$120 Million Expansion Approved for Methodist Richardson; Will Add 125-Bed Hospital

Methodist Health System’s board of directors has approved a $120 million expansion that will add a 266,250-square-foot acute care hospital at Methodist Richardson. The 125-bed hospital is slated to open in the fall of 2014 at the southeast corner of Renner Road and State Highway 190. The site, which is known as Methodist Richardson—Bush/Renner, already is home to a medical office building and outpatient hospital, as well as a cancer center that opened in October 2008. Methodist Richardson has a second campus at Campbell Road. “This hospital has served Richardson and the surrounding area with compassionate quality health care at its… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Opens Behavioral Health Center in Frisco

Texas Health Resources has opened the Texas Health Seay Behavioral Health Center Frisco, at 5858 Main Street, Ste. 200. The center will offer free assessments; patients may be recommended to any Seay Behavioral Health level of care. The new site is a satellite location of the Seay Behavioral Health Center, which offers inpatient and outpatient services on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. “We see a great need for behavioral health services and are excited to be opening in the Frisco community,” said Ross Teemant, LCSW, director of the Seay Behavioral Health Center, in a statement. According to… Full Story

College of Health Care Professions Opens Dallas Campus

The College of Health Care Professions has opened a new campus in Dallas at 8390 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 300. “We can now meet the overwhelming demand we’ve seen for our on-campus programs in the Greater Dallas area,” said CEO Jon Emerald. Founded in Houston in 1988 by physicians at the Texas Medical Center, the Dallas site gives it five locations in Texas; the others are in Austin, Houston Northwest, Houston Southwest, and San Antonio. The school offers a wide range of career programs, including vocational nurse, health information technology, dental assistant, medical coding and billing, massage therapist, diagnostic medical ultrasound,… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.31.12)

Parkland to temporarily close its psychiatric ER for renovation while suspending longer-term care for the mentally ill. Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare announces $110 million expansion at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Eleven North Texas companies and organizations make the cut in Modern Healthcare’s 2012 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare.” Weekend patients have a higher chance of dying than those admitted during the week, reports American Medical News. Is mandated physician retirement at a certain age a thing of the future?  

Morning Rounds (07.30.12)

Women in healthcare account for 4 percent of CEOs, 73 percent of managers, Forbes reports. Who’s recruiting physicians in 2012? Dispelling conventional wisdom: Why Medicaid users visit the emergency department more than private insurance users. Texas residents should receive $476 million in health insurance rebates during the next three years. What happens to hospitals that provide care to alien residents under the ACA?

THR’s New Emergency Department Will Offer Elderly a Primary Care Option in Fort Worth

A portion of the Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth emergency-department expansion underscores the importance of giving special attention to geriatric patients. The hospital broke ground recently on a new three-story, 75,000-square-foot ED, one block south of its current facility. The facility, which will connect to the main hospital through a skybridge, is expected to open December 2013. It will be three times larger than its current ED and have 90 beds—a 50 percent increase. The ED facility will also include a geriatric care clinic for follow-up care, addresses two pressing needs: the growing number of elderly ED patients and… Full Story

Children’s Medical Center Research Institute Gets $1 million Gift

A joint venture between Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center is getting a $1 million boost, thanks to a donation from Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge. The Baldridge’s gift will fund a study of stem cell metabolism  at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute. The research could lead to new ways of regenerating damaged tissues and more effectively treat cancer. It will assess the extent to which tissue stem cells are metabolically different from other types of cells. Sean Morrison, M.D., director of the Children’s Research Institute, said the goal of the Institute is to discover the therapies of… Full Story

UT Southwestern Gearing Up to Operate New $225 Million Proton Therapy Center

UT Southwestern Medical Center has signed a letter of intent to operate a 100,000-square-foot proton therapy center to treat cancer near its Medical District campus in Dallas. The $225 million center is being built and funded by San Diego-based Advanced Particle Therapy (APT). The company hopes to break ground on a 4.5-acre site in early 2013. The three-story building, which will have five treatment rooms, will take about three years to build and equip. The company has built centers and has similar agreements in San Diego with Scripps Health and Scripps Medical Group; in Baltimore with the University of Maryland… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.27.12)

Texas Woman’s University of Dallas receives $452,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Medical City Children’s Hospital sees a baby boom in June, with births setting a 12-year record. Healthcare.gov launches tool to help consumers determine if their insurer is providing value for premiums under new 80/20 rule. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation is examining the “gray market” impact on drug shortages. The Advisory Board Co. releases fun infographic comparing Olympic athletes to average Americans. Plus: Who’s healthiest in a hospital—nurses, physicians, or patients?

Nine Texas Vascular Associates Doctors Sued for Alleged Medicare, Insurance Fraud

A former employee of Dallas’ Texas Vascular Associates is suing the practice and its nine doctors. Cortez Mills, a former medical coding professional at TVA, alleges that she was fired in May after discovering fraudulent billing practices. According to the complaint, Mills discovered the irregularities while reviewing and releasing patient bills to Medicare and private insurers for payment. They include double-billing insurance carriers, coding insurance claims so certain services would not be bundled, and billing for services that were never performed. TVA is based in the Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital on the Baylor Dallas campus near downtown Dallas. Baylor, however, is not… Full Story