Accolades (06.13.13)


Al Wexler, a volunteer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation. Wexler, 94, has dedicated the most recent 18 years of his life to serving his community. He worked for Lockheed Martin for 51 years before he retired and began looking for volunteer opportunities close to home. He’s volunteered everywhere from neighborhood schools and museums to the zoo and Texas Health Southwest. He has been with the hospital for 10 years.

UT Arlington psychology professor Robert Gatchel has received the 2013 Dallas Psychological Association’s Distinguished Psychologist Award. The award, presented in May in Dallas, recognized Gatchel for his years of contributions to the psychological community as well as his mentorship of graduate students. Gatchel is the Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology and director of the Center of Excellence for the Study of Health & Chronic Illnesses at UT Arlington and has been nominated for the award in the past.

Dallas Rheumatologist Scott Zashin, M.D., has received the highly selective Patients’ Choice Award. Almost 900,000 active doctors and dentists have ratings on Vitals, UCompareHealthCare and other sites used to select recipients for the Patients’ Choice Award. However, only 1 percent of doctors nationwide qualifies for the award. In addition to his contributions to medicine, Zashin has also treated patients using alternative medicine and non-pharmacological treatments in conjunction with conventional therapies.


Texas Health Resources has been recognized by the National Business Group on Health as one of the “2013 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles”. Texas Health earned the gold distinction for its “Be Healthy” employee wellness program that encourages employees and their families to maintain healthy lifestyles. THR has been honored with the award for four years in a row, and the hospital is among only 65 employers nationwide to earn the distinction. Gold award winners are recognized for making cultural and environmental changes and developing comprehensive programs to support employees’ healthy lifestyle goals.

Community Hospital Corporation has received the Gold Aster Award for its 2012-2013 advertising campaign. The CHC ads were recognized under the hospital management and consulting group in the magazine advertising-series category. The ad campaign focused its theme of “Help Where Hospitals Need It” on its mission to help protect and preserve community-based hospitals. Dallas-based Vivanti Group designed the ad campaign. The Aster Awards Program identifies the country’s most talented healthcare marketing professionals for exceptional advertising. Campaigns are judged on creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.

JPS Health Network has received the 2013 Community Heroes award from Adult Protective Services for its efforts to protect its most vulnerable patients, elderly and disabled adults at risk for abuse, neglect and exploitation. JPS prides itself for team members who diligently report signs abuse when they suspect it among patients. However, they surpass the requirements of law when they help monitor and report the well-being of those who are already in state custody and are receiving healthcare services at JPS.

Medical Center Arlington trauma center has earned a Level III Trauma Facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services. MCA is the only designated trauma hospital in Arlington. The designation promotes trauma system development and encompasses the pre-hospital phase all the way through the rehabilitation process. In order to earn the designation, centers must submit to an on-site review and meet the essential criteria in Texas Administrative Code that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance. Additionally, MCA recently received an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, which was based on the hospital’s exceptionally low numbers of preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections.

Baylor Health Care System‘s HealthTexas Provider Network had 50 physician practices receive awards from the Texas Physician Practice Quality Improvement Awards program. Only 80 awards were presented statewide. The Baylor physician practices were recognized by TMF Health Quality Institute, Texas Medical Association and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association for effectively using health information technology to improve patient care through reliable delivery of preventive health services. The award acknowledges Texas physicians who have demonstrated commitment to improving clinical measures with the help of technology and  to providing exemplary care.

Methodist Charlton Medical Center and DeSoto Fire Rescue have achieved a landmark in improving their heart attack response times. They set a new record door-to-balloon time of 14 minutes, which is 10 minutes faster than their previous record of 24 minutes. The record is the result of cooperative efforts of the hospital’s emergency department and cardiac catheterization lab, DeSoto Fire Rescue and cardiologist Manishkumar Patel, MD, an independently practicing cardiologist on the Methodist Charlton staff.

JPS has been recognized by the American Hospital Association for innovating to improve access to mental health care and substance abuse services in the community. AHA president and CEO Rich Umbdenstock recently wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging support for psychiatric and substance abuse health. In the June 3 letter, AHA acknowledged JPS for its role as a founding member of Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County, a partnership of public and private agencies that emerged after the 1999 Wedgewood Baptist Church mass shooting.

Brasfield & Gorrie has been awarded the vertical expansion and renovation contract of the Medical City Hospital in Dallas. The project will include a 160,307-square-foot, four-story vertical addition above the existing emergency department and ambulance drop-off, as well as a 68,576-square-foot interior renovation of multiple departments, such as surgery, medical oncology, stem cell and the emergency department/cardiac diagnostic unit. This is the sixth and largest renovation Brasfield & Gorrie will perform at Medical City. The project will be led by architect Perkins + Will.

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