New Signs Announce Name Change for Presbyterian Hospital of Allen|
ALLEN, Texas — New exterior signs were installed this week at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen (PHA), reflecting the hospital’s upcoming name change to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen. The move is part of a new branding strategy for PHA’s parent company, Texas Health Resources, uniting its longstanding community hospitals — Presbyterian, Harris Methodist and Arlington Memorial — under one common name.
Exterior signs that feature the new brand were placed on the hospital.
Starting Jan. 1, Texas Health’s hospitals will become Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial.
To commemorate this new branding strategy, Texas Health has initiated a community benefit program designed to save young lives. The program — designated “Gift from the Heart” — includes donations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to 51 schools located throughout North Texas. Texas Health, one of the largest faith-based, non-profit health care systems in the United States, is giving the AEDs to secondary schools located near its hospitals, which span eight counties.
As part of the initiative, Presbyterian Hospital of Allen will donate an AED to Anna High School on Nov. 25.
“In keeping with our non-profit mission to improve the health of the individuals in the communities we serve, we could think of no better way to share the coming of a new brand than to give back to area schools,” said PHA President Sheila McKinney, who will present the AED to Anna High School Principal Thomas O’Neal at a basketball game. “Our hope is that this gift will increase the chance of survival for students, faculty and guests who may suffer sudden cardiac arrest while at school or attending campus activities.”
More than 250,000 Americans die each year from sudden cardiac arrest, about 7,000 of them children and teens. An AED, about the size of a lunchbox, is a device that shocks the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. It is the single most effective treatment for restarting the heart after sudden cardiac arrest.
“ ‘Gift from the Heart’ is one of many community benefit initiatives undertaken by Texas Health, which spends more than $450 million annually — the equivalent of more than $1 million a day — in charity care and community benefit,” said McKinney. “We at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen are proud to be a part of that effort.”
AEDs are designed to allow people with no medical training to respond to cardiac emergencies by giving a life-saving shock to restore the heart to its normal rhythm. The machines give detailed instructions and analyze the heart rate to determine whether a shock is needed.
For every minute that passes between cardiac arrest and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases up to 10 percent, according to the American Heart Association. Schools are required by law to have an AED available at all University Interscholastic League athletic practices and competitions. The presence of additional, strategically placed AEDs can reduce the time it takes to retrieve the life-saving devices.
Texas Health’s goal is to deliver AEDs to all of the designated campuses during the fall semester and to train staff members to operate the devices. This staff education is designed to help people at each school feel confident about responding to an emergency.
“Studies show that when AEDs are placed in public areas and are used quickly, survival can be 50 to 75 percent or even greater,” McKinney said.
About Presbyterian Hospital of Allen (PHA)
Established in 2000, Presbyterian Hospital of Allen, soon to be Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, is a 62-bed acute-care hospital serving the North Collin County area. Key services offered include comprehensive women’s services, obstetrics (including Level II neonatal services), orthopedics, pediatrics, gastroenterology, urology, cardiology, wound care and sleep medicine. PHA has more than 425 physicians on its medical staff, practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, visit www.texashealth.org/pha.
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’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.