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Texas Health Physicians Group Doctors Recognized for Quality
01/28/2010

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Physicians Group today announced that five of its physicians were recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Heart Association (AHA/ASA) for using evidence-based measures and providing excellent care to persons with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke.

Physicians who received the award are: Mitchell L. Huebner, M.D., David P. Hominick, M.D., Mark William Sij, D.O., David S. Harper, M.D. and John F. Harper, M.D., FACC.

“We are proud of our physicians for receiving this award,” said Michael Stoltz, M.D., president of Texas Health Physicians Group. “Earning awards like this one demonstrate a commitment to quality for our patients and serve as models for evidence-based care.”

The Heart/Stroke Recognition Program (HSRP) was launched in 2003 to assess key quality performance measures that are based on AHA/ASA and American College of Cardiology guidelines for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Program measures include:

  • Blood pressure control
  • Complete lipid profile
  • Cholesterol control
  • Use of aspirin or another antithrombotic
  • Smoking status and cessation advice or treatment

According to the NCQA Web site, HSRP Recognition provides assurance that physicians are providing high quality, evidenced-based care for their cardiovascular disease and stroke patients.

Following is information about the five recognized physicians:

Mitchell Huebner, M.D., attended college at Abilene Christian University, graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and completed his internship and residency at St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas. He is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and he has been in private practice since 1992. Huebner has particular interest and expertise in high blood pressure, cholesterol disorders, fitness counseling, heart disease, asthma and thyroid problems.

David P. Hominick, M.D., attended college at Southern Methodist University and earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed an Internal Medicine internship and residency at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Hominick has been in private practice in Dallas since 1981, and his areas of expertise include adult preventative care and management of cholesterol disorders, asthma, diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease and hypertension.

Mark William Sij, D.O., graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. Sij then attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas. Sij joined Medicine Associates of Kaufman in 2001 where he specializes in Internal Medicine. In addition, Sij serves as the chief quality officer and chief of medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman. He also serves as the medical director for Your Health Team, Home Health Care and Bridgeway Hospice. Sij is a member of the American College of Physicians, Texas Medical Association and Kaufman County Medical Society.

David S. Harper, M.D., received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed an Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his Cardiology fellowship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, N.C. He has been in practice in Dallas since 2006. His areas of expertise include preventive cardiology, echocardiography, valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, nuclear cardiology and heart rhythm management.

John F. Harper, M.D., FACC, board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, practices general cardiology at the Harper Clinic. Harper served as chief of cardiology for Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas from 1992 to 2000 and is currently director of inpatient cardiovascular Services at Texas Health Dallas. Harper is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. He is also a Fellow of the American Heart Association. He has been named to Best Doctors in America, Top Doctors and Best Doctors in Dallas. He is involved in medical teaching and has a particular interest in literature and medicine. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Robert L. North Teacher of the Year award at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

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 Physicians Group is a nonprofit corporation authorized by the Texas Medical Board to employ physicians. Texas Health Resources is the sole corporate member of Texas Health Physicians Group.

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.

Doctors on hospital medical staffs practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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