Accolades (05.16.13)

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UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Neal Alto, Ph.D., has received a 2013 Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award for his investigation of cross-species communication between pathogens and the host’s cell signaling systems. The award, named for a scientist involved in the early identification of therapies to treat HIV/AIDS, honors early career scientists for their outstanding basic research in medical microbiology and infectious diseases.

Dr. Hoyt Frenzel, emergency medicine physician and medical director of Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, has received the Physician of the Year award from the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council. He has been recognized for his integral role in Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital’s numerous achievements to advance and promote quality health care and patient satisfaction. Frenzel joined the medical staff at Texas Health Arlington Memorial in 2001, and in 2007, he became the hospital’s ED medical director. Under his direction, the hospital earned Acute Heart Failure Center designation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care in 2009.

Laura Sullivan, R.N., of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen has earned the Special Recognition Award at the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Employee of the Year luncheon. Sullivan has dedicated more than 20 years to the field of nursing and has spent the last seven years caring for patients admitted to the medical/surgical unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen.

COMPANIES

Texas Health Resources has been recognized with the MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle from the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Texas Health is one of only four health care organizations in the country to be recognized by the award at the system level for 2013. The award recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate innovative and effective practices that deliver sustained financial performance, including patient satisfaction scores.

Centennial Medical Center in Frisco has been recognized with Advanced Certification for Primary Stoke Centers. The certification recognizes an organization’s dedication to improving patient outcomes. The Joint Commission reviewed Centennial’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements and made no recommendations for improvement to the hospital.

The Methodist Dallas Medical Center cancer program has earned the highest Three-Year Accreditation with commendation at the gold level from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.  Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.  The gold level requires the center to achieve commendation in seven or eight standards. The Methodist Dallas multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer received commendation in eight standards.

Baylor Medical Center McKinney received the Dallas Business Journal “2013 Best Medical Real Estate Deal.” The award honors the most important, complex and biggest deals in North Texas during 2012. Baylor McKinney was one of only two finalists in the category of “Best Medical Deal.” The DBJ selected the Baylor McKinney deal because of the “combination of a winning site, a growing population, a supportive city, strong demographics and available doctors.”

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman has received Quality Respiratory Care Recognition by the American Association of Respiratory Care. Texas Health Kaufman qualified for this recognition by meeting a series of quality standards and guidelines for delivering high-level care. The hospital was recognized for its commitment to providing safe, quality care to our patients on a daily basis.

The Wound Care Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen has earned a Center of Distinction Award. The hospital was recognized for having a center that achieved high quality outcomes for 12 consecutive months. More than 400 patients were treated at the Texas Health Allen Wound Care Center in 2012 and maintained a patient satisfaction score of more than 96 percent. In 97 percent of cases, patients at the center saw their wounds heal within 30 days. The center treats a wide range of wounds such as diabetic ulcers, surgical wounds, pressure ulcers, arterial ulcers, venous insufficiency, traumatic wounds and burns.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford has earned a Level III Trauma Facility designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The designation demonstrates the hospital’s ability to meet a high level of 24-hour trauma emergency, operative and critical care services. Texas Health HEB has recently received other quality recognitions, including recognition as a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center and full Heart Failure accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. Level III Trauma Facility designation means emergency responders do not have to deliver Mid-Cities trauma victims to hospitals in Dallas or Fort Worth for high-quality care.

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas has partnered with the North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership’s Health Information Exchange. The hospital is the first pediatric hospital to partner with the NTAHP Health Information Exchange. The partnership allows Children’s healthcare providers to quickly and easily retrieve comprehensive patient history from all providers involved in a patient’s care.

Methodist Health System has been named one of 100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review. Methodist Health has earned the recognition for three years in a row. Methodist was recognized for its excellent employee benefit packages and tuition reimbursement, the way its “faith-based mission resonates with staff,” and for the 30 Minute Club, in which Methodist employees can choose to donate a portion of each paycheck to capital improvement projects, the Basic Employee Needs Fund, the Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program, or the Methodist General Fund.

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