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HMSW Receives Quality Award
08/31/2007

FORT WORTH, Texas — Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital (HMSW) has been recognized by the Premier health care alliance with the 2007 Premier Award for Quality for Excellence in the care of patients in the area of heart failure.

The award was presented to HMSW on June 19 at the 2007 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

“I am proud of the hospital’s achievement in quality,” said Brett McClung, president of HMSW. “Our employees strive to offer the highest quality of care on a daily basis.”

Awarded in six clinical areas, the Premier Award for Quality is based on quality and cost data regularly submitted to Premier for reporting and benchmarking purposes. The award is distinguished by its consideration of performance-based criteria, including clinical quality outcomes, clinical process indicators and resource utilization outcomes.

“Hospitals that win the Premier Award for Quality deliver the highest quality of care in a cost-effective way,” said Stephanie Alexander, senior vice president and general manager of Premier Healthcare Informatics. “Congratulations to all of them for delivering excellent patient care by using best practices and evidence-based decision-making.”

Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital was also awarded a Quality in Excellence Award.

Clinical areas considered for the 2007 Premier Award for Quality are hip and/or knee replacement procedures, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), heart failure (HF), pneumonia (PN), acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and maternal and neonatal care (pregnancy).

Three winners were picked in each category for each hospital type from an eligible pool of nearly 400 Premier hospitals. Hospitals that submitted data to Premier's Perspective™ database, the most comprehensive clinical, financial and operational comparative database in the nation, between October 2005 and September 2006 were eligible to receive the 2007 Premier Award for Quality.

About Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital
Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital is affiliated with Texas Health Resources and has served the residents of southwest Tarrant County since 1987. A full-service hospital built with its patients in mind, Harris Methodist Southwest offers comprehensive health care services. The personal approach to health care includes 24-hour emergency services, women's services, inpatient and outpatient services, rehabilitation services, diagnostic services and a variety of education classes.

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. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR's family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit http://www.texashealth.org/.

About Premier, 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Serving 1,700 hospitals and more than 46,500 other healthcare sites, Premier is the largest healthcare alliance in the United States dedicated to improving patient outcomes while safely reducing the cost of care. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates the nation's largest healthcare purchasing network, the most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information and one of the largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups in healthcare. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C. and Washington. For more information, visit http://www.premierinc.com/.

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