Health Notes: FW Race for the Cure raises over $780,000

More than 6,500 runners participated in the 2015 Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure on April 25 in Fort Worth.

The 23rd annual race raised more than $780,000 toward the fight against breast cancer. The race is the largest fundraiser for the Fort Worth Komen affiliate and the largest charitable 5K race in Tarrant County. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised from the race support breast cancer detection, treatment and education in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties, with 25 percent going to national research.

Earlier in April, the Fort Worth affiliate awarded $600,000 in grants to five local organizations dedicated to ending breast cancer in its service area.

This year’s grantees are Bridge Breast Network, Cancer Care Services, Moncrief Cancer Institute, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South.

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The grants will provide breast cancer screenings, diagnostics and treatment services as well as fund breast health education projects.

Baylor Fort Worth honored

for treatment of stroke

Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Target Stroke Honor Roll Award.

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The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Baylor Fort Worth is one of 559 hospitals to be recognized with the honor.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Dr. David Klein, president.

Excel Anesthesia joins USAP,

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U.S. Anesthesia Partners Inc. (USAP), a physician services organization based in Florida, and Dallas-based Pinnacle Anesthesia Consultants have entered into a partnership with Excel Anesthesia P.A.

Excel provides anesthesia services to nearly 70 providers for more than 50 hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

With this new partnership, Excel will be integrated into Pinnacle, which is a founding partner of USAP along with Greater Houston Anesthesiology and JLR Medical Group in central Florida.

Since its formation at the end of 2012, USAP has grown to more than 1,600 anesthesia providers. The Excel transaction is the third new partnership announced by USAP in 2015, along with Denver-based Greater Colorado Anesthesia and Anesthesia Consultants of Dallas.

“We continue to see significant interest from market-leading anesthesia groups like Excel in USAP’s partnership model. Our model allows our physician partners to maintain governance of their practice and benefit from our collaborative efforts to drive growth,” said Michael Holland, chief development officer for USAP.

Anthony Norris and Jarrett Szeftel of Ropes & Gray LLP provided legal counsel to USAP. Eric Klein and Jeralin Cardoso of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP provided legal counsel to Excel.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

USMD Arlington first to use

new spinal implant surgery

Dr. Jacob Rosenstein, a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in treating disorders of the spine, recently performed the first surgery in the world using a new spinal implant.

Rosenstein completed the surgery in mid-March at USMD Hospital at Arlington. He is a member of the hospital’s board of directors and one of the hospital’s founding physicians.

The spinal implant device, called Arena-C HA with Peek-Optima HA Enhanced, is made with hydroxyapatite (HA), a naturally occurring compound in bony structures. HA helps stabilize the cervical spine and promotes quicker healing for patients. The device also has a tapered design for easier insertion. This is the first implant to be made with HA and was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in October.

Rosenstein says the new implant is a “potential game changer for spinal fusion procedures.”

“This is a great benefit to patients, who will heal faster and more predictably and return to normal activity sooner,” he said.

In addition to its groundbreaking spinal fusion surgery, USMD Hospital at Arlington was named a Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

The hospital is the only organization in Arlington and one of four in Tarrant County to receive this recognition.

UT Arlington opens space

for researchers to meet

The StartUp Lounge, a meeting place for entrepreneurs and inventors to gather, officially opened April 29 at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The lounge is a collaborative effort among the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, the Colleges of Business, Engineering and Science and TECH Fort Worth, a technology startup initiative in Fort Worth.

Joe Barrera, director of the institute, said the lounge’s aim is to help entrepreneurs and inventors before they reach the incubator stage.

“We want it to be a place where ideas can collide,” Barrera said. “Maybe that collision leads to a partnership. Or maybe it leads to a collaboration in the laboratory.”

The StartUp Lounge is located in the Campus Center, between the nanotechnology and architecture buildings.

Rangers’ Beltre receives

Lou Gehrig award for charity

Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers has won this year’s Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, presented annually by the Phi Delta Theta international fraternity to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the giving character of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, a member of the fraternity’s Columbia University chapter.

Beltre is the first Rangers player to win the award. He will receive the honor Sept. 17 when the Rangers play the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Beltre, a four-time All Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, is as determined off the field as he is on. During the last five seasons, he has donated $500,000 to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and has continuously supported the Texas Rangers RBI program, helping the Rangers secure the bid to host the RBI World Series.

He also supports the foundation’s major fundraiser, the Park Place Dealership Triple Play, and has provided $30,000 in support of the I Love Baseball program in the Dominican Republic. He also donates to organizations such as David Valle’s Esperanza International, the Robinson Chirinos Foundation, the Michael Young Family Foundation in its efforts to assist pediatric cancer patients, the Eddie Guardado Foundation in its funding for Autism Speaks, the Joakim Soria Foundation and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive.

Beltre received the MLB local Roberto Clemente Award in 2013 and 2014 for his community contributions and received the 2014 MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award.

Texas Health Springwood

receives Blue Cross award

Texas Health Springwood Behavioral Health Hospital HEB, a psychiatric and addiction facility in Bedford, is the only facility in the nation to receive a $10,000 incentive for meeting 100 percent of the quality measures in Blue Cross Blue Shield’s quality initiative for the Federal Employee Program.

Texas Health Springwood, an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, offers inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization services for adolescents age 12 to 17 and adults 18 and older. The hospital was one of only 20 health organizations invited to participate in the program and the only one to receive the full payout.

“This speaks very highly of our staff and their dedication, expertise and abilities to create better outcomes for patients,” said Deborah Paganelli, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, where the behavioral health hospital is located.

Texas Health Springwood is operated by Texas Health Behavioral Health.