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Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital Earns Award From State Quality Organization
05/29/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has earned a Silver Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award in recognition of its gains in key clinical areas designated as national health care priorities. This award, presented by TMF Health Quality Institute (TMF), recognizes hospitals that undertake efforts to advance the quality of care in their facilities.

“Through innovation and compassion, we pride ourselves in offering our patients quality health care, and we look to always improve the health of those in the communities we are honored to serve, day in and day out,” said Kirk King, hospital president. “That philosophy is shared by not only those employees in our quality department, but across the board — including physicians on the medical staff. Having dedicated employees and physicians that realize the patient is of utmost importance is essential. And this award shows that we’re definitely on track.”

Bohn Allen, M.D., a surgeon on the hospital medical staff and the chair of Texas Health Arlington Memorial’s Board of Trustees, agreed.

“As physicians, we learn the Hippocratic Oath — the medical covenant for healing and saving lives. It’s a constant reminder that we are to use our God-given gifts to advance the quality of patient care,” Allen said. “As a member of the medical staff and the board, it affords me the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with those at Texas Health Arlington Memorial who are focused on providing quality health care.”

In addition to Texas Health Arlington Memorial, seven other Texas Health hospitals in Azle, Cleburne, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Fort Worth, Plano, Dallas and Denton were recognized. Also recognized were three Texas Health joint venture hospitals — Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall.

“Improving our care and quality holds vital importance for Texas Health Resources,” said Mark C. Lester, M.D., interim chief quality officer for Texas Health Resources and vice president and chief quality officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. “We’re grateful that TMF has recognized our efforts and encouraged our hospitals forward.”

TMF is an Austin-based nonprofit consultancy that promotes quality health and health care. The awards program is offered in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.

“Quality improvement can be challenging,” said Dr. David E. Garza, president of the TMF board of trustees. “These hospitals have shown that it can be done through leadership, teamwork and focus. Their hard work results in a higher quality of care for patients.”

Hospitals self-nominate for participation in the non-competitive program and agree to focus on making improvements in clinical areas that include acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Improvement in these areas has been designated a priority for U.S. health care by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

More information is available at award.tmf.org.

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 369-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Arlington.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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