Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth Recognized for Patient Safety in National Performance Project

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth is among four health care facilities nationwide recognized for best practices which have enhanced quality of care.

Hospital officials, from left, Mary Robinson, CNO; Kathy Rhodes, Manager of Infection Prevention; Cathy Johnson, Director of Women's Services; Kathy Struve, Laboratory Supervisor; Brett McClung, President; Kirstena Clark, Laboratory Director.
The 2011 Premier AEIX Risk Management Award was presented to hospital representatives by the Premier Inc. healthcare alliance for a process improvement projected related to prophylaxis of the newborn of a mother with hepatitis B, HIV, syphilis, or group B strep. Award winning projects demonstrated reduced cost, enhanced patient safety, and clear metrics for tracking and sustaining success.

“This award highlights Texas Health Southwest’s industry leading efforts to continuously improve patient safety and enhance care delivery,” said Brett McClung, the hospital’s president.

Twenty healthcare systems representing 98 hospitals are members of AEIX, an excess liability risk retention group managed by Premier Insurance Management Services Inc. Representatives of all healthcare entities within these systems were eligible to apply for the award.

Premier also recognized Texas Health Southwest and five other Texas Health Resources hospitals as top performers in the QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative, a nationwide performance improvement project for their efforts in saving lives, safely reducing the cost of care and delivering the most reliable and effective care. Texas Health hospitals in Arlington, Azle, Cleburne, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, and Stephenville, and Southwest Fort Worth were honored. The hospitals have participated for all three years of the project and received honorable mention recognition in Premier’s QUEST Award for High Value Healthcare program.

“Texas Health joined QUEST to compete against the best of the best hospitals that participate with Premier nationwide toward our common goal of improving quality and patient safety,” said Mark Lester, M.D., interim chief quality officer for Texas Health Resources. “Three years of participation in QUEST has given Texas Health the opportunity to evaluate our progress and see how we compare with other quality improvement-minded health care providers.”

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth is a 230-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 TexasHealth.org/SouthwestFW.

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.