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Healthcare Brief (03/25/21)

Texas Health acquires Keller rehab hospital, survey says Texans are strongly for expanding Medicaid, and more.
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Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare and Texas Health Resources have acquired Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Keller, which will be operated as a joint venture between the two organizations. The hospital opened in 2020, and is a 36-bed rehabilitation hospital. The hospital helps patients recover from strokes and other long-term issues.

Nearly seven in 10 Texans think that the state should expand Medicaid to provide health insurance to more low-income Texans who are uninsured, according to a survey from Episcopal Health Foundation. Less than half of those surveyed knew that Texas was one of 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Medical City Healthcare and its parent company HCA Healthcare gave $50,000 to the North Texas Food Bank and Tarrant Area Food Bank to address food insecurity following the winter storm. The North Texas Food Bank distributed 2.3 million meals the week after the storm, a 94 percent increase from the same week the year before.

WellHealth has launched a post-COVID care program, caring for the lingering symptoms from the virus, including respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurological systems. With many of the long-term effects of COVID-19 unknown, it is important to take extra precaution.

Texas Health Resources was recognized by the Texas Hospital Association with its 2020 Bill Aston Award for Quality for its sepsis care. It is one of the only health systems in the state to receive the award more than once. Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death of those who die in the hospital.

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