Patient Care

Diane Hawley, PhD
New champions for elderly patientsBy Jan Jarvis   As a pharmacist, Michelle Cefaretti dispenses medications to elderly patients every day. But when she wanted to do more to help her older patients and their caregivers, she didn’t know where to start. The Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute changed that. As part of the program, the JPS Magnolia Health Clinic pharmacist Read More »

Jun 12, 2017

Patient safety leader: 59 Texans will die today from medical mistakesBy Thomas Diller, MD Executive Director, Institute for Patient Safety   Strong evidence indicates the number of deaths per year due to medical error approaches 251,000, making it the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer. In the Star-Telegram For more about patient safety from Dr. Diller, please Read More »

Mar 23, 2017

New patient safety leader committed to reducing medical harmBy Jan Jarvis The youthful sailors who work aboard aircraft carriers fall into an age group that is not exactly known for reliability. And yet in a highly dangerous environment, these 18- to 21-year olds perform their work in a consistently safe and reliable fashion. The reason: constant training and a culture that prioritizes safety, Read More »

Dec 7, 2016

Virtual Dementia FC
A virtual tour of dementiaBy Jan Jarvis   After struggling to take her morning pill, Dr. Gillian Greer collapsed on the couch and sighed. “I feel like I can’t focus on anything,” she said. “I can’t remember what I am supposed to be doing.” For Greer, a physician and resident with JPS Health Network, experiencing what life is like Read More »

Dec 6, 2016

Innovative solutions to make health care saferBy Jan Jarvis   Too often patients in pain are prescribed opioids every day, around the clock, for years and years. The result: A growing number of older patients are becoming addicted to prescription opioids, said Andrew Kolodny, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Phoenix House Foundation Inc., and Executive Director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Read More »

Oct 28, 2016

Knebl patient
The multi-generational geriatricianBy Jan Jarvis   At a glance The trend Americans are living longer. The average life expectancy in the United States is now 78. The need By 2030, about 30,000 geriatricians will be needed to care for 21 million older Americans. It is projected that 30 percent of the 65-plus population will need to be Read More »

Oct 7, 2016

Scott Carlton with nurse
Changing the culture of patient safetyBy Jan Jarvis Scott Carlton, 7, with his private duty nurse, Olubunmi Ogundoju. Patient Safety Summit The Institute’s annual Patient Safety Summit is scheduled for Oct. 27-28 in Fort Worth. The conference, “Drive the Difference: Leading Innovation in Patient Safety” will focus on delivering safer care in ambulatory settings. The Institute The Institute for Patient Safety focuses Read More »

Sep 15, 2016

Asthma 411 nurse and student
Kids’ in-school asthma program may expand soonBy Betsy Friauf   “Asthma 411” helps children avoid the emergency room and stay in school if they have an asthma attack. The pilot program, a collaboration between UNT Health Science Center and Fort Worth Independent School District, was so successful that plans are being laid to expand it. FWISD, JPS Health Network and Cook Read More »

Aug 3, 2016

Sajid Surve and Eric Nestler
Medicine for musiciansBy Jan Jarvis   Eric Nestler has played the saxophone on stages all over the world, including Carnegie Hall. But the accomplished musician and Professor of Music at the University of North Texas feared his career was over when focal dystonia, which caused violent tremors in his face and neck, made it nearly impossible to Read More »

May 26, 2016

Grateful for every stepBy Alex Branch   Patrick May told his fiancé good night, walked down the hallway to his bedroom and fell soundly asleep. Hours later, he startled awake. “My legs wouldn’t move,” said May, 65. “From my waist down, I was paralyzed. I thought I was dying – or at least about to spend the rest Read More »

Apr 1, 2016