THR’s New Emergency Department Will Offer Elderly a Primary Care Option in Fort Worth

A portion of the Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth emergency-department expansion underscores the importance of giving special attention to geriatric patients. The hospital broke ground recently on a new three-story, 75,000-square-foot ED, one block south of its current facility. The facility, which will connect to the main hospital through a skybridge, is expected to open December 2013. It will be three times larger than its current ED and have 90 beds—a 50 percent increase. The ED facility will also include a geriatric care clinic for follow-up care, addresses two pressing needs: the growing number of elderly ED patients and… Full Story

Physical Inactivity by County

Physical inactivity can lead to obesity and Type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, physical activity can help control weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve mental health. For these statistics, physical inactivity refers adults who report no physical activity or exercise other than their jobs. Across the United States, county-level estimates range from 10 percent to 43 percent. The nation’s average is 21 percent. Adults in DFW counties and the state of Texas are slightly less active, with averages ranging from 22 percent in Collin and Tarrant counties to 24… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.24.12)

The American Heart Association teams up with DFW International Airport to “turn mall walkers into terminal walkers.” Prime Therapeutics, which has large presence in Irving, aligns with DRX to offer a new Medicare plan comparison program. Las Colinas Medical joins the Texas Stroke institute in developing stroke-reduction strategies. NOVO 1 partners with Bloom Health to provide customer service support in Denison, Fort Worth, and Holland, Mich. 1.5 million Texas consumers should benefit from Affordable Care Act’s 80/20 rule.

Accolades (07.23.12)

PEOPLE State Sen. Florence Shapiro was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Public Service Award by Texas Health Resources. COMPANIES Texas Health Resources received the 2012 Most Wired Innovator Award from Hospital & Health Networks magazine for its use of social media tools in the prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The system also made the publication’s Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems list. UT Southwestern named 29th best university in the world by the Center for World University Rankings. Texas Health Resources was named a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate by Computerworld magazine for its use of electric health record alerts to reduce the incidence of blood… Full Story

James Sammons Named CMO at Texas Health Arlington

Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has named James H. Sammons Jr., M.D., as its chief medical officer. In this position he will promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care throughout all departments at Texas Health Arlington Memorial. He’ll assume his post July 30. Sammons will work with the hospital’s executive team and medical staff and report to Harold Berenzweig, M.D., Texas Health Resources’ executive vice president and Southwest Zone clinical leader. Kirk King, the hospital’s president, said Sammons’ expertise, clinical skills, and leadership will be a valuable resource throughout the Texas Health system. “We anticipate him helping us advance… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.16.12)

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has been certified as primary stroke center.   A 22,074-square-foot medical/dental complex at 3232 Broadway in Garland will be auctioned off on Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. The three-building complex sits on a 3-acre lot and has space for 13 practices and 163 parking spaces.   Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has become one of the first facilities in North Texas to support the American Orthopedic Association’s “Own the Bone” program, which aims to decrease the rising number of fragility fractures in America.   Methodist Health System will participate in the Medicare Shared Savings program and… Full Story

More Males Entering Nursing Programs at UTA

The number of male students enrolled in the University of Arlington’s Nurse Practitioner Program has risen more than 9 percent in the past three years. The upsurge at UTA, which ranks in the top 15 largest schools of nursing in the United States, reflects a trend noted in a recent New York Times article, which reports that the number of male nurses working in the field has nearly doubled in the past decade. Mary Schira, associate dean and chair in the department of advanced practice nursing at UTA, said the number of males in the master’s program has been increasing,… Full Story

New Emergency Care Center on Tap for Texas Health Harris Methodist in Fort Worth

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is constructing a $57.7 million emergency care center at the corner of West Terrell Street and Fifth Avenue. The goal of the clinic is to provide a continuum of care for geriatric patients and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions. The three-story, 75,000-square-foot emergency care center, slated for completion in fall 2013, will be one block south of the hospital’s current emergency department and will connect to the main hospital through a sky bridge. It will nearly triple the square footage of the existing department and increase patient beds to 90 from the current 63.… Full Story

Life Expectancy By County

Life expectancy grew in two decades by more than seven years for Collin County men and about half that much for Collin County women. A recent report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) found that the county closed the life-expectancy gap with the nation’s highest rate from about eight years in 1989 to about one year in 2009. The nation’s highest life expectancy for men is Marin County, CA, at 81.6 years. Collin County men are not far behind at 80.5 years. The County Health Rankings, prepared by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, ranked Collin… Full Story