Medical City Fort Worth Maintains Stroke Center Certification

Medical City Fort Worth has earned a recertification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, confirming that the hospital has the staff, services, and expertise to treat stroke patients who need the highest levels of surgical and medical care. CSC is awarded after an on-site visit that makes sure the facility meets the requirements of the CMS Conditions of Participation for Hospitals, Guidelines of the Brain Attack Coalition, and recommendations of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The 320-bed comprehensive care hospital was the first in Tarrant County to receive the designation in 2013. “Medical City Fort Worth is dedicated to providing the… Full Story

A Staff Shortage Will Suspend Labor and Delivery at Texas Health Stephenville

Departures and retirements from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville will cause the hospital to temporarily suspend labor and delivery services in mid-August. Texas Health Stephenville President Christopher Leu said that the hospital plans to reopen labor and delivery, and is currently investing $570,000 to renovate and upgrade the unit. The hospital is also undergoing a $2.65 million renovation to the kitchen and cafe. The staff shortage is reflective of a larger trend in rural Texas healthcare. A Merritt Hawkins study showed that only one percent of medical residents would prefer to live in communities of less than 10,000 people,… Full Story

Insights From CEOs of Baylor, UnitedHealthcare, Catalyst, Caddis, and More

Providers, health plans, and pharmacies are uniting into single entities while evidence shows that investing upstream with primary care improves quality and reduces healthcare costs. In a battle against ever increasing premiums, employers are looking at ways to spend less on healthcare, with more and more moving to self-funded plans, educating their employees about how their choices impact everyone’s cost, and redesigning their pharmacy benefit plans for up to 50 percent savings. These are just a few of the insights shared during the D CEO 2019 Healthcare Roundtable, a sponsored discussion from the July issue with North Texas Healthcare leaders.… Full Story

Medical City North Hills Will Have a New CEO

Mark Deno will be the CEO of Medical City North Hills beginning August 5 after serving as the COO of the The Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado. Deno has been part of HCA Healthcare since 2014, most recently overseeing the Colorado facility’s addition of services and increased standards in stroke care, rehabilitation, and surgical services. He began his career in surgery centers in Colorado and Texas, including as the CEO of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Arlington. “Mark has a proven record of leadership with a dedication to providing exceptional, quality healthcare,” says Erol Akdamar, president of Medical City Healthcare… Full Story

North Texas’ Best Workplaces for Millennials

Texas Health Resources and Encompass Health were both named by Fortune and Great Places to Work to the list of Best Workplaces for Millennials. Texas Health Resources was No. 23 on the list, while Encompass Health placed No. 38. At Texas Health, the largest DFW employer to make the list, 37 percent of their 23,774 employees are millennials. The hospital system estimates that the generation will become the largest segment of employees by December. Of Encompass’ 10,705 employees, one third are millennials. Companies on the list are meeting the needs of Millennials, who look for flexibility, meaning, and unconventional work… Full Story

Texas Health Resources’ Local Impact in 2018

Texas Health Resources annual Community Responsibility and Sustainability Report highlighted its ability to improve convenience for patients, provide a quality workplace for employees, and generously contribute to the community. This year saw the launch of TexasHealthFamilyCare.com, a tool that makes it easier for consumers to research primary care doctors, schedule appointments, and access health information online. The organization also helped the city of Fort-Worth become a certified Blue Zones community, and began providing mobile urgent care services through DispatchHealth. The report’s updated statistics show that Texas Health currently has more than 25,000 employees, an operating revenue of $4.8 billion, more… Full Story

Children’s Medical Center Plano Receives Epilepsy Designation

The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has given a Level 3 designation to the Epilepsy Center at Children’s Medical Center Plano. Level 3 is the second-highest designation, and recognizes that the facility provides advanced evaluation and treatment resources for pediatric epilepsy, a 5-bed epilepsy monitoring unit, around-the-clock electroencephalogram monitoring, and an onsite neuropsychologist. “I’m excited that the Epilepsy Center is able to offer advanced epilepsy care to more kids, and I’m proud to lead a team that offers the excellent care and expertise needed to achieve this designation,” said Dr. Daniel Gossett, medical director of the Epilepsy Center at Children’s Medical Center Plano via… Full Story

Parkland Adds to Its LEED Gold Certified Clinics

Parkland has its fifth LEED Gold Certified building in the new Ron J. Anderson, MD Clinic for its commercial interiors from the U.S. Green Building Council. Parkland’s Women & Infants Specialty Health Clinic, Central Utility Plant, Tower Garage and main hospital are also LEED Gold facilities. The 227,420-square-foot clinic houses surgery, cardiology, pre-anesthesia and neurology clinics, among others. Radiology, phlebotomy and a 24-hour outpatient pharmacy are also onsite at the clinic. The certification is given to structures that are built sustainably, focusing on water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. “We have focused on sustainability throughout the planning, design… Full Story

Texas Health Dallas Helps Improve Treatment for Cardiogenic Shock

Texas Health Dallas is one of only 60 hospitals in the US, and the only one in Texas, to participate in a study which hopes to improve the survival rates for patients suffering lethal complications after heart attacks. The initial findings of the study show that 72 percent of patients survive using the new protocols, whereas the typical survival rate from this complication, called cardiogenic shock, has historically hovered around 50 percent. Cardiogenic shock is when the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood into the body and is typically caused by damage to cardiac muscle from a heart attack. In… Full Story

Are Bureaucrats Behind Unsustainable Healthcare Costs?

A four-year college degree will run you between $80,000 and $180,000 these days, with $1.3 trillion in student debt plaguing students across the nation, according to Forbes. Since 1998, a university education has risen more nearly 200 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are many reasons behind the increase, including the lack of clarity behind what students will actually have to pay vs. the sticker price, but rising administration and building costs are part of the issue. Forbes writes that in 1990 there were twice as many full-time faculty at public research institutions as administrators, but by… Full Story