Walmart Expands Healthcare Business

Walmart opened its first freestanding health center in September, and the company has hired a new executive to help the company grow its healthcare business.

The retail giant’s first standalone clinic, called Walmart Health, opened Sept. 13 in Dallas, Ga. The 10,000-square-foot clinic offers a variety of services, ranging from primary care to labs to dental, in one facility.

Walmart plans to open several more freestanding health centers, and has chosen Roshan Parikh, DDS, to help develop and implement a strategic roadmap for their dental services. As Walmart Health’s head of dentistry, Dr. Parikh said he’ll show the company it’s possible to expand quickly without sacrificing the patient experience.

“I believe in mentorship and patient-focused care and cannot wait to bring this perspective into Walmart so that together we can help so many more patients receive the dental care they need and could not afford before now,” Dr. Parikh said in a news release.

Dr. Parikh is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Dentistry, and he also has an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. He purchased his first dental practice in 2008 and grew it into a network of more than 20 dental practices. He also founded a dental consulting firm to help mentor entrepreneurial dentists.

Ayla Ellison

Eight miss practice as Patriots deal with flu bug ESPN

The New England Patriots have been hit hard by illness this week, as nine players have been listed as questionable for Sunday night’s road game against the Houston Texans.

Seven Patriots starters — cornerback Stephon Gilmore; linebackers Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins; offensive tackles Marcus Cannon and Isaiah Wynn; and safety Patrick Chung — are among the players listed on the team’s injury report with an illness.

Offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor and cornerback Joejuan Williams are also listed as questionable for the Texans game with an illness.

Tight end Ryan Izzo did not make the trip to Houston after missing all three of New England’s practice sessions during the week with an illness.

Because a bug has hit the Patriots hard, the team flew two team planes to Houston in order to accommodate the sick players and keep the healthier players away from them, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

With an illness sweeping the locker room this week, the Patriots did something uncommon in traveling to Houston: the team flew in two planes, one to accommodate those who were sick and keep others away from them. Nine players are questionable because of the sickness.

El Reno, SSM Health break ground on new hospital

The future SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex in El Reno is shown in this rendering. Officials broke ground for it Tuesday. [IMAGE PROVIDED]
The future SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex in El Reno DALE DENWALT Oklahoma. com

Construction has begun on a new hospital and emergency department in El Reno.

Officials with the city and SSM Health St. Anthony broke ground Tuesday on the facility, which will be at the northeast corner of State Highway 81 and Interstate 40.

Along with an eight-room emergency wing, the Healthplex will have four observation beds, offices for four physicians and a clinic for primary and urgent care. New construction includes living quarters and ambulance bays for the hospital’s new emergency medical services provider, Pafford Medical Services.

Outpatient services will include a laboratory and diagnostic imaging.

“It really is kind of the right size for us. It helps us bring healthcare to rural Oklahoma,” El Reno Mayor Matt White said. “What we need more than anything is doctors.”

The city expects the Healthplex to open in mid-2021. Construction costs will top $6.5 million and will be paid for with existing cash already held by the city, White said. El Reno will own the main building with the emergency room, and SSM Health will own a separate building at the site that will house the doctors’ offices.

El Reno lost its hospital April 30 when Mercy decided to close its inpatient service. Since Mercy closed, SSM Health has operated the city’s emergency room.

Mercy officials said it would have cost too much to remodel the existing hospital, and that it had lost an estimated $2.9 million on operations there in 2017. At the time, about 12 patients per month used that hospital’s inpatient facilities, while another 50 traveled from El Reno to hospitals in Oklahoma City.

The SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex will not have inpatient service.

Hospitals in rural communities are key economic engines and top employers, Oklahoma Hospital Association President Patti Davis said.

“When a hospital closes, it creates a domino effect of lost health care services as physicians leave the community and clinics and pharmacies close. New models of care that keep emergency and outpatient care in these communities will be more and more vital as a way to sustain rural facilities that have withstood multiple reimbursement cuts over the past decade,” Davis said.

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A hip replacement, at the push of a button?

Mayo Clinic has a long history of engineering and making its own tools and devices, but a new printer will catapult in-house manufacturing to a shiny, new level.

Construction is underway in the downtown Baldwin Building to create space for the Mayo Clinic division of Engineering Additive Manufacturing facility. The core of that facility will be a 3D printer or additive manufacturing device that will use “medical-grade, implant-grade titanium” to produce devices, tools and more. Someday, it could even be used to manufacture patient implants.

“It’s a big deal. To my knowledge, Mayo Clinic is the only hospital not connected to an university engineering department installing a 3D metal printer,” said Laralyn McDaniel of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. “It’s a considerable leap, particularly within hospital setting.”

Jeff Kiger

Bernie Sanders’s and Elizabeth Warren’s health-care: Washington Post

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during the second Democratic debate in Detroit on July 30. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during the second Democratic debate in Detroit on July 30. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

By Editorial Board November 6, 2019 at 4:14 p.m. PST

SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH care can work. Government-run systems operate in other industrialized countries and often achieve comparable or better overall results, for less money, than the health-care patchwork in the United States. So why aren’t Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) proposing something that resembles those systems?

The two presidential candidates promise far more generous benefits than other countries offer. They pretend that the United States wouldn’t have to make any of the trade-offs other nations have had to make. They promise fantastically generous benefits, no premiums, co-payments or other cost-sharing, and a miraculously low price tag. It’s fiction.

Mr. Sanders points to government-run systems abroad to claim that his Medicare-for-all plan is realistic. But his differs from those in substantial ways. Meanwhile, Ms. Warren last week released a detailed explanation purporting to show how her system would function and, crucially, how the federal treasury could finance such a vast entitlement expansion. The result is inescapable: As written, it couldn’t.