UNT Creates Fort Worth Advisory Panel

The University of North Texas System has created a taskforce of more than 20 Fort Worth community leaders to advise the university as it expands the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth. The group will be chaired by attorney Dee Kelly Jr., and include Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and former mayors Mike Moncrief and Kenneth Barr. The taskforce will be involved in legislative initiatives, selection of the next president to replace Scott Ransom and have a voice in appointing Fort Worth residents to the UNT board of regents.

Fort Worth Rehab Hospital’s Growth Yields Swift Expansion Plans

Texas Rehabilitation Hospital (TRF) of Fort Worth plans to expand its bed count by one-third by Aug. 1. The hospital, a joint venture of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Centerre Healthcare Corp. of Nashville, Tenn., opened in May 2011 with 50 beds. The expansion to 66 beds was dictated by the fact that the facility already has exceeded its three-year projections. The project will also include doubling the size of the therapy gym. The $5.5 million expansion will add 15,000 square feet to the existing 54,000 square-foot structure.  The facility, which opened with about 170 employees, expects… Full Story

Forest Park Medical Developer to Break Ground on Fort Worth Hospital

Neal Richards Group will soon start construction on Forest Park Medical-Fort Worth. The 140,000-square-foot facility will sit on 7 acres along the Trinity River within the Clearfork mixed-use community. The specialty surgical center is expected to employ about 250. It was designed by Perkins + Will and will be built by Balfour Beatty. Along with 12 operating rooms, it will feature two procedure rooms, 44 private patient rooms, 10 ICU rooms, full ancillary services, structured parking, outdoor spaces, vegetated roof systems, and an outdoor reflection pond. This will be the fourth North Texas hospital for for Dallas-based Neal Richards Group, led… Full Story

HCA to Join Building Boom in North Fort Worth With $71 Million Hospital

HCA North Texas plans to build a $71 million hospital at Interstate 35 and North Tarrant Parkway in North Fort Worth. Hospital officials expect to break ground on the new facility this summer, with a projected opening of December 2014. The 142,000-square-foot hospital will include emergency services, surgical services, imaging, endoscopy, women’s services, a medical/surgical unit and an intensive care unit. HCA opened a freestanding emergency department on the 73-acre site in December 2011. That facility will become the new hospital’s ED. The main floor will house surgical services, imaging, an endoscopy suite, pharmacy, laboratory, a gift shop, and support departments. The… Full Story

Ransom Sharply Critical of UNT Chancellor, Calls Accusations “Personal Outrage”

In a closed-door session right before he was fired, University of North Texas Health Science Center President Scott Ransom delivered a spirited defense of his record and a searing critique of UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson’s leadership. The Board of Regents fired Ransom Dec. 20 by a 7-0 vote, saying he was creating “internal discord” in opposition to a possible merger of the UNTHSC in Fort Worth and the main university campus in Denton. Ransom’s remarks to the board were released to D Healthcare Daily by Nancy Sterling, a Boston-based spokeswoman. During the presentation to the regents, Ransom said: A letter… Full Story

Preventable Hospital Stays By County

Preventable hospital stays reflect the hospital discharge rate for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions per 1,000 Medicare enrollees, according to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. Hospitalization for diagnoses that could be treated with outpatient services suggests quality of care provided in the outpatient setting was less than ideal. The measure may also represent the county’s  tendency to overuse the hospital as a primary source of care. Denton County’s rate of preventable stays per 1,000 Medicare enrollees is 80, which exceeds the Texas rate of 73. Tarrant, Collin and Dallas counties are below the state rate at 67, 66 and 60, respectively.

Regents Fire UNTHSC President Scott Ransom, Saying He Fought Merger

The University of North Texas Board of Regents has fired UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) President Scott Ransom. The board, which met Friday on the Fort Worth medical school campus, deliberated in closed session for nearly two hours before acting. According to a report in the Star-Telegram, the regents sent Ransom a letter Tuesday, accusing him of fomenting “internal discord” in opposition to a possible merger of the Fort Worth center and the main university campus in Denton. “Instead of allowing this study to proceed in a thoughtful and objective way, we discovered that you were conducting a personal campaign to… Full Story

Students Clamoring for Seats in New UNTHSC Pharmacy School

The University of North Texas Health Science Center’s (UNTHSC) School of Pharmacy is fielding hundreds of emails and telephone calls from prospective students and their parents. The school is planning to matriculate its first class in the fall of 2013. Because of the strong interest and the expectation of more than 500 applicants, UNTHSC is seeking to increase the size of its first class from about 80 to 100 students. The four-year doctor of pharmacy program will include three years of class work and one year of advanced pharmacy practice experience. UNT campuses in Denton and Dallas are developing plans… Full Story

Violent Crime Rate By County

Violent crimes are offenses that involve face-to-face confrontation between the victim and the perpetrator, including homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, according to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. High levels of violent crime compromise physical safety and psychological well-being. Crime rates can also deter residents from pursuing healthy behaviors such as exercising out-of-doors. Increased stress levels also may contribute to the obesity rate, even after controlling for diet and physical activity levels. The Dallas County rate of 618 per 100,000 residents far exceeds that of Texas. The Tarrant County rate of 501 is slightly below the state rate of 503.… Full Story