE,… Full Story

NTT DATA Services Acquires Digital Services Provider, Expanding Public Sector Work

Dallas-based technology services firm NTT DATA Services has acquired digital design and transformation company NETE, which provides services for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “NETE has pioneered innovative health technologies and supported the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and disabilities both domestically and internationally. Their digital capabilities and thought leadership enhance the value NTT DATA can deliver to our public sector healthcare clients,” said Tim Conway, President of the Public Sector for NTT DATA Services via release. NETE has more than two decades of experience in digital services, app development, data analytics, cybersecurity, and more,… Full Story

Alliance Family of Companies Rebrands as Stratus

In-home neurodiagnostic testing services provider Alliance Family of Companies has rebranded and consolidated its services as Stratus. Over the last several years, the company has expanded its testing services, including cloud-based software and remote monitoring technology. The company provides software, hardware, and monitoring services for electroencephalogram testing in the home, which can help diagnose epilepsy and other brain disorders. “Alliance Family of Companies has continued to evolve from its roots as Respiratory Sleep Solutions, which was formed in 2006,” said J. Randall Keene chairman and chief executive officer of Stratus via release.“We are proud to be the market leader who has served… Full Story

See Who is on the 2020 DFW Hospital Council Board of Trustees

The 2020 Board of Trustees for the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has been announced. The board governs the 50-year-old 90-hospital and 90-associate trade member organization and is made up of hospital executives from across North Texas. This year’s trustees are below: Chair John Phillips, President, Methodist Dallas Medical Center Chair-Elect David Berry, President System Clinical and Scientific Operations, Children’s Health Past Chair Scott Peek, Senior VP Joint Ventures, Baylor University Medical Center Trustee Blake Kretz, President, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital Trustee, Jessica O’Neal, CEO, Medical City Children’s Hospital Trustee Sharn Barbarin, CEO, Medical City Lewisville Trustee, Dr. Karen Duncan,… Full Story

Medical City Frisco Launches Radiation-Free Imaging System

Medical City Frisco is working to replace intraoperative radiation devices by using a radiation-free tool to aid spine and cranial procedures. The device will allow surgeon to safely place spinal implants or remove cranial tumors while improving patient safety. The system is called the Machine-Vision Image Guided Surgery platform, which uses camera technology to identify anatomy and guide tools during procedures. The technology uses only visible light and not radiation to create the image, and is similar to what is used in self-driving vehicles. “Medical City Frisco has always been proactive in ensuring that we have the right tools to protect… Full Story

Cigna and SWHR Reach a New Three-year Agreement

After coming dangerously close to severing the in-network ties between one of the largest providers and one of the largest insurers in North Texas, Cigna and Southwestern Health Resources have come to an agreement that will keep Cigna members in-network at Southwestern Health Resource facilities for the next few years. The three-year deal became effective on January 1, avoiding an interruption of in-network coverage. The agreement lasts until Dec. 31, 2022, and keeps all Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern hospitals, facilities, and doctors in-network until then. “Southwestern Health Resources, on behalf of Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical… Full Story

Watch Two Floors Get Added to Methodist Richardson

Over the last 18 months, Methodist Richardson Medical Center has been working on an $85 million expansion that adds two floors to a fully functioning hospital while it remained open. The 104,000-square-foot expansion includes 150 acute care beds, a ninth operating room, seven pre-op rooms, two post anesthesia care beds, and a 671 space, seven-story parking garage. Richardson-based general contractor Skiles Group handled the project, which will have its grand opening Wednesday, December 18th at 4:00 p.m. Watch a time-lapse video of the project from start to finish here.

McKesson and Walgreens Boots Alliance Form Joint Venture

Retail pharmacy giants Walgreens Boots Alliance is forming a joint venture with Irving-based McKesson Corp. to combine their pharmaceutical wholesale businesses in Germany. WBA will control 70 percent of the venture and McKesson the remaining 30. The combination is limited to the German wholesale activity of the two companies and won’t impact any other operations. “Combining our wholesale operations is the right decision to secure the long-term success of both businesses,” said Ornella Barra, Co-Chief Operating Officer of WBA via release. “This is a strategic step that will offer benefits for all. We are creating a sustainable company to drive success… Full Story

DFWBGH Selected for National Mental Health Initiative

The DFW Business Group on Health has been selected to be a part of an nationwide initiative to improve mental health. Leveraging its contacts in the business world, the group will work with health plans, providers, and consultants to address the crisis. The initiative is called The Path Forward for Mental Health and Substance Use and is a five-year plan to address mental health and substance abuse via the private sector. It is led by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychiatric Association Foundation, Center for Workplace Mental Health and Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.… Full Story

Medical City Fort Worth Reduces Radiation Exposure in Heart Patients

Medical City Fort Worth is implementing a new device to reduce radiation exposure for heart arrhythmia patients. With this device, X-ray imaging won’t be the only method available for physicians to visualize and treat heart arrhythmias. Medical City Fort Worth is the only hospital utilizing this new technology in Fort Worth. It provides surgeons with a 3D image to clearly see the heart’s anatomy without solely relying on X-ray radiation. The device also helps electrophysiologists position the catheter used to treat abnormal electric signals in the heart. The innovation is part of Medical City Healthcare’s Radiation Right program, which is meant… Full Story