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Emergency Center of Excellence Designation Given to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
07/18/2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is the first hospital in Texas named an Emergency Center of Excellence by a national organization specializing in emergency department benchmarking.

Emergency Excellence, an emergency medicine consulting firm, uses data from more than 100 key measures in the areas of safety, satisfaction, space, staff, support, systems and solvency to verify an Emergency Center of Excellence. The organization conducts an onsite assessment and surveys medical staff, nurses, hospital staff and administrators. Texas Health Fort Worth scored higher than any other emergency department Emergency Excellence has benchmarked, said Dr. Mark Reiter, the organization’s chief executive officer. Forty hospitals nationwide applied for the designation but only seven received it.

“Our success can be credited to our talented, compassionate staff members who work hard to provide quality care in one of the busiest emergency departments in Dallas/Fort Worth,” said Judy Horton, director of the emergency department at Texas Health Fort Worth.

Last year, the hospital’s emergency department cared for 97,309 patients and is on track to care for 100,000 patients in 2012. Having accreditation as a Level II Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center, Cycle III Chest Pain Center, Heart Failure Center, and holding a Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission in the treatment of hip fractures makes the hospital an exceptional destination for emergency care.

“As a major trauma center and tertiary hospital, Texas Health Fort Worth plays a vital role in the health and safety of our community,” said Debbie Krauser, director of integration and education for the Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaboration. “This designation represents the commitment that staff, physicians and leadership have made to providing exemplary emergency care to residents of fast-growing Tarrant County.”

In May, the hospital began construction on a new $57.7 million emergency care center that will better meet the growing needs of patients in Fort Worth and the surrounding communities.

“I truly believe that the key component leading to this success is the people that work here,” said Dr. Terence McCarthy, emergency medicine physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Fort Worth and medical director of the Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaborative. “From the patient care technicians to the secretaries, nurses, physicians and on-call specialists, everyone contributes to the team that makes the Texas Health Fort Worth emergency department a very special place.”

For more information on emergency services at Texas Health Fort Worth, visit TexasHealth.org/FortWorth.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 726-bed, Magnet-designated 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 systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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