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Klabzuba Cancer Center at Texas Health Fort Worth Earns Commission on Cancer Recognition
01/18/2010

FORT WORTH, Texas — Residents in Tarrant County and surrounding areas have access to high-quality cancer detection services, tumor surveillance and cancer treatment, according to the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. For the second time, the CoC has named the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Klabzuba Cancer Center an accredited community hospital comprehensive cancer program, ranking it among the best cancer treatment facilities in the country based on the results of the commission survey.

The three-year recognition underscores the hospital’s commitment to providing high quality care and demonstrates to residents in North Texas that access to one of the country’s finest in cancer care facilities is available right in their own community, hospital administrators said.

“Our physicians on the medical staff, nurses, technicians and administrators are committed to providing each patient the highest standard of clinical excellence in cancer care,” said Oscar L. Amparan, president of Texas Health Fort Worth and executive vice president of Texas Health Resources. “We are proud to be recognized for our commitment.”

During the survey, Texas Health Fort Worth demonstrated excellence in all 36 quality standards set by the commission and exceeded the standards in seven out of seven possible areas of commendation.

“Receiving the highest level of approval with a full commendation is one of the highest achievements a cancer program can attain,” Amparan added. “This approval reaffirms Texas Health Fort Worth’s commitment to providing comprehensive cancer care with leading-edge technology and treatment options.”

According to the CoC, there are approximately 1,500 CoC-accredited centers in the United States and Puerto Rico, which is one out of every five hospitals that treat cancer. Of those hospitals, fewer than half of the hospitals who are surveyed by the CoC meet the commission’s standards with no contingencies for a three year accreditation with or without commendation.

“Patients can expect to receive evidence-based care that is in line with national standards set by the commission,” said Sue Shields, M.B.A., R.N., NE-BC, director of the Texas Health Fort Worth Klabzuba Cancer Center. “What is different about the care patients receive at our hospital is that we personalize it to meet our patients’ individual needs and treat the whole person — mind, body and spirit.”

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 731-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 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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