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PHD Clinicians, THR Executive Named Health Care Heroes

PHD Clinicians, THR Executive Named Health Care Heroes

Three clinicians at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and a Texas Health Resources executive were named Health Care Heroes in an Aug. 1 special edition of the Dallas Business Journal.

Edward Marx, vice president and chief information officer for THR, was recognized in the Newcomer category for spearheading the system's implementation of the electronic health record and other innovative programs, including "CareTube," a takeoff of YouTube that offers instructional videos to answer questions about the EHR.

Dr. Liesl Smith, an OB/GYN at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, was recognized in the Academic Research category for her leadership of the perinatal initiative at PHD. The research project is aimed at eliminating preventable birth injuries. What PHD researchers learn will be shared with hospitals around the country.

Dr. Pat Fulgham, director of surgical oncology at PHD, was recognized in the Community Outreach category for his efforts to raise awareness about prostate cancer and his clinical leadership in the field. He recently received the American Urological Association's 2008 Distinguished Service Award.

Joyce Bass, nurse manager of the oncology unit at PHD, was recognized for in the Manager category for the innovative and inspiring leadership of her unit.

Last year, Bass was one of six national winners for nursing excellence and has led numerous programs to support her staff, including the creation of safe places for clinicians to talk about the grief that comes with caring for cancer patients.

PHD's Levine in DMN, LA Times, Seattle Times

The Aug. 1 Dallas Morning News included a front-page story about a new drug that, according to researchers, changed the physical composition of muscle in mice, essentially transforming the tissue from sugar-burning fast-twitch fibers to fat-burning slow-twitch ones – the same change that occurs in distance runners and cyclists through training.

The story included comments from Dr. Benjamin D. Levine, director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. The story also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Star-Telegram, Baltimore Sun, Seattle Times, Newsday and other publications around the country.


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