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National Performance Improvement Organization Recognizes Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

ARLINGTON, Texas — One of only 29 hospitals in the nation recognized for achieving superior supply expense performance, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has earned the Premier Healthcare Alliance’s fifth annual Supply Chain Excellence Award.

Premier, a hospital-owned performance-improvement alliance, annually recognizes hospitals for their impressive purchasing strategies. And on June 7, Texas Health Arlington Memorial will be among a select group honored at Premier’s 2012 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn. The hospital will receive the Supply Chain Excellence Award for most improved hospitals with more than 158 beds.

“This award recognizes our ability to leverage our system purchasing expertise and power and our close collaboration with physicians on the medical staff to deliver high-quality care at a lower cost,” said Kirk King, hospital president. “It is a team effort that involves a value analysis of a rich financial and clinical database to determine what is best for both our patients and the employers and third-party payors who ultimately pay the lion’s share of the costs.”

In addition, Texas Health hospitals in Azle and Kaufman were recognized with the QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman was an award finalist, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle is the nation’s only hospital to receive this year’s QUEST Award. Texas Health Azle was also recognized for the Supply Chain Excellence Award for community hospitals with fewer than 158 beds.

“To have three Texas Health Resources hospitals honored for achievements in high-value health care and supply chain excellence is extremely gratifying,” said Mark C. Lester, M.D., executive vice president and Southeast zone clinical leader for Texas Health Resources. “The staff, nurses and physicians across our entire health system take tremendous pride in the quality of patient care and our overall commitment to excellence, and we’re proud that a national organization has recognized our efforts in these areas.”

Eligibility requirements included the submission of four quarters of data from 2011. The information was then evaluated using 40 indicators that measured and trended performance in cost and operations.

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

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

About the Premier Healthcare Alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals and 84,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation’s most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing nework. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. For more information, visit

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