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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital HEB Appoints New Medical Director for Emergency Medicine

BEDFORD, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford has named Melissa Johnson, M.D., as medical director of emergency services.

In her new role, Johnson will work to continue to drive clinical integration, advance quality and patient safety and improve overall patient satisfaction. Johnson also plans to increase the level of culturally competent care of emergency physicians through ongoing education opportunities.

“Dr. Johnson is an invaluable asset to the hospital,” said Deborah Paganelli, FACHE, president of Texas Health HEB. “I know she will assume her new role with dedication and commitment and continue to build upon the wide scope of emergency services offered by our hospital.”

Johnson joined the medical staff at Texas Health HEB in 2006. She previously served as an emergency medicine physician at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University and a medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

She is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, and the Tarrant County Medical Society.

The emergency department at Texas Health HEB cares for more than 60,000 patients each year. Under the direction of Johnson, the hospital hopes to achieve Level III trauma designation in late 2012.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, cardiac rehabilitation and psychiatric and addiction treatment. Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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

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