Bryan’s House Receives $100,000 for Special Needs Health Program

Bryan’s House, a nonprofit that provides healthcare and educational care for children with special health needs, received a $100,000 grant from The Rees-Jones Foundation. The grant will support the Medically Managed Child Care Program, which provides early childhood education and on-site nursing services for low-income children who are prevented from attending traditional programs because of medical and developmental challenges. The Rees-Foundation is dedicated to supporting the disadvantaged, providing relief for the suffering, and promoting childrens’ growth and well-being. “The Rees-Jones Foundation has helped so many in the Dallas community with its generous funding of many excellent programs through the years,”… Full Story

Dalpiaz to Lead Texas Veterans Health Care Network

Joseph M. Dalpiaz will return to Texas to head Arlington’s Veterans Affairs Heart of Texas Health Care Network, after serving three years as director of the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. The former Dallas VA North Texas Health Care System director will take office at the medical center within 45 to 60 days. Dalpiaz brings nearly 30 years of experience in strategic planning, financial management, and organization design to a healthcare system that reaches a population of more than a million veterans. He has prioritized workforce development, customer service, clinical quality management, and leadership training. Texas is home to the second-largest population… Full Story

Need for Physician Assistants Grows in Texas, and Nationwide

Every year, 1,000 hard-working souls dust off their college transcripts, fill out an application, and hope they’re accepted into the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s physician assistant program. And, a few months later, most of them are disappointed. “The number of applications to our program continues to climb every year,” said program chairman Hank Lemke, noting that those 1,000 applicants are fighting for only 75 spots. The need for physician assistants—who are are authorized to practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician—has skyrocketed in recent years, and isn’t expected to slow anytime soon. PA jobs are expected to grow… Full Story

UTSW Researchers Discover How Seafood Contaminant Causes Illness

UT Southwestern researchers have identified the process by which the seafood contaminant vibrio parahaemolyticus causes gastroenteritis. The bacteria injects proteins called effectors into the host cells; one of the effectors, called VopQ, then begins to disrupt the process of autophagy with a channel-forming mechanism. Autophagy is a process that recycles nutrients in cells and fights off pathogens. “Disruptions of autophagic pathways are implicated in many human diseases, including neurodegenerative disease, liver disease, some cancers, and cardiomyopathy,” said Anju Sreelatha, one of the authors of a study about the process. Sreelatha explained that during infection, VopQ is injected into the host cell… Full Story

10 Things Successful Hospital Boards Do

Kevin Reed, an Austin healthcare attorney who has been general counsel for the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals for more than 20 years, listed “10 Things Really Successful Boards Do”  at the Texas Healthcare Trustees conference in Fort Worth last week. 1. They understand the money. “Hospitals are paid in the most convoluted, weird, and squirrely ways possible. [Board members] have to understand that. You have to know when and how you make money, and what to do with it when you get it.” 2. They understand the money isn’t everything. “You need to make a lot of… Full Story

Affordable Care Act Ignites Job Growth In and Out of Hospitals

An influx of first-time health insurance buyers is bludgeoning the market with questions about the Affordable Care Act. Thousands of jobs are being added across the county at call centers, IT companies, and community organizations in response to the increased demand. The exchanges—healthcare marketplaces negotiated between the federal or state government and the individual or small-business buyers—will require a workforce estimated in the tens of thousands to provide customer service and support to those seeking answers among the new healthcare provisions, laws, and structures. Virginia companies Maximus, Vangent, and Serco all plan to hire thousands of new employees to work… Full Story

$10 Million Investment Boosts Moncrief Institute’s Cancer Services

The Moncrief Cancer Institute in Fort Worth recently bolstered its ability to provide cancer services through a $10 million investment from UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Moncrief Cancer Foundation. The Institute, a branch of UT Southwestern, is staffed with a coalition of social workers, licensed and registered dietitians, nurse educators, genetic counselors, clinical psychologists, a medical bill consultant, and outreach advocates. Its newest facilities opened in the fall of 2012, offering diet and fitness classes, as well as genetic and financial counseling to cancer patients. The Institute now will be able to increase its services under the investment to… Full Story

Medical City Children’s Hospital Names New CEO

Medical City Children’s Hospital has named Keith Zimmerman the center’s new CEO, Medical City CEO Erol Akdamar today announced. Zimmerman has served as interim CEO for children’s hospital since December 2012. “Keith brings a wealth of experience in healthcare to the table, understanding both the importance of working closely with physicians and hospital staff, and a culture of commitment to exceptional patient care,” Akdamar said. “I look forward to working with Keith as he continues to ensure Medical City Children’s Hospital is a national leader in pediatric care, across many specialties.” Zimmerman has more than twenty-two years of healthcare experience,… Full Story

Physicians Put Blame for High Costs On Others In Health Industry

Lawyers, hospitals, and drug and device makers are the drivers for rising healthcare costs, according to physicians surveyed by the Mayo Clinic. Only one-third of physicians believed they were part of the cause, despite half of the respondents stating that they “try not to think about the cost to the healthcare system when making treatment decisions.” The national survey revealed a wide variety of opinions regarding who or what was responsible for the high cost of healthcare. Since physicians are largely responsible for the extent of a patient’s care, they’re increasingly being looked upon to avoid unnecessary tests or procedures.… Full Story

Accolades

Recognized this week are Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Rockwall and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, plus a dean at UT-Arlington’s nursing school. Institutions Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Rockwall has been recognized as an Aetna Institute of Quality Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement and spine surgery. Facilities are chosen based on consistent delivery of evidence-based safe care. “Being recognized, once again, by a major insurer is gratifying to everyone at this hospital,” said hospital president Cindy Paris. “Texas Health Rockwall intends to continue to provide the finest quality care possible; living up to the expectations of… Full Story