PCCI Joins Federal Effort to Fight Kidney Disease

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced earlier this month that the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation will be contributing its capabilities to support the “Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative.” Nearly 100,000 Americans are waiting on the list to receive a kidney transplant, with kidney disease ranking as the ninth leading cause of death in America, costing Medicare $114 billion a year. PCCI is focused on improving healthcare for vulnerable populations by using advance data science and clinical experts and will now advance efforts to learn more about kidney health. With 37 million patients suffering from chronic kidney… Full Story

McKesson Named in Nationwide Opioid Lawsuit

McKesson Corp. has been named in a Cleveland lawsuit against many of the largest players in the pharmaceutical industry, the Washington Post reports. The filing describes the drug companies as solely focused on profits at the cost of the damage done to country by opioids. The companies say they should not be charged with second guessing the expertise of doctors who prescribe the pills. The case consolidates claims from around the country, and because of documents released by a three judge panel last week, the direction and quantity of drugs is better able to be tracked between manufacturers, distributors, and… Full Story

Andy Stern Honored with DFW Hospital Council Service Award

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has awarded Andy Stern with the Distinguished Health Service Award. The managing director of Club Oaks Consulting, board member of AMN Healthcare, and co-chair of Medical City Healthcare will be recognized for his commitment and generosity toward North Texas healthcare. In a career that includes being a staff assistant to President Gerald R. Ford in 1975, Stern was also on the board at Dallas Medical Resource and chaired the board of Texas Healthcare Trustees. Other work includes being on the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance, founding chairman of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, and… Full Story

HMS Announces Two New VPs

HMS has just announced two new vice presidents to their analytics department. Jason Cooper will serve as Senior Vice President, Chief Analytics Officer for Population Health Management and Sanjeev Kumar as Vice President of Data Engineering and Analytics for the Chief Technology Office. HMS’ goal is to reduce costs and improve outcomes for healthcare organizations through technology, analytics, and engagement solutions. Cooper holds a master’s degree in computer science and biomedical engineering, has worked in various executive roles for health care companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and CVS Caremark, and will bring more than 20 years… Full Story

Local Physician Named to American Board of Internal Medicine

Dr. Nagendra Gupta has been appointed to the American Board of International Medicine’s (ABIM) Internal Medicine Board. Specialty Board members work with physicians and medical societies to develop Board Certification and Maintenance Certification credentials recognizing physicians for their commitment to staying within their current field. The Board consists of a diverse range of practice types and members who provide multiple perspectives on patient care. Dr. Gupta is a Board Certified Internist and currently serves as a the Program Director of the Hospitalist Program at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, leading a team of more than 20 physicians who oversee the… Full Story

Texas Health Alliance Recognized By Joint Commission For Cardiac Care

The Joint Commission honored Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance with the Gold Seal of Approval for Chest Pain Certification for safe and effective cardiac care. The recognition is awarded to organizations that provide customized clinical programs and analyze clinical outcomes to improve care, along with advising patients and caregivers about how best to care for patients at home. “Unfortunately, cardiovascular disease is the cause of one of every three deaths in the United States,” said Dr. Michael Duran, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Alliance, via release. “With cardiovascular disease significantly impacting men and women across the… Full Story

D CEO Excellence in Healthcare Nominations Are Now Open

Each year, D CEO recognizes outstanding healthcare leaders, practitioners, innovations, volunteers, and more at our annual Excellence in Healthcare Awards. This year will be the sixth edition of the awards , and we are looking for nominations from all the best healthcare companies DFW has to offer. Finalists will be featured in the December issue of D CEO, and winners will be revealed at an awards reception that month. Whether you are a large health system or an up-and-coming disruptor, we want to hear why you deserve to be honored. The categories are below: Outstanding Healthcare Executive Outstanding Healthcare Practitioner Achievement… Full Story

UT Southwestern is DFW’s Top Hospital Once Again

UT Southwestern Medical Center is the No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth for the third year in a row, according to U.S. News and World Report‘s 2019-2020 annual Best Hospitals listing, which also ranked UTSW as the second best hospital in Texas. Baylor University Medical Center is No. 2 in DFW, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is No. 3 in the region. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital- Fort Worth came in at No. 4. while Medical City Dallas, Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center- Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital South West tied for the… Full Story

THR Ranks 38 on People Magazine’s 2019 Companies that Care List

People Magazine has released their 2019 Companies that Care list, and Texas Health Resources ranked 38 of the 50 finalists. Texas Health’s The Versant New Graduate RN Residency— a one-year career advancement program offered to new nursing grads— and their priority of hiring veterans as reasons for making it on the list. People Magazine determines the Companies that Care list from feedback obtained through employee surveys that ask a variety of questions on several topics, including being treated with respect, opportunities for professional development, and team work. “It’s truly an honor to be included on this list and recognized for… Full Story

A New VA Facility Could be on the Way to North Texas

The former Baylor, Scott and White hospital in Garland may provide another healthcare option for veterans if a bipartisan group of North Texas Congress members gets their way. A letter from Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) and Congressman Ron Wright (TX-06) made the argument to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie last week. Baylor closed the 470,000 facility in 2018 after years of “significant financial losses,” and is willing to donate it to the VA, according to McClatchy DC. The letter describes how the $400 million donation would be a wise choice for the VA, allowing them to serve… Full Story