BCBSTX Awards $1.6M in Grants to Fight CKD and COPD

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will be awarding more than $1.6 million in Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grants to 12 Texas organizations in order to fight against and raise awareness about Chronic Kidney Disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Organizations were chosen for their work educating and managing CKD and COPD conditions, as well as their ability to decrease emergency room visits and increase primary care engagement. In communities with education and outreach events about CKD, medical spending decreased $103 per member, per month compared to areas without outreach, according to Richardson-based BCBSTX. “It’s important for us to collaborate with organizations that are making… Full Story

Children’s Health to Contribute Additional $2.85 Million to Prosper ISD

Prosper is ground zero for pediatric supremacy, with both Children’s Health and Cook Children’s purchasing property there this year as DFW’s population explodes northward. Both systems announced plans to build pediatric hospitals in the suburb, and a freedom of information request from the Dallas Morning News revealed an additional $2.85 million worth of programs headed to Prosper in addition to the $2.5 million football stadium named for the system. The deal with Prosper is more comprehensive and costly than any other of their affiliations, Children’s Health told DMN. The move north is another in a list of moves that include… Full Story

Meet the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine’s OBGYN Chair

Dr. April Bleich will be the new academic chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. She will manage faculty recruitment and retention, among other responsibilities. Bleich is currently the medical director for Maternal Fetal Medicine at Baylor, Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth’s Andrews Women’s Hospital, caring for high risk pregnancies while serving on the hospital’s executive committee. “I’m so excited to be able to share my experiences and knowledge with the next generation of physicians. I’m thankful for the opportunity to contribute to the school’s mission of creating more empathetic… Full Story

UTA Receives $4.7 Million Gift For Gerontology Programs

As America ages and life expectancy increases, the need for highly skilled nursing is becoming equally important. The Deerbrook Charitable Trust has given UT Arlington a $4.7 million gift for its adult gerontology programs to improve the pipeline of nursing professionals in the field.  The gift will fund specialized instruction, scholarships, and create an endowed faculty position for the gerontology-focused graduate nursing programs. “In nursing education, we focus on meeting the changing needs of society by preparing nursing professionals with relevant knowledge and expertise, including in areas such as gerontology,” said Elizabeth Merwin, dean of the College of Nursing and… Full Story

UNTHSC Honors San Antonio Spurs Team Physician

UNT Health Science Center has honored Dr. Paul Saenz with the Mary E. Luibel Distinguished Service Award. Saenz is a graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and Team Physician for the San Antonio Spurs. TheThe Mary E. Luibel Distinguished Service Award honors those who have shown to be committed to their pursuit of advancing osteopathic medicine, and is named for the wife of TCOM founder Dr. George J. Luibel. “Dr. Saenz is an outstanding physician who has displayed the highest character and integrity as he advances the field of osteopathic medicine,” said UNTHSC President Dr. Michael R. Williams via release.… Full Story

The University of Puerto Rico Added to Caris Life Sciences Alliance

Caris Life Sciences has just announced that the University of Puerto Rico will be inducted into their Precision Oncology Alliance (POA), making UPR the 28th member. Powered by the molecular science company, the POA is a network of cancer centers working to improve standards of care and practices for the application of molecular profiling in cancer treatment. UPR serves 85 percent of Puerto Rico’s cancer patients and participates in medical research, molecular science, and the development of new drugs and treatments. UPR consists of the UPR Hospital at Carolina, Ambulatory Clinic of UPR, Puerto Rico Medical Center in San Juan,… Full Story

UNTHSC Researcher Will Lead National Opioid Crisis Steering Committee

Scott Walters has been named Steering Committee Chair of the HEALing Communities Study, an aggressive effort to find solutions that will put a stop to the national opioid crisis. Walters is Regents Professor and Chair of Health Behavior at the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health. The study is a part of the National Institutes of Health HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-Term) Initiative, which is currently backed by more than $350 million in support. “My role as Steering Committee Chair will be like that of a stage manager,” says Walters, per release. “To keep track of all aspects… Full Story

A Free First Year for Fort Worth Medical School’s Inaugural Class

The first class of the country’s newest medical school arrived this week, as the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine kicks off its inaugural class of 60 students. The students first year will be paid for by Paul Dorman, chairman and CEO of Fort Worth-based DFB Pharmaceuticals, and will be known as the Dorman Scholars. The school is a unique public-private partnership, and will present a unique curriculum that will reduce time spent sitting in class listening to lectures and focus class time on problem solving and collaboration. It will also emphasize communication skills and compassionate leadership, which are often neglected in… Full Story

What is Fort Worth’s Medical Innovation District?

A medical innovation district is planned for 1,200 acres south of downtown Fort Worth, with the hope of attracting healthcare business and serving as an innovation partner with the soon to open TCU and UNTHSC Medical School, Dallas Innovates reports. The area, called Near Southside, is already home to housing and restaurants as well as Cook Children’s Healthcare System, Texas Heath Harris Methodist, Baylor Scott & White, and Medical City Fort Worth. The hope is for innovative healthcare businesses to collaborate with more established entities, which already employ 30,000 people in the healthcare industry in the area. Modeled after similar districts… Full Story

Fort Worth’s Medical School Curriculum to Avoid Burnout and Emphasize Empathy

Fort Worth’s new medical school is taking an original look at curriculum, with flipped classrooms and a focus on provider compassion and communication, and will be using the medical education platform Osmosis to deliver instruction when it opens up this July. The learning will not be focused on the traditional lecture format and will include the Empathetic Scholar’s program for the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. Created by Johns Hopkins the former Khan Academy Health & Medicine team, Osmosis is used by over 1.5 million healthcare students worldwide, and is contributing to impending physician shortages at home and abroad. The… Full Story