Patient Care

Scott Carlton with nurse

Changing the culture of patient safety

By 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

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On the road again

By Jan Jarvis   After being sidelined since May, the Pediatric Mobile Clinic is on the road again providing health care to uninsured children in Tarrant County. The specially equipped Pediatric Mobile Clinic was parked in its usual spot near the UNT Health Science Center campus when it was struck overnight by another vehicle May... Read more »

Sep 1, 2016

Asthma 411 nurse and student

Kids’ in-school asthma program may expand soon

By 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

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Medicine for musicians

By 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

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Grateful for every step

By 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

Pediatric Mobile Clinic staff with patient

Gifts keep Pediatric Mobile Clinic’s wheels turning

By Alex Branch   Obstacle after obstacle kept a 1-year-old Texas boy from getting regular health checkups. He lived with his grandmother, who neither speaks English nor drives a car. His family didn’t qualify for Medicaid, and his grandmother didn’t know where she could take him for wellness checks. The only time he received medical... Read more »

Mar 17, 2016

Michael Williams

Transforming a hospital in crisis

By Jeff Carlton   When Dr. Michael Williams took charge as CEO of Hill Country Memorial in 2008, the rural hospital in Fredericksburg faced systemic problems. It was losing money every year. Patient satisfaction was low. Employee morale had plummeted. And community members routinely were seeking better care in Austin, San Antonio and elsewhere. But... Read more »

Mar 15, 2016

Asthma 411 nurse and student

Helping kids cope with asthma emergencies at school  

By Betsy Friauf   A slam-dunk pilot project does more than win awards and put up great numbers. It makes a difference in people’s lives. That’s the case with “Asthma 411,” a collaboration between UNT Health Science Center and Fort Worth Independent School District. Nationally, 9.3 percent of children have asthma. In sad contrast, by... Read more »

Feb 25, 2016

New mother postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is a treatable disease

By Jan Jarvis Bringing home a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life. When it’s not, women often feel as if something is wrong with them, said Shanna Combs, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNT Health Science Center. “They’re depressed, but women are very good... Read more »

Feb 12, 2016

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Patient Navigator cuts red tape to ensure excellent care

By Betsy Friauf   Bernice Etcoff needed help. She couldn’t lift her arm to do simple things like combing her hair or getting dressed. She was in pain and had an unexplained sudden weakness in her shoulder. Based on a physical exam, her physician, David C. Mason, DO, suspected a torn rotator cuff. An imaging... Read more »

Feb 8, 2016