Innovation, Technology Lead to Pathway Award for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne

CLEBURNE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne has been nationally recognized as the winner of the inaugural 2012 Pathway Award. Given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Cerner Corporation, the hospital accepted the $10,000 award during the recent Pathway to Excellence Conference in Washington, D.C. The winning project had to meet “Pathway to Excellence” practice standards and demonstrate innovation and technology by creating a positive nurse practice environment.

Texas Health Cleburne staff accept Pathway Award
Texas Health Cleburne staff accepting the award were (from left): Joy Spears, R.N., Martha Petty, R.N., Ronda Dillard, R.N., Blake Kretz, hospital president, Mary Robinson, R.N., Amanda McDonald, R.N., Sheri Hammond, R.N., and Denice Black, R.N.

Texas Health Cleburne was awarded for its project titled “Community Case Management: A Transitional Care Model Using Advanced Practice Nurses to Reduce Hospital Readmissions and Preventable Emergency Department Visits.”

“We are truly honored to be the first hospital in the nation chosen for such a prestigious award,” said Texas Health Cleburne President Blake Kretz. “We want the residents in the communities we serve to benefit from the innovative and creative design we developed for this program.”

By incorporating Android tablets, the Internet and documented monitoring by an advanced practice nurse, the goal of the project is to improve the health of patients with chronic diseases by decreasing readmissions and preventable admissions to the emergency department. The project details proactive procedures, including follow-up analyses by advanced practice registered nurses along with in-home assessments by first responders.

Using a portion of the monetary award, Texas Health Cleburne will purchase a program developed by bioengineers at the University of Texas at Dallas that allows interactive, remote monitoring of patients with chronic diseases. The technology even provides the clinician with the ability to talk to the patient and conduct a virtual assessment.

“We want to decrease readmissions and improve outcomes for our patients in Johnson and Tarrant counties,” Kretz said. “We’re thrilled to be the first hospital to earn this award; and that recognition comes with many responsibilities and expectations. But I know we’re up for the challenge.”

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

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