Texas Back Institute Surgeon Named President of International Surgery Society

Dr. Jack Zigler has been appointed President of The International Society for The Advancement of Spine Surgery. Zigler is an orthopedic surgeon at the Plano-based Texas Back Institute, and will serve as president for the 2019-2020 year. ISASS helps provide patients access to top spine surgery options and serve as an educational forum to advance new techniques such as minimally invasive spine surgery and robotics. More than 3,000 members in 78 countries are prolific researchers and have produced 4,200 scientific papers since the organization’s founding in 2000. In 2001,  Zigler was the first surgeon to implant the ProDisc lumbar artificial disc in… Full Story

Competitive Sports and Cutting-Edge Medicine Go Hand in Hand in Collin County

In booming Collin County, the race to attract athletes is only matched by the medical industry’s growth to get those athletes back on the field when they get injured. Partnerships between club sports, professional teams, olympic powerhouses, and the healthcare providers make for an ever-changing web of relationships between residents, athletics and the hospitals that bring them together. Shayley Planas is one of the most promising gymnasts at World Olympic Gymnastic Academy, a Plano and Allen-based gym that has produced gold medalists such as Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson. She is just 11, but she has her eyes on the… Full Story

New Chief Oncology Officer at Baylor Scott and White

Dr. Ronan Kelly will be Baylor Scott and White Health’s North Texas chief of oncology. He  will also be the medical director of Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Dallas. In addition to traditional cancer treatment in nearly every cancer sub-type, the medical center offers a holistic approach to treating canter including psychological support, personalized rehabilitation programs, dietary consulting, arts, and music therapy. “After an extensive national search, Dr. Kelly stood out as the candidate to help anchor the future of cancer care at Baylor Scott & White Health in North Texas as well as across the state,” said… Full Story

Lawsuit Accuses Timberlawn Hospital of Negligence in Teenage Rape

A lawsuit alleges that a 13-year-old girl was raped by a 17-year old fellow patient at the since-closed Timberlawn psychiatric hospital, reports the Dallas Morning News. The father of the girl brought the suit against the hospital in Dallas County court. He says his daughter, who was being treated for depression, is still disturbed about the assault and still needs medical treatment. Universal Health Services, Timberlawn’s parent company, declined to comment according to DMN. The 144-bed hospital voluntarily closed last year after the state threatened to fine the facility and take away its licenses due to concerns about patient safety.… Full Story

Methodist Health System CEO Retires Ahead of Schedule

Methodist Health System President and CEO Dr. Stephen Mansfield is stepping down next week after a January announcement said he would retire at the end of the year. Mansfield has led the organization since 2006, and he will be replaced by interim CEO James Scoggin Jr., who retired as President of the North Texas Division of HCA in 2013. Pam Stoyanoff, who was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Methodist Health System, will move into the role of President and retain her role as COO. Methodist Health System has quadrupled in size since 2006 and is the largest employer… Full Story

Senderra Rx is More Than a Pharmacy

The world of specialty pharmacy can be a tangled mess of prior authorization, medication adherence, and high cost medicines for patients who are often severely impacted if all the right medicine doesn’t arrive on time. Here in Dallas, Senderra Rx works to provide so much more to patients than their medicines. They created an online platform to follow patients, track their progress, keep them out of the hospital, and provide support for the patients taking the medicine and the physicians who describe them. Senderra Chairman Win Purifoy entered into the specialty pharmacy business less than a decade ago, but has… Full Story

Expert Opinion: Four Steps to Reduce Workplace Stress

As a manager or leader, the well-being of your staff should be of utmost importance. Workplace stress is detrimental to the overall health and productivity of employees. In recognition of April being National Stress Awareness Month, the following strategies help foster a reduced-stress environment with engaged employees. Understand the Negative Effects of Stress A 2012 study that monitored about 22,000 women over the course of 10 years showed that work-related stress significantly increased the risk of cardiovascular disease. The long hours associated with high-stress jobs present further health problems, which was shown in another study: “Employees who work long hours… Full Story

Olympic Hopeful Sues Cooper Concepts over Multivitamin with Banned Substance

Former University of Texas All-American swimmer Madisyn Cox is suing a company connected to Cooper Clinic after a banned substance was found in her system, resulting in her suspension by the Olympic affiliate for water sports, Dallas Morning News reports. Cox says the multi-vitamin contained trimetazidine, a banned substance that is not approved for sale in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration, DMN reports. A lab accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency found the substance in the vitamin she was taking. Though she was cleared to swim in 2018, Cox says the damage was done in the two year… Full Story

Surprise Billing Legislation Passes Texas Senate with Arbitration Provision

The momentum behind balance billing legislation in Austin is growing, as the Texas Senate has passed SB 1264 29-2 on Tuesday to further prevent surprise billing in Texas. The Texas Tribune reports that the only dissenting votes were physician Republican senators Donna Campbell of New Braunfels and Sen. Charles Schwertner of Georgetown. A bipartisan, bicameral press conference announced an agreement for a bill that is making its way through the Texas Senate this week. The bill is similar to what has been written about before, but a new provision gives the Texas Department of Insurance more power to settle surprise bills, and the Texas Hospital… Full Story

Meet Baylor Scott and White Health System’s New Chief Financial Officer

Penny Cermak is Baylor Scott and White’s new executive vice president and system chief financial officer after being promoted from within the organization. Cermak joined Baylor Scott and White in 2012 and has served in several leadership roles, including senior vice president of financial services, CFO of Central Texas, and was most recently CFO os hospitals, clinics, research, education, foundations, joint ventures, debt, and the Baylor Scott and White Quality Alliance. Prior to the merger between Baylor and Scott and White in 2013, she worked to integrate financial systems and processes and helped standardize operational and financial practices. Her work… Full Story