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Emergency Medicine Physician at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Serves Rodeo Community
01/11/2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — Treating emergency room patients is something that not many other cowboys can do. But for Dr. David Fletcher, it’s a part of his daily routine.

Fletcher is an emergency medicine physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and a world champion cattle roper. He spends a majority of his time caring for patients with illnesses ranging from a minor cold to those with traumatic injuries; including those commonly seen in rodeo competitions where he frequents as more than just a spectator.

He plans to address a group of caregivers on best practices for treating those affected by rodeo trauma during his lecture at the upcoming Update 2012: Current Challenges in Emergency Nursing educational symposium on Jan. 27 at Texas Health Fort Worth.

“As a rider, I want to educate caregivers on who the rodeo athlete is and how to adequately care for the sometimes life-threatening injuries that are commonly associated with this sport,” said Fletcher. My experience has given me a unique perspective on the sport and a better understanding for what is needed to achieve optimal outcomes for those suffering from rodeo-related injuries.”

Fletcher hopes his lecture will better prepare caregivers when faced with rodeo trauma and with the rodeo being only days away, the life he saves just might be his own. For more information on how you can participate in this lecture, visit TexasHealth.org/ERUpdate2012.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 726-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/FortWorth.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices.

Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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