Dallas reporters use AHRQ data to measure patient safety

The Dallas Morning News continues its 19-month investigation into patient safety at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital. The project, “First, Do No Harm: An investigation of patient safety in Dallas hospitals,” is behind the website’s paywall but The Dallas Morning News has granted AHCJ members access. To find out how to access […]

Dallas hospital CEO claims reporters have a vendetta

The chief executive officer of Dallas’ Parkland Hospital claims a “vendetta” held by the Dallas Morning News‘ investigative team is to blame for “chipping away” at the public’s trust in the hospital. The newspaper used public records to extensively document billing fraud, poor supervision of residents, preferential treatment for VIPs and patient harm. The Centers […]

Hospital sues to block release of records

Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, the subject of recent reports that patients were at risk, has sued the Texas attorney general in an attempt to prevent the release of records requested by The Dallas Morning News. Brooks Egerton reports: Parkland filed the latest lawsuit — its fifth against the AG related to the newspaper — […]

Reports detail Dallas hospital on brink of losing federal funds

Late Friday, a damning federal report declaring that patients were at risk at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas was released. Even later that same day, Dallas Morning News reporters Miles Moffeit, Sue Goetinck Ambrose, Reese Dunklin and Sherry Jacobsen published their first report online (available to subscribers only). The reporters write that the inspectors’ findings […]

Dallas Morning News hospital investigation required extensive use of public records

To understand the scope of The Dallas Morning News‘ “First, Do No Harm” series of investigations into publicly funded hospitals, take a look at the landing page. Spend a few minutes reading headlines (“Parkland CEO: ‘I did 17 amputations’ before getting medical degree” is my personal favorite), checking dates and clicking through to stories and […]