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FORT WORTH – In an important stride toward improving cardiovascular health, Medical City Fort Worth became the first hospital in Tarrant County to perform an advanced renal procedure aimed at helping patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure. Renal denervation, also calledrenal ablation, is a minimally invasive procedure that works to treat high blood pressure that has been resistant to medication.

Using a catheter, doctors deliver controlled heat energy pulses to the renal arteries, vital blood vessels that supply blood to the kidneys. Overactive signals from nerves in the kidneys, heart and brain can raise blood pressure. The application of heated energy removes the renal nerves, resulting in reduced nerve activity and a corresponding decrease in blood pressure. The procedure lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes, and no devices, like stents, are left inside the body.

A team led by interventional cardiologists Farhan Ali, MD, and Amir Malik, MD, recently performed the procedure for the first time. The same day, the patient’s blood pressure dropped 20 points in the diastolic pressure and 15 points in the systolic pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other serious health complications.

"We are proud to provide exceptional, leading-edge care through continuous innovation,” says John Hoover, Medical City Fort Worth CEO. “Bringing this groundbreaking procedure to our area underscores our commitment to offering the latest advancements and providing healthier tomorrows to our community."

Studies show significant, safe and sustained blood pressure reduction from renal denervation. To qualify as a candidate, patients must have:

  • Hypertension resistant to medication
  • Healthy blood vessels

To learn more about cardiology services at Medical City Fort Worth, please visit: https://bit.ly/3RYwx9N

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FORT WORTH – A Texas woman with diabetes celebrated a lifesaving medical milestone as the 1,000th kidney transplant at Medical City Fort Worth. The achievement underscores the exceptional capabilities and impact of Medical City Fort Worth’s Transplant Institute as a leading institution for kidney transplantation in North Texas.

Lenora Williams, a resident of Midland, TX, received the 1,000th kidney transplant after experiencing complications from diabetes and being on dialysis for seven months. Two months after joining the organ transplant waiting list, she received the joyous call that a kidney match from a deceased donor had been found.

“I know it was God's will. He wanted me to have it,” Williams says. “I feel great. I would tell anyone experiencing kidney disease to come to Medical City Fort Worth, these are the nicest people I've ever seen. They help you, they give you hope.”

Recently released data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) rated Medical City Fort Worth’s Transplant Institute as number one in Texas for kidney transplants and at the top of national ratings for one-year kidney survival. Medical City Fort Worth is also highly rated in the SRTR’s “Getting a deceased donor transplant faster” category. For kidney transplant candidates, this measure has the largest impact on survival after listing.

"The completion of our 1,000th kidney transplant is a remarkable achievement that underscores the dedication and expertise of our Transplant Institute team," says John Hoover, CEO of Medical City Fort Worth. "We are incredibly proud of our status as the top kidney transplant program in Texas and our high national ratings, which is why so many patients in the region turn to us as the destination of choice for lifesaving kidney transplantation."

These accomplishments by Medical City Fort Worth's Transplant Institute reflect the commitment to providing comprehensive care for kidney transplant candidates, including post-transplant support, which has significantly influenced the program’s exceptional patient outcomes.

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Medical City Fort Worth's Transplant Institute team celebrates being rated number one in Texas for kidney transplant

Fort Worth, TX – Medical City Fort Worth’s Transplant Institute is rated number one in Texas for kidney transplants, according to recently released data by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Additionally, the program is at the top of national ratings for one-year kidney survival. The institute's exceptional achievements demonstrate the unwavering commitment to outstanding patient outcomes and groundbreaking medical advancements.

In addition to its prestigious national ranking for kidney survival, Medical City Fort Worth's Transplant Institute, led by Surgical Director Ashraf Reyad, MD, and Medical Director Sridhar Allam, MD, secured the top spot in Texas for one-year survival and for getting a deceased donor transplant faster. These notable achievements underscore the institute's commitment to delivering comprehensive care, including post-transplant care, significantly influencing the survival rates of kidney transplant candidates.

“These extraordinary rankings are a testament to the skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals at Medical City Fort Worth's Transplant Institute, who tirelessly strive to provide exceptional patient care, improve survival rates and enhance the quality of life for kidney transplant recipients,” says John Hoover, chief operating officer and interim CEO. “Leveraging advanced techniques and a multidisciplinary approach, the institute continues redefining organ transplantation standards.”

According to the most recent SRTR data, Medical City Fort Worth and Medical City Dallas Kidney Transplant Institutes combined to perform 297 kidney transplants, 55 of which were transplants from living donors. The two programs share resources including data and best practices, resulting in exceptional outcomes and survival rates.

ABOUT MEDICAL CITY FORT WORTH

Medical City Fort Worth is a 378-bed, acute care hospital located in Fort Worth, Texas. With a medical team of more than 700 physicians, Medical City Fort Worth offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in a wide range of specialties, including cardiovascular care, neurosciences, oncology, surgical services, orthopedics, kidney transplants and emergency care. Part of the Texas Stroke Institute stroke care network, Medical City Fort Worth is a designated comprehensive stroke center and a Joint Commission-certified chest pain center. Named one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades, Medical City Fort Worth is A-rated for safety by the Leapfrog Group and Magnet® recognized for nursing excellence.

 

Medical City Fort Worth is part of Medical City Healthcare

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FORT WORTH – Medical City Fort Worth celebrated the opening of its $12 million orthopedics and neuroscience medical surgical unit (ONMS) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 6. 

The 24,862-square-foot ONMS unit adds 30 additional patient care beds, increasing the hospital's total bed count to 378. The unit is for dedicated care for orthopedic and neuroscience patients. Additional project features include:

  • Healing environment with abundant natural light, comfortable amenities and furnishings
  • Spacious patient rooms
  • Ample waiting area for family, and visitors
  • In unit gym for group-based physical and occupational therapy

“Medical City Fort Worth is proud to invest back into the community with the addition of 30 acute care beds,” says John Hoover, chief operating officer and interim CEO of Medical City Fort Worth. “This expansion will help further support the growing population in and around Tarrant County, while allowing for a unique and beautiful setting to further deliver high-quality care to our patients.”

In 2023, Healthgrades recognized Medical City Fort Worth for its superior specialty care in its Specialty Care Ratings & Awards, across various categories including orthopedics and neurosciences. Healthgrades recently named Medical City Fort Worth one of America's 250 Best Hospitals for 2023. Additionally, it is the sole hospital in the Fort Worth medical district to receive an A safety rating from the Leapfrog Group.

This expansion project is part of Medical City Healthcare's major capital investment initiative of over $1.5 billion spent over five years across the Medical City Healthcare system. Investments encompass expansion and enhancements to existing hospitals and services, such as trauma, oncology, and behavioral healthcare, as well as upgrades in technology and the acquisition and construction of new facilities.

ABOUT MEDICAL CITY FORT WORTH

Medical City Fort Worth is a 378-bed, acute care hospital located in Fort Worth, Texas. With a medical team of more than 700 physicians, Medical City Fort Worth offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in a wide range of specialties, including cardiovascular care, neurosciences, oncology, surgical services, orthopedics, kidney transplants and emergency care. Part of the Texas Stroke Institute stroke care network, Medical City Fort Worth is a designated comprehensive stroke center and a Joint Commission-certified chest pain center. Named one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades, Medical City Fort Worth is A-rated for safety by the Leapfrog Group and Magnet® recognized for nursing excellence.

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Medical City Fort Worth has enrolled and performed surgery on its first patient in a national clinical study evaluating a device to treat symptomatic heart failure.

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. The condition affects about 6.2 million adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of a therapy that potentially improves heart contraction through a small implant powered by a technology called cardiac contractility modulation. The therapy's ultimate goal is to enhance the quality of life for patients who no longer respond adequately to medication meant to manage their symptoms.

"Medical City Fort Worth is proud to bring leading-edge therapies and research studies to patients in North Texas," said Ben Coogan, CEO of Medical City Fort Worth. “We are committed to delivering high-quality care which includes access to the latest medical advancements to enhance the health and well-being of our patients."

The trial, which will enroll approximately 1,500 subject volunteers nationwide, is a multicenter, randomized, quadruple-blinded, sham-controlled study for symptomatic heart failure patients who have a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction. Ejection fraction refers to the heart's ability to pump oxygen-rich blood out of the body.

"This trial is among the most extensive therapeutic cardiac device studies of its kind," says Senthil Thambidorai, MD, an electrophysiologist and primary investigator for the trial at Medical City Fort Worth. "A sizable population of heart failure patients could potentially benefit from these types of therapies and this research is a crucial advancement in addressing this significant unmet medical need."

Patients interested in learning if they are eligible to participate in the study can call Medical City Fort Worth Clinical Research Services at 817-347-6058.

ABOUT MEDICAL CITY FORT WORTH

Medical City Fort Worth is a 348-bed, acute care hospital located in Fort Worth, Texas. With a medical team of more than 700 physicians, Medical City Fort Worth offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in a wide range of specialties, including cardiovascular care, neurosciences, oncology, surgical services, orthopedics, kidney transplants and emergency care. Part of the Texas Stroke Institute stroke care network, Medical City Fort Worth is a designated comprehensive stroke center, a Joint Commission-certified chest pain center and an American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accredited hospital. Named one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades, Medical City Fort Worth is A-rated for safety by the Leapfrog Group and Magnet® recognized for nursing excellence.

Medical City Fort Worth is part of Medical City Healthcare

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Ceremony honors transplant donors, encourages organ donation

FORT WORTH – With tears in his eyes, Arthur J. Easton read an emotional letter of gratitude for the life-saving kidney transplant he received on March 4, after eight long years of dialysis. It was part of a Donate Life flag-raising ceremony and moment of silence at Medical City Fort Worth to mark National Donate Life Month.

“To the young lady who lost her life to give me life and to the amazing team at Medical City Fort Worth, thank you for a new life and for a new chapter,” says Easton. 

April is recognized as National Donate Life Month. To mark the observance, Medical City Fort Worth hosted a Donate Life Flag-raising ceremony and a moment of silence to honor organ donors and their families. The event aimed to promote awareness of organ, tissue and eye donation and the need for registered donors.

Nationwide, more than 100,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, including about 11,600 in Texas.

The Medical City Fort Worth kidney transplant program is rated at the top in Texas when it comes to getting a transplant faster, according to data provided by the Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients.

"Organ donation is critical to addressing the urgent need for life-saving organs,” says Sridhar R. Allam, M.D., medical director of transplant services at Medical City Fort Worth’s Transplant Institute. “Every donor has the power to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others and their selfless act of donation can provide hope and healing to those in need. At Medical City Fort Worth, we are committed to supporting our patients throughout the donation process and providing them with the best possible outcomes."

ABOUT MEDICAL CITY FORT WORTH

Medical City Fort Worth is a 348-bed, acute care hospital located in Fort Worth, Texas. With a medical team of more than 700 physicians, Medical City Fort Worth offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in a wide range of specialties, including cardiovascular care, neurosciences, oncology, surgical services, orthopedics, kidney transplants and emergency care. Part of the Texas Stroke Institute stroke care network, Medical City Fort Worth is a designated comprehensive stroke center and a Joint Commission-certified chest pain center. Named one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades, Medical City Fort Worth is A-rated for safety by the Leapfrog Group and Magnet® recognized for nursing excellence.

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Fort Worth, TX – Medical City Fort Worth has received elite national recognition as an approved National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence. Medical City Fort Worth is the only designated NPF Center of Excellence in Tarrant County.

The designation is awarded after a rigorous audit review to verify a facility provides multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, treating the "whole patient" with a focus on the best possible outcomes and improved quality of life. There are only 170 Centers of Excellence throughout the nation.

“We are proud to be designated as an NPF Center of Excellence,” says Medical City Fort Worth CEO Ben Coogan. “This designation, along with the combined strength of the facility in surgical oncology, colorectal surgery and the foundational elements for a strong cancer program offered by the Commission on Cancer accreditation, will allow for enhanced growth of the oncological program and further position Medical City Fort Worth as the destination of choice to treat certain cancers in Tarrant County."

An approved NPF Center of Excellence must meet criteria developed by a task force of subject matter experts and patient advocates. The criteria include having expert physician specialties on staff such as gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons, interventional radiologists, and other patient-focused programs including pain management, psychosocial support, and more.

“This designation highlights and recognizes the exemplary work and dedication of the team in the development of high-quality, multidisciplinary care approach to benign and malignant pancreatic diseases,” says Suhail Sharif, MD, director of surgical oncology at Medical City Fort Worth. “Through this recognition, we hope to heighten the awareness and understanding of pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and related conditions among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the public.”

Learn more about cancer services at Medical City Fort Worth.