Parkland and THR Named to List of Conservation-Friendly Companies

Parkland Health and Hospital System and Texas Health Resources have been named to the Texan by Nature 20, which recognizes 20 companies with Texas operations that show a commitment to conservation. Texan by Nature is a conservation nonprofit led by former First Lady Laura Bush. “At Texan by Nature, our firm belief is that our long term prosperity and health is dependent upon our natural resources. In launching the TxN 20, we aim to spotlight innovation in conservation and inspire more substantial efforts to create a new model of conservation for Texans and our shared future,” said Joni Carswell, CEO &… Full Story

Texas Health’s Senior Meal Programs are Reducing Emergency Care Usage

A Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas pilot program is delivering food to seniors via Meals on Wheels and using the interaction to determine if future medical care is needed. The program, called Meals that Heal, is reducing visits to the emergency room by senior patients who have been recently discharged. The meals are delivered through the Visiting Nurse Association and Meals on Wheels. Deliverers ask patients a series of questions when they visit the patient’s home. They typically ask open-ended questions regarding a patient’s medication schedule and feelings of health since their discharge. Are they feeling better? Taking their medication,… Full Story

Texas Health Receives Federal Grant Targeting Youth Sports in Pleasant Grove

Texas Health Resources is the only health system in the country to receive a federal grant to promote youth sports through the Salvation Army Pleasant Grove Corps. The $800,000 grant is from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for the federal Youth Engagement in Sports (YES) initiative.  “Texas Health has enhanced its engagement with the communities we are blessed to serve by intentionally partnering with community-based organizations, corporations and funders,” said David Tesmer, Texas Health chief community and public policy officer via release. “We are serving as a catalyst for meeting local needs.” The program is funded through August… Full Story

Texas Health Mails Incorrect Bills, Impacting 82,000 Patients

Texas Health Resources improperly mailed patient information and bills, impacting 82,000 patients, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The data was “matched with and send to the incorrect guarantor,” which is usually the insurance policy’s primary holder, THR said. Healthcare data experts say that healthcare data is can be more valuable than credit cards when it falls into the wrong hands. Medical information is sensitive and can be used to blackmail someone who doesn’t want their condition to get out, and the information can also be used to corroborate other financial information. The data included patient names, account numbers, service dates, the… Full Story

Tenet, THR, and HCA Among Members of Anti-Medicare for All Organization

Tenet Healthcare, Texas Health Resources, and Healthcare Corporation of America are all listed as members of an organization that is working against Medicare for All, as first reported in The Intercept. Most healthcare providers have been clear that Medicare at all would be untenable for hospitals because of low reimbursement rates. The article says that Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, which is the third-largest investor-owned operator of hospitals, has donated nearly $630,000 to the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, or PAHCF. The organization’s website says, “whether it’s called Medicare for all, buy-in, or a public option, one-size-fits-all health care will never allow us to achieve those goals.” Texas Health Resources and Healthcare… Full Story

DFW’s Most Expensive Hospitals

HCA Healthcare is the region’s most expensive hospital system, though others are not far behind, according to a 2019 Rand Corporation study and interactive map that measured prices paid at hospitals relative to the Medicare reimbursement rate. The HCA system, which includes hospitals in several states and is the parent company of Medical City Healthcare, received 303 percent of what Medicare reimburses for the same procedures and facilities, according the study. The study did not include every hospital in the region, conspicuously leaving out UT Southwestern and Parkland, but was compiled with data from self-insured employers, state-based all-payer claims databases,… Full Story

15 North Texas Hospitals Earn Cardiology Achievement Award

Several North Texas hospitals have received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Performance Achievement Award which recognizes quality heart attack care. Texas Health facilities took home six of the awards, with Baylor Scott and White receiving five honors, Methodist had two hospitals recognized, and UT Southwestern and Medical City Plano were also named. The honor comes as the rate of heart disease is increasing. A study from the National Vital Statics Reports, says that heart disease death rates increased by four percent between 2011 and 2017. “That’s a trend we want to see diminish quickly,” said Lenetra… Full Story

Why Texas Health Hospital Mansfield is Going Modular

Texas Health Hospital Mansfield is set to open early in 2021, but with labor shortages and unpredictable weather plaguing the construction industry all over North Texas, they found a solution that improves quality, consistency, and could be the future of the construction industry. Partnering with design and construction firm Beck Group and Factory Blue, the hospital is being built with modular restroom pods for the surgical and ICU patient rooms. The prefab rooms are built completely offsite and delivered to the hospital when they are complete. Factory Blue is the only multi-trade prefabrication facility in North Texas and is located… Full Story

Baylor and Former Texas Health Leaders Honored by DFW Hospital Council

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has named Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney President Kyle Armstrong the 2019 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year and former chair of the Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees John R. “Bob” Ferguson the 2019 Kerney Laday, Sr. Trustee of the Year. The Young Healthcare Executive of the Year honor recognizes high achievement of those under the age of 40 in a DFWHC-member hospital. The trustee of the year honor is named for Kerney Laday Sr., who was on the THR board for 10 years, and acknowledges excellence in the trustee role. Armstrong… Full Story

THR and Premier Inc. Form Joint Supply Chain Venture

Texas Health Resources and Premier Inc have partnered to form a supply chain organization called Texas Health Supply Chain Services in an attempt to manage costs. THR’s 26 hospitals and numerous other facilities have worked with healthcare services company Premier for more than 20 years, but they will be more intertwined with the new joint venture. Premier connects more than 4,000 hospitals and health systems in the U.S. and about 165,999 other providers and organizations to provide analytics, supply chain solutions, consulting and other services. The two companies hope to reduce costs and inefficiencies with the partnership. “As we focus… Full Story