Accolades (05.01.13)


Nobel Laureate Dr. Bruce A. Beutler of UT Southwestern Medical Center has been elected by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) to serve in the organization. Beutler is the director of the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense at UT Southwestern and a Regental Professor. Beutler has been recognized for his research in immunology. He runs one of the world’s largest mouse mutagenesis programs. He and his team have identified more than 240 mutations that cause abnormalities in mice. He is among 15 other medical center faculty members who serve in AAAS.

Three Methodist Health System employees were named in the 2013 Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Awards. Vanita Currin, nurse extern at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center and student at El Centro College, received the Rex McRae Scholarship. Mary Jo Walters, nursing clinical coordinator at Methodist Charlton Medical Center, and Sharon Smith, RN at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, both received Special Recognition Awards. These recipients were selected for their significant impact on patients, peers and the community at large. Vanita Currin was chosen for her dedication and compassionate care in both her role as student and an extern at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. Mary Jo Walters was honored for her leadership, clinical expertise, dedication, and passion for patient care. She was actively involved in developing easier and understandable computer charting screens and has reduced the infection rates in patients by implementing new and safer ways to treat and care for them. Sharon Smith was honored for her strong work ethic and for being an outstanding employee role model. Several Methodist Hospital volunteers were also recognized: Allison Vo; Charles Newby; Phil Berry, MD; Brett Tullos; Allan Van Horn, MD; Randall Canedy; Darin Charles, MD.; Tanya Packer, RN; and Lynda Abbott.



Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford has earned the highest accreditation possible for chest pain treatment. The hospital has been accredited a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center and a full Heart Failure Accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The hospital has earned the designation for its stringent standards for rapid recognition and collaborative treatment of a heart attack. The quick response times required for accreditation are linked to better patient outcomes and more lives saved,  according to an Emory University School of Medicine study.

Tenent Healthcare in Dallas has been named by The Healthier Hospitals Initiative 2012 Milestone Report as having reduced its environmental footprint, lowered costs and improved patient health by incorporating sustainability initiatives into its business model. Launched in April 2012, HHI is a national campaign to improve health of patients, staff, and the community; reduce environmental impact by the sector; and experience considerable fiscal savings that reduce the overall national health care costs through better public health. The HHI report recorded data from hospitals in six areas: Engaged Leadership, Healthier Food, Leaner Energy, Less Waste, Safer Chemicals, and Smarter Purchasing. Tenet Dallas was the only North Texas hospital named on the list of 25 hospitals nationally.

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