Baylor, Scott & White CEOs Shoot for June 30 Closing Date, Reveal Details Behind Big Merger

The target date for closing the merger of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White is June 30, according to Baylor chief executive officer Joel Allison. He and Scott & White CEO Robert Pryor had originally projected a year-end close. Allison made the prediction at the Health Industry Council’s Southwest Transactions Conference at the Dallas Omni Hotel Thursday. Allison said he and Pryor began discussions about a possible merger two years ago. The biggest barrier was going too fast for the board members of both hospital systems, he said. “We had to make some of the hardest decisions upfront:… Full Story

Six North Texas Hospitals Make Becker’s “100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare”

Becker’s Hospital Review has named its “100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” for 2013. This year’s winners were chosen for their benefits, wellness initiatives, professional development opportunities, and work environments.  Below are the six hospitals from North Texas that made Becker’s  list, and the reasons they were chosen as stated on the website. Baylor Health Care System (Dallas)  Type of facility: Hospital/health system What makes it a great place to work: Baylor Health Care includes more than 21,000 employees across more than 300 sites of care, including 30 hospitals. In addition to comprehensive health benefits, a 401(k) plan and life insurance, full-time… Full Story

Irving Proton Therapy Facility Dedication Next Week

Texas Center for Proton Therapy plans a dedication ceremony Wednesday for its $105 million proton therapy facility in Irving. The construction of the facility will begin after that ceremony and is expected to be complete by June 2014. Company officials plan to begin treating patients by early 2016. The center,  located at 1501 W. Royal Lane, is expected to employ about 50 people. The project is spearheaded by Dallas-based Texas Oncology, and supported by McKesson Specialty Health; and Baylor Health Enterprises, an affiliate of Baylor Health Care System, Gary Barlow was hired as the facility’s director in January. Barlow previously… Full Story

One-Third Rise in Texas Alzheimer’s Cases Expected by 2025

Alzheimer’s disease cases are expected to increase by one-third in Texas by 2025, according to the 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures report. That translates from an estimated 350,000 cases today to about 470,000 in the next 12 years in Texas, and nearly a 75 percent increase over the number of cases in 2000. RAND researchers estimated direct medical costs of treating dementia totaled $109 billion in 2010, which was more money than was spent on heart disease or cancer care. By 2020, dementia patients will account for about 10 percent of the elderly, but will comprise 17 percent of… Full Story

Morning Rounds (05.07.13)

Healthcare executives and materials and practice area managers predict a major shift in admissions from inpatient to outpatient settings.

Venture capital funding for health information technology totaled nearly half a billion dollars in the first three months of 2013.

The economy may play a lesser role in healthcare cuts than preciously thought. Full Story

Arrows Pointing Up on Hypertension Treatment in DFW

Dallas-Fort Worth has made in-roads to hypertension awareness and treatment, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Hypertension prevalence rose in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties between 2001 and 2009. However, awareness, treatment and control also increased, according to IHME’s study of U.S. counties. Many experts attribute the increase in prevalence to greater awareness of the problem. In Dallas County, about 37 percent of men and more than 40 percent of women had hypertension in 2009. However, more than 7 out of 10 are receiving treatment and more than half have their conditions… Full Story

UT Southwestern Rolls Out Quality Data for Hospitals, Clinics

At the beginning of 2013, UT Southwestern quietly began to roll out its quality data for public inspection on its website. UTSW groups its performance into four broad categories: Best practices and core measures, which includes heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Clinic outcomes, such as patient readmissions and patient mortality rates for specific conditions. Patient safety, including infection rates, hand hygiene and patient falls that result in injury. Patient satisfaction ratings by Press Ganey. For each measure, the system indicates whether it is in the top 10 percent of U.S. hospitals, within 5 percent of the hospital… Full Story