JPS Health Network Expands Its Oncology and Infusion Center

JPS Health Network has opened a 50,170 square-foot Oncology and Infusion Center to provide more space for cancer patients that need those services. The facility will also include a nutritionist, psychological services, a surgical oncologist, an on-site pharmacy and an office for the JPS Cancer Survivors Clinic. Dr. Bassam Ghabach, director of the Oncology and Infusion Center, says that 38 percent of cancer patients who seek treatment at JPS are in Stage III or IV when diagnosed, but the new center will allow more space for earlier detection and increased likelihood to beat the cancer. Oncology visits have increased by… Full Story

North Texas is Home to Five of the ‘Most Wired’ Health Systems in the Country

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has named several North Texas Healthcare Systems to its list of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care systems. The program awards health systems use of informational technology and recognizes organizations that adopt, implement and use best practices in the field. Texas is home to 11 of the most wired health systems in the country. Children’s Health, Cook Children’s, JPS, Texas Health Resources and UTSW also made the list in North Texas. THR has been named to the list 18 of 20 times, and highlights its use of electronic health records which are shared… Full Story

Taking Stock of How DFW’s NICUs Stack Up

In 2013, state legislators passed a bill that required the Department of Health and Human Services to rate the ability of Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) to care for critically ill newborns here in Texas. After the hospitals apply for a certain level of care, ranging from more or less healthy premature babies in Level I to babies who need life support in Level IV, a team from the American Academy of Pediatrics or Texas Perinatal Services, a division of the nonprofit Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation, visits the hospitals and gives their rating recommendation rating to the… Full Story

Here Are The Finalists For D CEO’s 2018 Excellence In Healthcare Awards

D CEO magazine and D CEO Healthcare online have the privilege of recognizing outstanding healthcare CEOs, physicians, and leaders with its fifth annual Excellence in Healthcare Awards program. Healthcare innovation, costs, and policy continue to guide the national discussion, and we hope that highlighting these nominees will encourage the industry and move it forward. We look back on the last year in North Texas healthcare with anticipation for what is next in one of the largest sectors of the local economy.  Finalists will be recognized in the December issue of D CEO and at an exclusive event on November 29,… Full Story

An Amputee And The Cost Of A Medevac

Doctors amputated Dr. Naveed Khan’s arm after injuries from an ATV crash along the Red River near Wichita Falls, Texas, and his case is a microcosm of the tension between insurance and air ambulance companies. Khan is a 35-year-old radiologist who was enjoying an ATV ride with his friend when he tipped the vehicle and gashed his arm, according to KERA. They rushed to the United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, but he needed to be treated at a trauma center as quickly as possible. The severity of the injury required the medevac ride, according to Dr. Rajesh Gandhi,… Full Story

Tarrant County Commissioners Issue Bond Proposal To Fund More Than $1.2 Billion In JPS Upgrades

It’ll be up to Tarrant County voters to decide whether the JPS Health Network gets a host of facilities improvements including a new behavioral health hospital, new main hospital tower to include a level one trauma center, a new cancer center, four new regional health centers, and a new ambulatory surgical center. The total cost could be more than $1.2 billion, and the Tarrant County Commissioners are asking citizens to approve the issuance of a $800 million bond for the projects. The county says it can get them done without raising taxes. The bonds would be issued in several series… Full Story

JPS Looks To Add A Revenue Stream With Fort Worth Development

JPS Health Network has lined up CBRE to market a 5.6-acre mixed-use development the organization will break ground on in 2019. CBRE says in a news release that the site is being offered via long-term ground lease. Potential projects are valued north of $100 million. The development will sit on a parking lot currently used by JPS patients and employees. Developing the desirable space, which affronts Magnolia and Main Streets, allows JPS to add a long-term revenue stream. “We are pleased to offer a world-class development opportunity next to our main Fort Worth campus,” said Robert Earley, President and CEO… Full Story

Parkland Joins 17 Other North Texas Hospitals With “Pathway to Excellence” Designation

Parkland Health & Hospital System has joined 17 other hospitals in the area as a Pathway to Excellence designee. According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which assigns the designations, Parkland is the first Pathway organization in the U.S. of its kind—a public, safety-net system that provides correctional healthcare as part of its services. (Jumping in here: After this went up, the Tarrant County-supported JPS Health Network notified us that it was named a Pathway designee on the same day as Parkland, meaning Parkland isn’t the only public, safety-net system that also provides correctional healthcare to be designated.) The… Full Story

Dallas Medical Society to Discontinue Project Access Dallas in 2013

The Dallas County Medical Society has decided to shut down Project Access Dallas, its successful 10-year-old program that provides charity care to the uninsured, in 2013. The DCMS board voted Wednesday to discontinue the program after falling short of getting the funding it requested under the new 1115 Medicaid Waiver. The DCMS board withdrew its support for the waiver’s regional health plan in a Nov. 15 letter to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. Jim Walton, DO, the program’s medical director, and Richard Snyder, MD, DCMS president, issued a joint statement on the decision: “Dallas area hospitals will… Full Story

Medicare Will Penalize 26 Local Hospitals for Readmissions Beginning Oct. 1

Twenty-six hospitals in the four-county Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area are among the more than 2,000 hospitals across the country that will be penalized by the federal government, because too many of their patients are readmitted soon after discharge, according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). More than two-thirds of the nation’s hospitals will be penalized for readmissions starting in October. The penalties, which CMS characterizes as “adjustments,” were authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to prod hospitals to lower unscheduled patient readmissions. Research consistently shows that about one out of five Medicare patients return to the hospital… Full Story