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Regional Excellence Award Given to Nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas — Karen Bell, R.N., COHN-S, a nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, has received a 2012 Nursing Excellence Award from

The award is part of an annual competition to honor superior nurses in nine regions around the United States. Bell competed in the Texas Regions and was one of five finalists in the Home, Community and Ambulatory Care category. The nominees were both nominated and judged by nurses.

Bell manages the occupational health department at Texas Health Southwest. Her wide-ranging duties include performing health screenings, ensuring that the clinical staff stays current on necessary vaccinations, serving as a safety consultant and providing direct care to employees who are ill or injured. She has been with Texas Health Resources since 1990.

“My focus is on caring for the people who are caring for our patients,” Bell said. “When our clinical staff is well, they are able to give our patients the best possible care. Then people know they can trust us to give them great medical care, and that's what it's all about. It's an honor to receive this award.”

Bell will now be considered for the "Nurse of the Year" award, competing against nominees from the eight other regions in the United States. Winners will be announced in November.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth is a 222-bed acute care, full-service facility that has provided quality and compassionate care to the residents of southwest Tarrant County for more than two decades. The hospital’s services include surgical and imaging services, a 24-hour emergency department, orthopedics and sports therapy, adult critical care, and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Southwest Forth Worth has 992 employees, 120 volunteers, and 578 members on the medical staff. 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 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

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