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Healthcare Brief (11/09/20)

Medical City Fort Worth honored, Tenet staff go on strike in California, and Children's Health wins a $7.5 million grant.
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For the second year in a row, Medical City Fort Worth was named one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery.” Through analysis by health research company Healthgrades, the hospital was recognized for hospital spine surgery excellence. The Fort Worth hospital also received five-star ratings for appendectomy, back surgery, spinal fusion, stroke, gallbladder removal surgery, and esophageal-stomach surgery.

The Hamon Charitable Foundation committed a $7.5 million challenge grant to Children’s Medical Center Foundation. The three-year grant will support pediatric mental health funds, including behavioral health care, mental health screening, and treatment. Children’s Health began raising funds last month to meet the challenge grant.

Bio North Texas Foundation named innovation catalyst Dr. Hubert Zajicek the 2020 Dennis K. Stone Award Recipient. The honor recognizes Dr. Zajicek’s contributions to improving quality of life through work at the Health Wildcatters, a growing Dallas-based seed stage healthcare fund. Under Dr. Zajicek’s leadership, the accelerator has supported over 70 healthcare startups.

A new North Texas value-based agreement has formed between Southwestern Health Resources, Texas Health Resources, Humana Inc., and over 5,000 physicians and clinicians. The agreement is intended to support members of Humana Medicare Advantage HMO and will become effective this January.

Tenet Health hospital workers from 11 different locations voted to strike last week, demanding improvements in health, safety and working conditions during COVID-19. With 96 percent of workers voting in favor of strike, Tenet Health says they will have been in negotiations since May and will continue active negotiations with the union, KEYT-TV reported.

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