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Top Performing Hospital Award Given to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle For Third Consecutive Year
01/09/2012

AZLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle has been named a Top Performing Hospital for a third year in a row. The facility has been participating in a national quality improvement initiative, called QUEST®, which is run by Premier.

The goals of the initiative are to:

  • Save lives
  • Reduce costs
  • Improve delivery of care through the application of evidenced-based methods.

To be named a Top Performing Hospital, facilities must meet each of the three goals.

Texas Health was the only health system in North Texas with facilities named to the 2011 Top Performers list. In addition to Texas Health Azle, Texas Health hospitals in Arlington, Cleburne, Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Southwest Fort Worth were recognized.

“The employees and physicians at Texas Health Azle are dedicated to finding ways to improve the care we provide to each patient,” said Bob Ellzey, FACHE, hospital president. “In health care it is important to continuously evaluate our processes to find ways to better care for our patients. It’s our employees and physicians on the medical staff that make that progress possible.”

For example, Texas Health hospitals implemented two procedures, in particular, that helped improve care. First, nurses use a checklist to help identify patients with a history of certain conditions or who might have developed conditions that need special monitoring. Second, once those conditions have been identified the patient is then monitored closely with a concurrent review process whereby medical professionals in Texas Health’s quality department review each chart while the patient is in the hospital. Based on what they learn, patient care can be adjusted, if needed, to apply the latest evidence-based treatment protocols.

Those two processes have both been made possible because all of Texas Health’s wholly owned hospitals have implemented an electronic health record. Flagging the conditions at the start of the patient’s stay enables caregivers to fully utilize the electronic system for reminders and alerts.

“In addition to working internally to provide the best care we can to each patient, Texas Health also finds it helpful to compare our practices against our peers across the country in initiatives like this one,” said Dr. Mark Lester, interim chief quality officer for Texas Health Resources. “We also communicate throughout our health system best practices to provide high quality care as we seek to improve the health of the communities we serve.”

In 2011, 120 facilities across the country were named to the Top Performing list. A total of 278 hospitals participated in the initiative.

“The achievements made by QUEST members are remarkable as they continue to reveal what is possible in healthcare, said Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO. “Texas Health Azle is a true standard setter for top quality care in America, as they support the health of people in their community.”

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle has served Azle, Springtown, Lake Worth and greater northwest Tarrant and Parker Counties since 1954. The hospital’s services include cardiology, orthopedics, imaging and rehabilitation. Texas Health Azle is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Azle.

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 24 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, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, 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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