Accolades (03.29.13)

PEOPLE

Christopher J. Durovich has been recognized by the 83rd Legislature of the Texas House of Representatives for his leadership as president and CEO of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and as chairman of the board of trustees Children’s Hospital Association. Durovich leads the Children’s Health Association board in its efforts to improve the health of the nation’s children by advancing delivery, cost and quality of pediatric health care and affecting public policy.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Alfred Gilman, Regental Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has been named an inaugural Fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research. Gilman has been recognized for his significant contributions to cancer research. His work identifying G proteins and their critical role in how cells communicate to function properly has been instrumental to understanding numerous diseases, including the development of tumors.

RTKL Principal and development director Jonni Johnson CPSM, has received the Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award for 2013 from the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has been acknowledged for making significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare management excellence and advancing ACHE’s goals. The award recognizes executives who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, innovative and creative management, executive capability in promoting their organization and participation in civic/community activities and projects.

COMPANIES

The Medical Center of Plano has been recognized by Jonathan D. Hewlett with Southwest Transplant Alliance for its threefold increase in organ donation during the past year. In 2012, the Center recorded a total of 85 patients receiving transplanted organs from 31 individual donors, which is a sharp increase from the 25 recipients of transplants enabled by nine donors in 2011. Hewlett accredited this success in organ donation to the hard work of the nurses in the Center’s Emergency Department, neurological intensive care and surgical services units. Since 2003, The Medical Center of Plano has been part of the Leadership Circle of hospitals recognized by the Transplant Services Center of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The hospital ranks among the top 20 in the region in terms of organs donated and transplanted.

UNT Health Science Center’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine ranked among the top 50 of all medical schools nationally for primary care by US News & World. TCOM ranked 31st this year, higher than its 35th ranking last year. Of all the schools ranked, TCOM produces the second greatest percentage of graduates entering primary care in the nation and the most in Texas.

The Methodist Charlton cardiology team has been ranked No. I in Dallas County for heart attack care by the Dallas County STEMI System of Care during the third quarter of 2012. Methodist Charlton recorded an average door-to-balloon (D2B) time of 50 minutes, surpassing the national goal of 90 minutes. Out of the top D2B performers, Methodist Charlton holds eight of the fastest times. D2B time is the number of minutes between the patient’s arrival in the emergency department and the opening of the blocked artery following a heart attack. Methodist Charlton was awarded based on data collected by the American Heart Association Dallas Caruth Initiative. This is the second time Methodist Charlton has been recognized for its heart attack care.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville has been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. The hospital has been recognized for its high practice standards in mammography, sterotactic brest biopsy and breast ultrasound. Texas Health Stephenville is the fourth Texas Health Resources hospital to earn the accreditation. Accreditation gives Texas Health Stephenville access to the National Mammography Database and allows it to compare itself to other hospitals nationwide.

Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth has been recognized as the only Tarrant County cardiovascular facility to successfully perform a hybrid coronary revascularization surgery. Interventional Cardiologist Farhan Ali, M.D., M.P.H., a partner at Heart Center of North Texas, and Cardiothoracic Surgeon James Anderson, M.D., partner at North Texas Surgical, performed the surgery Thursday, March 14. The patient receiving treatment was suffering from blockages in all three major arteries of the heart, leaving him with the traditional options of either open-heart surgery or stenting. Hybrid coronary revascularization surgery provides a third, less invasive option in which technology and durability or open-heart surgery is combined with minimally invasive stenting procedures. “With this procedure, the patient can potentially expect quicker recovery, less time in the hospital, and fewer long-term side effects such as leg swelling and discomfort from taking vein grafts from the legs as in traditional open heart procedures,” Dr. Ali said.

Novation has been recognized as a 2013 Laureate for IDG’s Computer World Honors Program for its innovative use of information technology. Novation developed a suite of price-benchmarking and cost-management analytic applications, with the goal of improving supply chain processes and increasing user savings.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake has been named a 2013 Best Company to Work for in Texas. Texas Health Southlake was awarded to the top position if the medium organization size category. The awards program, a multi-organization project, was designed as a two-part survey, which evaluates a company’s workplace policies, systems, philosophies, practices, demographics and employee experience.

Four Texas Health Resources Hospitals have been named as some of the best in the nation at providing safe, reliable and efficient care. The hospitals achieved top performance in quality in the Premier health care alliance’s QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative. Texas Health hospitals in Azle, Cleburne, Kaufman and Stephenville have been recognized for meeting top performance standards in at least four of six domains of care. Texas Health Kaufman is one of only 18 hospitals nationally that was recognized for its performance in five areas. Texas Health Kaufman was recognized for its efforts at reducing the average cost of care, delivering evidence-based care measures to patients, improving hospital experience, reducing preventable harm events and reducing readmissions. Participating QUEST hospitals set aggressive improvement goals in quality, safety and effectiveness of care. Since 2008, QUEST participant hospitals have used transparent and publicly available measures that show they have avoided 92,000 deaths and saved $9.1 billion in costs.

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