Take a Look at Medical City Children’s New Pediatric Cancer Unit

There is a new pediatric cancer unit at 208-bed Medical City Children’s Hospital that will focus on all types of youth cancer and blood disorders. Previously, the hospital’s pediatric cancer patients shared space with other pediatric patients, but the new unit will be focused on cancer patients. The newly-constructed unit will include 12 patient rooms equipped with 55-inch smart HD televisions, desks, closets, a family lounge with other amenities, two playrooms, an exercise bike, a conference room and high-efficiency particulate air filters for all rooms, providing purified air for cancer patients. “Opening the new pediatric cancer unit at Medical City Children’s… Full Story

Medical City Children’s Hospital Names New CEO

Jessica O’Neal will be Medical City Children’s Hospital’s new CEO starting in December. O’Neal served as Chief Operating Officer of West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Florida since 2016. That hospital is owned by Medical City’s parent company, HCA Healthcare. While at West Florida Hospital, she helped integrate the pediatric specialty care network services and providers into West Florida Hospital’s delivery system while launching a variety of pediatric services such as orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonology, ENT, GI, urology and imaging services. O’Neal is no stranger to Dallas, as she was VP of operations and COO of Methodist Dallas Medical Center prior to her… Full Story

The First Spina Bifida Open Fetal Surgery in North Texas

North Texas’s first spina bifida open fetal surgery occurred this summer at The Fetal Care Center in Medical City Children’s Hospital, when Dr. Timothy Crombleholme operated on Uriah Powell while he was still his in his mother’s womb. Shawn Shinneman wrote about Crombleholme’s journey to Dallas and how fetal surgery arrived in North Texas in October’s D Magazine. When Uriah was born, his kicking legs signaled a successful spina bifida surgery. When Uriah’s mother Sarah was 18 weeks pregnant, she found he had spina bifida, a birth defect caused when the spine and spinal cord do not form properly, exposing a… 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

Medical City Dallas Adds Advanced Spine Center

Medical City Dallas has launched a new Scoliosis & Advanced Spine Center to help treat scoliosis deformities and perform complex spine surgeries and revision surgeries. The expansion of the spine program at Medical City includes a research component, as well—studying graft material, looking for ways to prevent deformities post-surgery, analysis of how preoperative evaluations can help predict good outcomes, and the like. The center compliments Medical City Children’s Hospital Orthopedics & Spine. “The Medical City Scoliosis & Advanced Spine Center is committed to providing the most advanced technology and care for our patients throughout North Texas and the Southwest,” said… Full Story

Medical City Opens Fetal Care Center, Will Perform Closed And Open Fetal Surgeries

Medical City Children’s Hospital recently opened its new Fetal Care Center, which offers a range of fetal services—some of which were previously limited or nonexistent in North Texas. “Quite frankly, it really has been overdue considering our population size,” says Laura Swaney, Medical City’s VP of Women’s and Children’s Services. The center will be one of the only hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth offering closed fetal surgery, which is conducted while the baby is still in the womb. And, it will be the first hospital in North Texas—Swaney says—to offer open fetal surgery. With Dr. Timothy Crombleholme serving as director, Medical… Full Story

Medical City Children’s Adds Veteran Pediatric Orthopedics Surgeon

Medical City Children’s Hospital has named a new medical director of pediatric orthopedics and pediatric orthopedic trauma. Shyam Kishan joins the 156-bed hospital from Indianapolis-based Riley Hospital for Children, where he was associate professor of pediatric orthopedics. While at Riley, he led the launch of a new regional center for the treatment of children with pediatric spinal deformities. Kishan went to medical school and completed residencies in Bombay and New Jersey. Board-certified in the U.S. and India, he completed a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and Scoliosis Fellowship at Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego. He’s fluent in English, French, Hindi, Bengali,… Full Story

Medical City Children’s Hospital Hires Director of Business Development

Medical City Children’s Hospital has hired of Deborah Sheppard as its director of business development. In her new role, Sheppard will work to develop business strategies to grow programs and increase market share of Medical City Children’s Hospital by working with physician alignment, service line and program strategy, and physician and operational leadership. She will report to Medical City’s chief development officer. Sheppard joins Medical City Children’s Hospital with 22 years of experience in business development and hospital operations. Most recently, she served as senior director of operations at Children’s Medical Center Dallas–Legacy Hospital in Plano.

Morning Rounds (07.27.12)

Texas Woman’s University of Dallas receives $452,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Medical City Children’s Hospital sees a baby boom in June, with births setting a 12-year record. Healthcare.gov launches tool to help consumers determine if their insurer is providing value for premiums under new 80/20 rule. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation is examining the “gray market” impact on drug shortages. The Advisory Board Co. releases fun infographic comparing Olympic athletes to average Americans. Plus: Who’s healthiest in a hospital—nurses, physicians, or patients?