Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne Adds Communication Tool From Auxiliary Donation
05/09/2011

CLEBURNE, Texas — Texas Heath Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne employees can now communicate through wearable badges, thanks to the generous support of the Auxiliary.

Vocera badge at Texas Health Cleburne
Dawn Keesee, R.N., holds a Vocera badge, part of a communication system that the Auxiliary helped fund throughout the hospital. Volunteers (from left) are: Delores Stringer, Christine Layne, La Vern Collins and Ann Raddle.
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The wearable Vocera badge allows mobile workers to instantly give and receive critical information to perform their jobs. The badges clip onto their shirts and enable individuals to contact each other and respond directly to each other through the badges, similar to using a walkie talkie.

“Texas Health Cleburne piloted the communication system in Respiratory, ICU, and the Medical and Surgical units on the second and third floors,” said Dawn Keesee, R.N., project leader. “Employees and administrators quickly realized all of the benefits of Vocera and extended the system to other departments thanks to the Auxiliary’s generous donation.”

Employees and administrators can now communicate with team members throughout the hospital more efficiently and faster with the mobile communication system, with the goal of increasing patient safety. In addition, the elimination of overhead pages for staff members creates a more soothing and healing environment for patients.

“We truly appreciate the support of the Auxiliary to fund projects such as this one,” said Blake Kretz, FACHE, hospital president. “They are quick to step in and help bring projects like this one to fruition for the benefit of our patients and their families.”

In addition to funding hospital and community needs, volunteers provide a friendly smile and a helping hand throughout the hospital.

“They greet our visitors at the information desk, update family members in waiting rooms, deliver flowers to patients, support the hospital staff and manage the gift shop,” said Pat Stiver, administrative director. “We are blessed to have such an outstanding group of volunteers.” For more information on the hospital or the Auxiliary, visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne or "Like" the hospital at Facebook.com/TexasHealthCleburne.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

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.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.