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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Texas Health Fort Worth: Premier AEIX Winner

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has been honored by the Premier health care alliance as a winner of the “2010 Premier Patient Safety and Risk Management” award.

Premier, the largest healthcare alliance in the United States, presented six awards nationally recognizing best practices in safety and risk management, and Texas Health Resources and its hospitals won three of them. Texas Health Fort Worth was honored with a $10,000 prize for The Breath of Life: Using Bubble CPAP to Decrease Chronic Lung Disease in Premature Infants.

Bubble CPAP is a type of respiratory support used to deliver airflow and pressure to an infant’s lungs via short prongs in the nose. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure.

Babies born prematurely often have underdeveloped lungs. The Bubble CPAP system has helped improve respiratory outcomes for some of Texas Health Fort Worth’s tiniest patients. The length of hospital stay for these infants has also decreased by six days.

Texas Health Resources and Texas Health Plano also received Premier Patient Safety and Risk Management awards. The awards were presented on June 8 in Washington, D.C. Next week, I will talk about the patient safety program at Texas Health Plano that was honored with this national recognition.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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