When a Liver Mutation is a Good Thing

Researchers at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern have found that not all liver mutations are created equal. A liver mutation was previously thought to be an indicator of cancer or another disfunction, but researchers using gene sequencing have found that some adult liver mutations promote regeneration after liver damage. “Mutations that arise in normal cells are most often viewed through the lens of cancer. While certain mutations can represent steps toward the development of cancer, other mutations may actually promote tissue healing without causing cancer,” said Dr. Hao Zhu, an Associate Professor at CRI and of… Full Story

Five Local Hospitals Earn Leapfrog’s Top Hospital Honor

Five North Texas Hospitals made the Leapfrog Group’s list of Top Hospitals for safety and quality. Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Children’s Medical Center Plano, Medical City Denton, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, and Methodist Richardson Medical Center all made this year’s list. Leapfrog is a national watchdog organization that evaluates hospitals on patient care and safety. They recognized 118 hospitals children’s, general, teaching, and rural hospitals across the country. Hospitals report their performance through Leapfrog’s survey, which evaluates infection rates, maternity care, medication errors and other criteria. DFW Business Group on Health, a nonprofit representing employer purchases of healthcare, is Leapfrog… Full Story

New Board Members for Children’s Medical Center

Children’s Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Operating Division Board of Directors have named new board members. The Children’s Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors has named Joe Jouvenal, Amanda Shufeldt and Avi Kahn to the board. Kahn is the president and CEO of Hilti North America, a construction equipment and services company. He works with the Dallas Regional Chamber Board of Directors and as Chair of the International Task Force. Shufeldt is an attorney who is active in the Dallas Museum of Art Board of Trustees, Texas Ballet Theater Board of Governors, The Cary Council Steering Committee,… Full Story

How Does the State’s New Rating System for NICUs Work?

Five years ago, Texas lawmakers passed a law that required hospital neonatal intensive care units to receive a rating from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. After lawmakers passed an implementation delay in 2015 to iron out the details, the ratings were finalized this year. Based on the new ratings system, North Texas is home to many of the highest-rated, level IV NICUs. With guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the legislature passed a series of requirements for each level of NICU care, which range from more or less healthy newborns in level I to the most critically… Full Story

$6.9 Million Grant Awarded to Children’s Medical Center, UT Southwestern for Cancer Study

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded a $6.9 million grant to a team at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center. The one-of-a-kind study is seeking to discover the drivers of soft-tissue sarcoma and Ewin’s sarcoma, and develop custom treatments for children who have the disease. The project is being led by Stephen Skapek, M.D., medical division director for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s and a professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern. The team will work with researchers at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital and the UT Health Science… Full Story

Children’s Medical Center Opens Three Area Primary Care Offices

MyChildren’s, a network of pediatric primary care offices affiliated with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas has opened three new practices in Oak Cliff, East Plano, and Lake Highlands. The clinics are located in neighborhoods where fewer options exist for families that depend on Medicaid and the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, Children’s says. The network selected office locations based on patient demographics, access to pediatric primary care services, and the top ZIP codes where families are using the Children’s Medical Center Emergency Department for primary care. MyChildren’s locations take both Medicaid and commercially insured patients. “Many families resort to the… Full Story