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In The News: December 2009

Baylor Featured in Dallas Morning News Article

December 27, 2009 – Baylor Health Care System was featured in the Dallas Morning News about its plans to transition to an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The story compared Baylor’s efforts to those of a hospital system in Sacramento, CA which has succeeded in reducing health care costs in that area by integrating services and better coordinating patient care. The story also highlighted thehealth maintenance organization model in California pioneered by Kaiser Permanente which has led to more efficient care and a decrease in costs. The article proposes that Baylor may be able to do the same thing in Dallas with its’ ACO strategy.


Santa by Appointment
WFAA-TV (Channel 8)

December 24, 2009 – Children with special needs and their families got an opportunity to visit Santa Claus without having to endure crowded malls and shopping centers thanks to Our Children's House (OCH) at Baylor's, "Santa by Appointment" event. Children with special needs can become over-stimulated by the long lines, large crowds and loud noise sometimes creating an unpleasant experience for them and their families. At the OCH event, children and their families can visit Santa at a scheduled time in a familiar atmosphere with trained staff to help meet their needs. The event began last year at OCH Frisco and was expanded this year to OCH Dallas and OCH Allen. Jennifer Wadsworth, speech language pathologist at Our Children's House at Baylor in Dallas, was featured in this Good Morning Texas segment along with Monica McCalister and her son, Xavier, a patient at OCH Dallas.


Dr. David Winter Interviewed on KRLD-1080

December 24, 2009 – Dr. David Winter with Baylor Health Care System was interviewed on KRLD News Radio 1080 about the threat of a serious health hazard as near-blizzard weather comes to North Texas---hypothermia. He explains what causes the condition and how to avoid it.


Dr. David Winter Interviewed on KRLD-1080

December 17, 2009 – Dr. David Winter with Baylor Health Care System was interviewed on KRLD News Radio 1080 about the scientific truth behind some popular holiday myths. Are poinsettias really poisonous? Do you really loose the majority of your body heat thru your head? Do suicides actually increase during the holiday season?


Dr. David Winter Interviewed on KRLD-1080

December 10, 2009 – Dr. David Winter with Baylor Health Care System was interviewed on KRLD News Radio 1080 about the results of a new study that found having a cup of coffee after a few cocktails may actually make you more drunk.


Dr. Jeff Schussler Featured on WFAA-TV

December 8, 2009 – Dr. Jeff Schussler, a cardiologist on staff at the Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, appeared live on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas to talk about a new non-invasive test that can detect early signs of heart disease. The calcium score screening is an important tool in the fight against coronary artery disease, which is the leading cause of death in America. Dr. Schussler encouraged viewers to give the gift of heart health this season and schedule a family member or loved one to have this life-saving test for only $79. To schedule your screening go to BaylorHeartHospital.com.


Tweet of the Times--North Texas hospitals get in the game as social media changes landscape
Dallas Business Journal

December 4, 2009 – North Texas hospitals, including Baylor Health Care System are now using social media websites like Twitter and Facebook to communicate with their patients and the online community. Nikki Mitchell, director of BHCS Media Relations was quoted.


Dr. David Winter Interviewed on KRLD-1080

December 3, 2009 – Dr. David Winter with Baylor Health Care System was interviewed on KRLD News Radio 1080 about a new study that found hospitals are giving faster care to heart attack patients, a speed-up that is saving lives.


For Women For Life Event Previewed on WFAA-TV

December 1, 2009 – Dr. Cristi Aitelli, a medical oncologist on the medical staff at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, and Sunny Drenik, director of marketing, and appeared live on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas to give viewers a preview of the upcoming "For Women For Life" event, an annual women’s health fair sponsored by Baylor Health Care System. This year the event will take place on January 30, 2010. To register, call 1-800-4BAYLOR.

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