UNT Health Science Center Gets A Federal Endowment To Research Health Disparities

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is the recipient of a $10 million federal research endowment to study the health disparities impacting ethnic, racial, rural, and economically disadvantaged populations in the U.S. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities awards the endowments, which are paid over five years. UNTHSC is one of just two institutions nationally to get it. The endowment was put in place in 2001 by Congress to help out institutions committed to disparities research. The money goes toward scientists and students rather than the research projects themselves. Fort Worth-based UNTHSC lists its priorities… Full Story

An Expert Calls Texas “Ground Zero” For the Anti-Vaxxer Movement

The Texas Observer dives into the political influence wielded by anti-vaxxers in a story out today. The piece touches on the recent upswing in measles and mumps here in Texas and its apparent culprit: the skyrocketing number of parents choosing to forego vaccinations for their children. Non-medical exemptions, which the state refers to as “conscientious exemptions,” are up from 2,300 in 2003 to 53,000 in 2017. Among the varying opinions from legislators and others, one physician and vaccination expert calls Texas “ground zero” for the anti-vaccination movement. “We’re getting all the messages that Texas is on the verge of a… Full Story

Cook Children’s Says Census Snag Will Force Hospital To Close, Reopen as Surgical Center

Hurst-based Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital will close on April 20 and begin a transition to become an ambulatory surgery center, with the new name of Cook Children’s Surgery Center, according to a news release. Here’s how the release from Cook Children’s Health Care System describes the decision: In late 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memo defining the overnight census requirement to operate as a hospital. Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital, located at 6316 Precinct Line Road in Hurst, Texas, does not meet the census requirement and will no longer be able to operate as a… Full Story

Senior Living Facility Planned for Fort Worth

Ascend Partners and Civitas Senior Living said Monday they’re building a senior living facility just southwest of downtown Fort Worth. The facility will be called The Grandview of Chisholm Trail and include 89 senior living residences on a little less than six acres. Contractors are expected to break ground this summer. A news release from the companies says The Grandview will offer “deluxe amenities and the maintenance-free lifestyle that today’s active seniors demand.” It goes on to list private residences, resort-quality amenities, concierge-style services, chef-prepared meals, and 24/7 professional care among the selling points. It’s the first senior living community… Full Story

‘Blue Zones’ Project Ready To Launch In Fort Worth, Aiming To Slice Healthcare Costs, Improve Well-Being

The Blue Zones project, a community engagement effort aimed at increasing the well-being of an entire city, is set to launch in Fort Worth. Cowtown is the largest city to take on the challenge to become Blue Zone certified—what will it mean for its residents? Full Story

Experimental Payment Method Used In Fort Worth Slashes Cancer Treatment Costs By A Third

According to a Journal of Oncology Practice report, an experimental payment method directed by insurer UnitedHealthcare and employed at Fort Worth’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, among other facilities, has reduced the total cost of cancer treatment in its participating oncology programs by more than a third. Full Story

United Way of Tarrant County Gets Nation’s Largest ‘Navigator’ Grant

The United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County has been awarded nearly $6 million to help Texans navigate the health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant of $5,889,171 was the nation’s largest navigator grant. Texas overall, which originally was supposed to receive about $8.2 million, was awarded $10.9 million—representing the largest amount given to any state. The United Way chapter, one of eight Texas organizations receiving grants, garnered more than half of the state’s grant money. It told HHS it planned to work with 16 organizations statewide to promote… Full Story

‘Blue Zone’ Project May Be Heading to Fort Worth

Fort Worth could become the nation’s largest Blue Zones urban project, designed to improve community health using methods based on the best-selling book of the same name. Officials from Franklin, Tenn.-based Healthways will be meeting with community stakeholders over the next two weeks to determine whether there is sufficient commitment to launch the project. If selected, Fort Worth would receive assistance from experts to develop and implement a plan to make environmental, social and policy changes that encourage healthier behavior. Local restaurants would be guided to offer healthier food choices, and the city would invest in walking and cycling paths… Full Story