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Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington has expanded its facilities to better serve patients. (Photo courtesy of Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington)


Medical Center Arlington has a new name after one of the region’s largest and most comprehensive healthcare providers — HCA North Texas — announced a unifying name change to Medical City Healthcare. The market wide brand reflects the company and its 13 DFW hospitals’ shared commitment and investment in the North Texas community.

“Medical City is a trusted name with an immediately recognizable reputation for quality healthcare,” says Erol Akdamar, FACHE, president of Medical City Healthcare. “We’ve always been a family, and now the public and our patients will be able to immediately identify our expansive system of care in their own communities.”

The new name affects 13 DFW hospitals and seven off-campus hospital ERs. The Medical City Healthcare system also includes 11 ambulatory surgery locations, six children’s urgent care centers and the CareNow urgent care network.

The unifying name change coincides with a major capital investment initiative at the hospital of more than $1.5 billion spent or committed over three years. Medical City Arlington recently completed construction on two projects totaling $30 million, part of a $100 million facility expansion and renovation investment. The latest completions include a suite for a 3-D Biplane, leading-edge technology that allows for 360-degree radiological imaging, and an expansion of the existing intensive care unit.

A new screening program at Texas Health Arlington Memorial aims to catch deadly lung cancers earlier, hopefully doing for lung cancer what mammograms have done for breast cancer.

The hospital was recently designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology for their safe, effective diagnostic care for those at high-risk for lung cancer. Patients are screened using low-dose computerized tomography that helps detect lung cancer at an earlier and more treatable stage compared to the standard chest X-ray. Identifying lung cancer in the early stages can lower the risk of dying by 20 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute. “Lung cancer usually progresses silently, and many symptoms don’t appear until the disease is advanced and at a non-curable stage,” Mahin Masoumalizadeh, R.T., CT team leader at Texas Health Arlington Memorial, says. “This screening is a game-changer for those at risk. It provides lung cancer patients a better chance of survival and it also gives peace of mind for those at risk to know that their lungs are clear.”

The U. S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends yearly lung cancer screening for:

  • Adults aged 55-80 years old, with …
  • A 30 pack per year smoking history, and …
  • Who currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

In 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Medicare now covers yearly low-dose CT lung cancer screening for Medicare beneficiaries who fit within the recommended guidelines and receive a written order from a physician or qualified non-physician practitioner.

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Methodist Mansfield Medical Center celebrated its 10th anniversary last month. When it opened on Dec. 27, 2006, the 88-bed community hospital was Methodist Health System’s first health care facility in Tarrant County.

Today, Methodist Mansfield has grown to a 254-bed hospital, offering the latest in medical technology and innovative treatments through dozens of specialties.

The hospital recently added four new operating rooms with a focus on neurosurgery and minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, as well as award-winning cardiology services at the Amon G. Carter Foundation Heart and Vascular Center.

In these 10 years, the hospital has grown and achieved exceptional safety scores, outperformed other hospitals in key quality measures to provide the best patient care, and has become one of the preferred hospitals in the area. During the decade, Methodist Mansfield has treated 772,498 total patients, 438,114 in the emergency departments, and delivered 15,136 babies.

Recently, Methodist Mansfield received the highest rating possible by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety.

The Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Methodist Mansfield’s A grade is a powerful reminder of our commitment to saving and improving lives,” says Methodist Mansfield president John Phillips, FACHE. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that puts safety and patient care above all else.”

Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington (Baylor Arlington) has expanded the hospital at 707 W. Highlander.

The expansion adds four new operating rooms for a total of 10 operating rooms. Nine new post-anesthesia care units (PACUs) have been added including three private, for a total of 21 PACUs for inpatient surgery patients to recover before moving to a hospital room, and for outpatient surgery patients to recover before going home.

The north entrance features a new lobby with a large waiting room that includes an Electronic Tracking board so loved ones can track where the patient is in process.

Two new admission bays have been added to speed admission times. The expansion also includes a new, dedicated Pain Management Center, a relocated emergency entrance with dedicated admissions rooms and an ambulance entry, plus added parking along the back of the property near the new North Lobby entrance. The South Lobby will remain the entrance for surgery patients.

The new expansion also provides advanced technologies that allow interfacing with new medical equipment in the education room for education conferences as needed.

With these expanded capabilities Baylor Arlington staff can provide secure external patient education, even to patients internationally.

“We are excited to open our expansion that includes accommodations for surgery and non-surgery patients,” says Allan Beck, Chief Executive Officer at Baylor Arlington. “This expansion extends our commitment to provide the best comprehensive outpatient and inpatient treatment of orthopedic and spine disorders in North Texas, and adds a new dedicated center for patients in need of pain management care.”