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Lifestyle and Services Program at Texas Health Azle a Finalist for National Award|
AZLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle’s Better LIFE program, in conjunction with the Good NEWS senior program, were recently named a finalist for the 18th annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award. The Good NEWS for a Better LIFE program was one of six nationwide to be recognized by Premier Health Care Alliance for improving the health of individuals in the community.
Good NEWS for a Better LIFE is a program that promotes a healthy lifestyle and provides social services to senior citizens in the Azle community. Since the collaboration began in 2006, the program has focused on both healthy senior citizens as well as those who are sick or home-bound.
“Our program benefits all seniors in our community by providing health education, exercise and medical screenings for those who are healthy enough to participate as well as social support services, minor home repairs and transportation for those seniors who are ill,” said Marsha Ingle, community education specialist at Texas Health Azle. “Our goal is to keep our healthy seniors well and give our seniors who are ill or home-bound the assistance that they deserve.”
The program has proven to be successful. Since 2007, only three seniors have been discharged from the program to a nursing home. The hospital has also worked to reduce the number of falls and injuries in senior citizens who are healthy and active.
“Good NEWS for a Better LIFE is one great example of how Texas Health Azle and our community partners are actively improving the health of the people in this area,” said Winjie Tang Miao, president of the hospital. “We are thrilled to have received this prestigious recognition and believe this program is a model that other communities around the country can use to improve the health of their seniors.”
Good NEWS for a Better LIFE was recognized in late January at the annual Premier Governance Education Conference in Phoenix.
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