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Lifestyle and Services Program at Texas Health Azle a Finalist for National Award
03/09/2010

AZLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle’s Better LIFE program, in conjunction with the Good NEWS senior program, were recently named a finalist for the 18th annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award. The Good NEWS for a Better LIFE program was one of six nationwide to be recognized by Premier Health Care Alliance for improving the health of individuals in the community.

Good NEWS for a Better LIFE is a program that promotes a healthy lifestyle and provides social services to senior citizens in the Azle community. Since the collaboration began in 2006, the program has focused on both healthy senior citizens as well as those who are sick or home-bound.

“Our program benefits all seniors in our community by providing health education, exercise and medical screenings for those who are healthy enough to participate as well as social support services, minor home repairs and transportation for those seniors who are ill,” said Marsha Ingle, community education specialist at Texas Health Azle. “Our goal is to keep our healthy seniors well and give our seniors who are ill or home-bound the assistance that they deserve.”

The program has proven to be successful. Since 2007, only three seniors have been discharged from the program to a nursing home. The hospital has also worked to reduce the number of falls and injuries in senior citizens who are healthy and active.

“Good NEWS for a Better LIFE is one great example of how Texas Health Azle and our community partners are actively improving the health of the people in this area,” said Winjie Tang Miao, president of the hospital. “We are thrilled to have received this prestigious recognition and believe this program is a model that other communities around the country can use to improve the health of their seniors.”

Good NEWS for a Better LIFE was recognized in late January at the annual Premier Governance Education Conference in Phoenix.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle has served Azle, Springtown, Lake Worth and greater northwest Tarrant and Parker Counties since 1954. The hospital’s services include cardiology, orthopedics, imaging and rehabilitation. Texas Health Azle is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Azle.

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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