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HMFW Inpatient Rehab Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary
10/03/2005

FORT WORTH, Texas – Harry Heflin and his wife, Olie, are survivors. Nearly ten years ago, while driving along Loop 820, Mr. Heflin suffered a stroke. He was in the driver's seat, but his wife valiantly took over and steered their car to safety. Heflin was taken to Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital where he became the hospital's first patient to receive the breakthrough clot-busting drug, tPA – an emergency intervention that saved his life. He spent time in the hospital's inpatient rehabilitation unit and, later, entered the hospital's Brain Injury Transitional Services (BITS) program, a move that has given Harry another nine years of quality life, his wife and daughter say.

On Monday, Oct. 3, Heflin will return to the place where his recovery began to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital's inpatient rehabilitation unit, a place he became very familiar with during his recovery. To commemorate the silver anniversary, the hospital will hold a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on the plaza level of the Richardson Tower. Harry and Olie Heflin will be special guests at the reception.

In addition, Heflin's survival will be memorialized with the December 1, 2005, release of a history book detailing the 75-years of Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital service to the Tarrant County community.

The inpatient rehab program, a service of the hospital's Mabee Rehabilitation Center, began serving patients on Oct. 1, 1980, from a unit on the fourth floor of the Harris Tower – the original hospital building that opened in 1930. In 1985, the unit moved to its current location on the third floor of the Richardson Tower. Today, the rehab center treats more than 450 patients a year.

“Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the inpatient rehab program is an exciting time for all of us,” said Karen Mallett, director of therapy services at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital. “There have been many changes over the years but the one thing that remains constant is the dedication of the staff to helping patients get better.”

The rehab program serves people of all ages and backgrounds who are dealing with challenges as a result of injury, illness or disease. This can include stroke, trauma, neurological diseases, amputation, musculoskeletal disorders and more. The Mabee Rehabilitation Center has a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) – an achievement that demonstrates that the center substantially meets internationally recognized quality standards for rehabilitation facilities.

About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, a Magnet designated hospital celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, is Tarrant County's largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMFW is licensed for 610 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.texashealth.org/hmfw.

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