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Texas Health Fort Worth Receives Second Magnet Designation
09/01/2009

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth was recently re-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet hospital, an honor that recognizes hospitals for excellence in nursing services. Texas Health Fort Worth was the first in Tarrant County to earn Magnet status in 2005 and is the first to achieve Magnet re-designation.

Only 6 percent of hospitals nationwide have achieved the coveted Magnet status, perhaps the most prestigious recognition honoring nursing excellence.

“Magnet re-designation is an even greater achievement for hospitals,” said Karen Robeano, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “Texas Health Fort Worth had to prove how our nursing practice and programs have improved and matured since the original designation four years ago.”

Just as the name implies, a Magnet-recognized hospital is known for its magnetic nursing environment, which studies show attract and retain well-qualified nurses by creating an environment where nurses and staff work collaboratively and within a culture that supports new ideas and excellent work practices.

Having a Magnet recognized hospital nearby means that when a hospital visit is needed, the patient can expect to see a dedication to better patient outcomes, a shorter length of stay and higher rates of patient satisfaction, in addition to having nurses who spend more time at the bedside, according to the ANCC.

Magnet organizations have transformed the hospital environment, fostered innovative, patient-focused ideas and raised the bar on patient care, according to ANCC’s Web site.

“Texas Health Fort Worth has a long, rich history of providing quality patient care in Tarrant County,” said Oscar L. Amparan, hospital president. “This honor is evidence that we continue to raise the bar and are a leader in delivering quality, safe patient care.”

While Magnet designation demonstrates the importance that an organization places on nurses and nursing care in achieving positive patient outcomes, it also acknowledges the fact that the physicians on the medical staff and the entire hospital team are working effectively together to create a culture that supports patient safety, quality and satisfaction, Amparan added.

Recognizing quality patient care and nursing excellence, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. As a natural outcome of this, the program elevates the reputation and standards of the nursing profession.

“Magnet re-designation gives us the ability to measure our performance against national standards in a variety of areas, and to highlight what we are doing that is innovative and exciting in terms of patient care and nursing outcomes,” Robeano said.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 724-bed, Magnet-recognized regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/FortWorth.

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. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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