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Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital Surpasses Mammography Inspection Criteria

CLEBURNE, Texas – Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital’s mammography service recently was reaccredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“HMWR received high scores from the Texas Department of State Health Services during its annual inspection,” said hospital president Blake Kretz. “We continually improve our policies and procedures to best serve our patients. The mammography department diligently works to provide physicians and patients the most complete and timely reports possible.”

The Texas Department of State Health Services completes annual inspections of mammography facilities as required by the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992. The standards law was designed to ensure that radiology facilities meet stringent quality criteria.

The review lasted an entire business day and involved checking all of Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital’s policies and procedures, said Lee Lennington III, director of radiology at HMWR. Inspectors also tested the mammography machines to verify the machines were running properly.

Lennington said that the hospital continues to invest in new technology and implement procedures to improve communications with patients, such as sending some results by registered letter. And that paid off with an excellent review report, Lennington said.

Hospital officials plan to install a digital mammography machine in the first quarter of 2009. The technology will enable the hospital to better read the images and bring in consultations when necessary.

About Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital
Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital is affiliated with Texas Health Resources and is a full-service, 137-bed acute care hospital with more than 70 physicians on the medical staff. Honors bestowed on Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital include:

  • Received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award from TMF in 2005 and 2006
  • Received the highest level of accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for 2004-2007
  • 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award
  • 2007 Premier Award for Quality for Heart Failure

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. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit

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