Physical, Occupational Therapy School University of St. Augustine Plans 30,000 SF Campus in Las Colinas

The largest graduate-level physical and occupational therapy school in the country is planting its fifth campus in Las Colinas. The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences announced the news this week. The new campus will have enough capacity to hold 700 students and 70 faculty positions. It will start out at 30,000 square feet, with expected additions bringing the total space up to 50,000 square feet over the next decade. USAHS has a campus in Austin, as well as San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; and Miami, Florida. The Dallas campus will be at the Riverside Commons complex in… Full Story

UT Southwestern COO Departs To Lead Hospitals and Clinics at University of Iowa

Suresh Gunasekaran, who has served as chief of operations for UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2015, has been named associate vice president of University of Iowa Health Care and CEO of UI Hospitals & Clinics, UI Health Care announced this week. In addition to serving as COO, Gunasekaran had a hand in UTSW’s partnership with Texas Health Resources, serving as senior executive officer for the population health services side of the collaboration. UIHC says here that he’ll make $800,000 a year, pending Board of Regents approval. In April, Gunasekaran sat on a Startup Week panel that I moderated. You’ll find… Full Story

College of Health Care Professions Gets A New Dallas Campus

The College of Health Care Professions has opened a new campus in Dallas, located at 8585 North Stemmons Freeway. The school offers training for people to become medical assistants, medical coding and billing specialists, massage therapists, and medical radiology technicians. CHCP is 30 years old and accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. It has about 2,900 students, with campuses in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, McAllen, and San Antonio, in addition to Dallas. CHCP first entered the Dallas market in 2012, with a previous location at 8390 LBJ Fwy.

UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth Founder To Be Honored As 2018 Woman of the Year

Le Femmes du Monde will recognize the founder of University of Texas at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth at its 2018 Woman of the Year Gala in October. Dr. Sandra Chapman will be presented the honor. Chapman is a cognitive neuroscientist who holds the Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair at UT Dallas. She’s also the chief director of the Center for BrainHealth, which she founded in 1999, and has more than 40 funded research grants and 200-plus publications. Kay Bailey Hutchison (1997), Laura Bush (’98), Margaret McDermott (2014), and Nancy Hunt (2016) are among the past winners. The gala is set… Full Story

AHA Set To Roll Out Subscription-based CPR Training To More Hospitals Through Joint Venture

The American Heart Association on Thursday officially rolled out its new spin off with Norwegian medical equipment maker Laerdal Medical. The joint venture, called RQI Partners, will now set its sites on signing more contracts with hospitals across the U.S. for its re-thought version of CPR training, where trainees go through more frequent but shorter-in-duration training periods. RQI (resuscitation quality improvement) functions as hands-on CPR training within the hospital. Hospital staff practice CPR on mannequins equipped with sensors and attached to computers, which allow individualized feedback. Whereas CPR certification typically requires about a day of training every two years, RQI… Full Story

UNT Health Science Center Names A Provost

The UNT Health Science Center has named a new provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, promoting the dean of the system’s college of pharmacy to the position. Dr. Charles Taylor will take on the role starting Aug. 1. He will serve as the chief academic officer and oversee and align budgetary policies and priorities. Prior Provost Thomas Yorio stepped down in 2016 following 40 years with UNTHSC. Claire Peel, vice provost of academic research and dean of the school of health professions, has been serving as the interim provost since then. Taylor has packed a lot into his… Full Story

Texas Loses Precious Residency Spots As UNTHSC-affiliated Program Shutters

A residency program associated with the UNT Health Science Center has closed its doors. The Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program officially shut down at the end of June. According to a UNTHSC spokesperson, the program’s sponsor—North Central Texas Medical Foundation—made the decision. A story from the Wichita Falls Times Record News details the steps that led to it; the trouble started when NCTMF and the Community Healthcare Center, which was managing the program, cut ties. The dagger came when Wichita Falls-based United Regional Health Care System pulled its support. Without the backing of a teaching hospital, a committee of the… Full Story

Texas and DFW Are All Over This List Of The Top 10 Affordable Med Schools For Out-of-Staters

Two of the top 10 lowest cost medical schools for out-of-state students are located in Dallas-Fort Worth, and seven of the 10 are in Texas, according to U.S. News and World Report. Among the 69 institutions that submitted data to U.S. News, average tuition for out-of-state students during 2017-18 was $58,000—more than the average for private med schools, which is around $55,000. Things are different in the Lone Star state. In DFW, Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center came in at $33,621 and Fort Worth-based UNT Health Science Center at $34,854. Here’s all 10: 1. University of Central Florida ($31,063) 2.… Full Story

UT Southwestern Tops List For High-Quality Research Output

UT Southwestern Medical Center sits atop a new Nature Index list for high-quality research output among academic medical centers. Dallas-based UT Southwestern tops Columbia University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which come in at No. 2 and No. 3 on the list, respectively. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston sits at No. 7. The Nature Index is a product of the scientific journal Nature, and it looks at research article output among 82 high-quality science journals (which are chosen by a panel of scientists that are independent of Nature). The index’s top 100… Full Story

Does Bringing The Arts Into Healthcare Make Business Sense? Panelists Explore

For Todd Frazier, earning buy-in from his health system’s higher-ups to build out a musical therapy program took a concerted effort to shift the conversation. Rather than discussing reimbursement and how the system could pay for it, Frazier put the focus on why what he proposed to offer was essential for any leading-edge provider. It ultimately worked, with Frazier—who directs the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at the eight facilities that make up Houston Methodist Hospital—earning backing through philanthropy in the early stages. The juice has proved worth the squeeze, and Houston Methodist now employs seven full-time musical therapists, making… Full Story