Newsmakers, July/August 2020
  • Newsmakers

    July/August 2020

Texas Hospitals in the News


Dell Children’s Medical Center

Dell Children’s Medical Center is building a new children’s hospital and medical office building in Williamson County along with continued expansion of the North Austin Mueller location. The new hospital is expected to open by November 2022.


Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital is planning a new hospital in North Austin. The new hospital will have 48 beds and will provide neonatal and pediatric intensive care with operating rooms, an epilepsy monitoring unit, sleep center and emergency center, along with labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care.


Medical City North Hills

Medical City North Hills has received a three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for its patient care and isolated coronary artery bypass grafting procedures. Only 6% to 10% of hospitals earn a three-star rating, making Medical City North Hills one of the best in the nation for coronary artery bypass.


UT Southwestern and Children’s Health’s

UT Southwestern and Children’s Health’s joint program has been approved as a Certified Duchenne Care Center by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a nonprofit organization focused on finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.


Doctors Hospital Renaissance

Doctors Hospital Renaissance was recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center+ for spinal surgeries and total join procedures. DHR is one of 11 hospitals in Texas to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for spinal surgeries.

El Paso

The Hospitals of Providence

The Hospitals of Providence is now offering free, virtual Zoom webinars for new and expecting mothers. The webinars will cover topics such as breastfeeding, preparing for childbirth and prenatal education.


Houston Methodist Hospital

Houston Methodist Hospital deployed machine-learning algorithms and video cameras to create a clinical command center that allows clinicians to provide remote care for COVID-19 patients in intensive care units.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.


Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital was ranked No. 1 on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of best hospitals for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. This is the fourth consecutive year that Texas Children’s has achieved this ranking.


Texas Medical Center

Texas Medical Center partnered with StartUp Health to develop Lena, a friendly AI chatbot that is helping to fight isolation in geriatric patients. The chatbot regularly checks in with elderly patients and can instantly call in a professional care team. Lena has already connected with around 1,200 senior citizens through a partnership with Greater Houston YMCA.

Executive Moves


Andy Moore

Andy Moore, M.D., has been named chief medical officer at St. David’s Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Moore served as associate CMO at St. David’s. In 2014, Dr. Moore served as supporting physician to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during the western Africa Ebola outbreak.


DeVry Anderson

DeVry Anderson, M.D., has been named chief medical officer at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Anderson served as vice president of medical services at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood.


Nadia Fida

Nadia Fida, M.D., has been named medical director of the heart failure program at Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital. Dr. Fida has been practicing cardiology in Baytown since 2017.

Corpus Christi

Eric Evans

Eric Evans has been named CEO of Corpus Christi Medical Center, effective June 15th. Previously, Evans served as CEO at HCA Houston Healthcare’s Tomball campus.


Erin Blair

Erin Blair has been named president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, McKinney. Previously, Blair served as director of professional services and vice president of operations at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, McKinney.


Wamda Ahmed

Wamda Ahmed, M.D., has been named medical director of comprehensive stroke at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Ahmed is a board-certified neurologist with a specialization in neurocritical care.