A $20 million expansion of Heart Hospital Baylor Denton, formerly North Texas Hospital, is underway to add six intensive care suites and a cardiovascular operating room, in addition to interior renovations already completed, officials said.
Despite a surge of flu cases in Denton County in recent weeks, flu shots are still available at local clinics but supplies are dwindling, health officials said. Local hospitals are busier than usual with flu cases but are not reporting the overcrowding problems that have been reported by some hospitals in Dallas and Tarrant counties, local officials said.
The Denton State Supported Living Center has come up short again in achieving required reforms after three years of federal monitoring. Denton’s center, home to more than 400 people with disabilities, is among those making the most progress of the 13 state centers being monitored by the U.S. Department of Justice, state officials say.
It’s been a tough week for breathers in North Texas, particularly in Denton County. Every day for more than a week now has been an “ozone action day.” Denton’s ozone monitor, once it was back online Aug. 30, quickly racked up some of the highest readings in the state, suggesting that progress in improving the region’s air quality has stalled.
A new clinic will soon provide pediatric care to young patients in Denton County. First Refuge will provide medical care, immunizations, antibiotics therapy, a medication assistance program, chiropractic and massage therapy for pain management, nutrition counseling and well-child care to children up to age 18.
The Denton County Health Department announced Thursday it has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus for 2013 in the county.
American Red Cross officials are seeing fewer blood donors this summer and they are encouraging people to locate a blood drive in their area to donate in an effort to prevent a shortage. On Tuesday, the American Red Cross issued an emergency request for donors of all blood types after seeing about 10 percent or 50,000 fewer donations across the country in June.
Denton resident C.J. Strayhorn was advised to retire by a doctor about two years ago because of a medical condition. At 70 years old and unprepared for retirement, Strayhorn and his wife watched as their $3,000-plus monthly income was slashed by more than half.
Medical transportation provider CareFlite will have a new home in Denton this August, where it will lease space in a brand-new hangar at Denton Enterprise Airport. CareFlite will occupy 715 square feet of office space and 4,160 square feet of hangar space to house a helicopter and about 12 employees, said Jim Swartz, CareFlite president and CEO.
It could be a while before Dr. Ron Aldridge, ex-CEO of Health Services of North Texas, will get over the fact that he actually retired. “I still say ‘we,’ talking like I am still CEO,” he said. “I still have not gotten over that.” Aldridge, 69, spent 12 1/2 years with the nonprofit agency before retiring May 17.
Denton County commissioners and the Susan G. Komen Foundation are out to help women who have low income receive testing for breast cancer. Commissioners approved a $35,000 grant from the foundation that will go toward providing access to mammograms to women who qualify.
A new interagency report recommends investing in breast cancer research that focuses on environmental factors and prevention as much as diagnosis and cures. The report, “Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention,” was released Tuesday by federal health officials and follows a legislative mandate from the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act of 2008.
Vanita Halliburton said that when her son battled depression and bipolar disorder, she simply did not know how to help him. He began cutting himself at age 14. She and her family worked hard for five years to help him get well, she said. At 19, her son sought the assistance of a health professional and later checked into a hospital for 30 days.
Denton County Health Department officials are encouraging the public to make flu shots a priority. Reports here and across the country have indicated earlier instances of influenza activity, and while this isn’t likely to go down as the worst season ever, every flu season is a serious one.
Many of us will set “eating healthier” as a New Year’s resolution for 2013. One way to achieve this resolution is by reducing portion sizes. Most of us eat more than we realize.
As researchers work to improve the accuracy of flu forecasts, local health officials say this winter’s flu season has already begun. Juan Rodriguez, chief epidemiologist with the Denton County Health Department, has counted about 30 cases of influenza in Denton County this week, compared to only two cases at this time last year.
When Gerard Hedges took his first four steps, his specialists, fellow patients and the staff at Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton celebrated by clapping. “I didn’t think I could do anything,” said Hedges, 72, sitting in his wheelchair at the hospital Tuesday.
When Pam Gutierrez first began her career as a mental health case manager at the Denton County MHMR Center, it was in an old house located on Oak Street. There were at least 10 people on staff, and the center handled 15 cases.
With the addition of three new programs, Denton County Health Department officials are hoping to make a dent in the number of low-income residents going without diabetes care and immunizations. The programs were developed through the federal 1115 Medicaid Waiver, which gives states more flexibility to provide health care for those eligible for Medicaid.
Breast cancer survivor Charla Lee credits her friend with helping her through treatment. “I was wallowing and drowning in it,” Lee said. “She kept me from sinking.” Lee, a two-year survivor, and her friend Cindy Barthold, a six-year survivor, together walked the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at South Lakes Park on Saturday.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — When Chad Hill started cancer treatments in 2005, his doctor said he likely would be unable to father a child. In February 2005, Hill was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a blood cancer. He was physically active, played sports and had no family history of the disease that primarily affects men in their 60s.
HIGHLAND VILLAGE — U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, told constituents Thursday that health care reform, as it is currently written, won’t work and its problems must be dealt with regardless of who is elected in November.