How Are Hospitals Posting Their Prices, and Is It Helpful?

The Public Health Act was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, which requires hospitals to make a public list of the hospital’s standard charges starting this year, but the posted price doesn’t tell the full story. Insurance, a person’s health, and the negotiated rate between insurers and providers complicates the out-of-pocket payment, the posted prices might not mean much to the average consumer. President and CEO of the DFW Hospital Council W. Stephen Love says the council’s member hospitals support transparency, but warn to proceed with caution. “We support transparency and want people to make informed decisions,” he says.… Full Story

Medical City President Re-Elected to Texas Hospital Association Board

Medical City Healthcare’s president Erol Akdamar has been re-elected to the Texas Hospital Association’s board of trustees. THA represents the needs of hospitals in the state and federal government. Via statement, the THA said that it would be focused on funding for physician residencies at Texas’ teaching hospitals, a more pressing need with the opening of another medical school at TCU. The association also wants to expand behavioral health funding, service availability and access, enhance Medicaid reimbursement rates for rural hospitals and trauma facilities among others, and to improve the number of Texans with health insurance. Akdamar has served in… Full Story

Join Us for D CEO’s Cancer-Focused Healthcare Panel Breakfast

Texas is 13th in the country in number of cancer deaths at 149 per 100,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and part of the reason Texas has such a high ranking despite being one of the most uninsured states in the country is the strength of the medical community and its ability to stay on the cutting age of cancer research and treatment. To dig deeper into these strengths, D CEO will host our second D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel Discussion to explore how our region is shaping cancer treatment. As Americans live longer and cancer becomes more prevalent… Full Story

Medical City Plano Adds Single-Dose Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

A new treatment at Medical City Plano is reducing breast cancer treatment from eight weeks to eight minutes. For early-stage breast cancer patients, the new procedure involves surgery and radiation using iCAD’s Xoft Electronic Brachytherapy System. The FDA-approved treatment uses a miniaturized x-ray to deliver a precise, concentrated dose of radiation to a tumor site directly after surgery, or lumpectomy. The radiation treats the remaining tumor that wasn’t removed during the surgery. The treatment isn’t limited to breast cancer, but can be used for non-melanoma skin cancer and gynecological cancer as well. Worldwide, more than 10,000 patients have been successfully treated.… Full Story

Medical City To Build Freestanding ER in White Settlement

Medical City Healthcare is putting a freestanding emergency department in White Settlement, a stand-alone center that will be affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth. The 11,600-square-foot facility will have 12 treatment rooms, a full lab, and X-ray and CT capabilities. It will be called Medical City ER White Settlement and is expected to open in spring 2019. White Settlement is about 10 miles west of downtown Fort Worth. Medical City is holding a groundbreaking on Thursday. The facility is at 9650 White Settlement Road in Fort Worth.

Medical City Arlington Opens A Level 3 NICU

Medical City Arlington will undergo the delicate task of transferring some of its most vulnerable patients to a new unit this week. The 382-bed hospital has officially opened the doors to a new neonatal intensive care unit. The NICU has received a level III designation from the state. It has 36 beds and 15 private rooms for families. It also has a couple overnight rooms, private family lounge, secluded work spaces, and provides a 24/7 live stream. It’s Medical City Arlington’s second phase of an expansion to its Women’s Hospital, which should be all done by spring 2019. Phase one… Full Story

Medical City Names a CEO in Weatherford

Sean Kamber will be the next chief executive at Medical City Weatherford. Kamber is a previous chief operating officer at the hospital, serving in that role from 2014 through 2017 before the hospital was brought under Medical City Healthcare. For the last year, he’s served as vice president of rural and community outreach for the Gulf Coast division of Medical City’s parent, HCA Healthcare. As Weatherford Regional’s COO, Kamber spurred higher CMS hospital scores, grew admissions and surgery, and completed a joint venture for an imaging center. He has a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University… Full Story

DFWHC Announces Its Young Healthcare Exec Of The Year

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has selected Medical City Fort Worth CEO Jyric Sims the 2018 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. The award goes to a leader at a DFWHC-member hospital who is 40 years old or under, and who displays promise as a leader of the future. Sims has been CEO of 320-bed Medical City Fort Worth for about a year. He spent time in executive roles at HCA Healthcare hospitals (HCA is Medical City Healthcare’s parent company) in Florida and Louisiana before moving to DFW. He’ll be honored in October at DFWHC’s annual awards luncheon at the… 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 Healthy Eating Program Recognized

The kids teaching kids program at Medical City Children’s Hospital is one of five programs across the country to receive the American Hospital Association NOVA Award for its efforts to improve community health. Hospital leadership will grab the award at a summit in San Diego later this month. Kids teaching kids was created in 2010 to improve children’s eating habits by encouraging them to choose healthier snacks. A 21-day challenge associated with the program has reached 275,000 elementary-aged students and their parents with nutritional resources. Through a “Kids Fit Menu,” North Texas children have ordered 300,000 healthy menu items at… Full Story