Accolades (06.21.13)

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth received an Outstanding Achievement Award for its excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The hospital’s cancer care program ranked among 79 recognized programs nationwide, according to the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. The Commission performed on-site survey and evaluated the hospital’s cancer program on 29 standards within cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement, along with eight rigorous commendation standards.

Methodist Charlton Medical Center has been recognized as a top donor by the UT Southwestern Medical Center Transplant Services Center, the hospital’s eye bank. For eight of the past 20 years, Methodist Charlton has been among the eye bank’s top 20 donor hospitals, providing eye tissue for cornea transplants that can save a patient’s sight. In the past 10 years, Methodist Charlton has helped facilitate 132 ocular donations, which provided 152 corneas for transplantation and 146 ocular grafts for vision preservation procedures.

JPS has received The National Patient Safety Foundation 2013 Stand Up For Patient Safety Management Award for a staff-initiated campaign to protect patients from operating room fires. The rare fires, which are dangerous but not a problem at JPS, are caused by the combination of alcohol-based prep agents, open oxygen, and surgical equipment such as lasers and electrocautery units. The award recognizes hospitals and providers for creating and implementing outstanding patient safety initiatives.

Texas Health Resources has been named one of the top 100 workplaces for information technology professionals. IDG’s Computerworld magazine’s annual “Best Place to Work in IT” survey, which was published in June, ranked Texas Health as No. 31. The questionnaire surveyed companies and ranked them based on variables such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. Texas Health offers its employees programs such as tuition reimbursement, an Employee Assistance Program, paid vacation for community service and a retirement matching program. Additionally, Texas Health IT employees have access to programs such as Connections, a program that allows staff members to see the impact their jobs have on patient care by spending at least a half day with a clinician annually. This award comes after Texas Health Resources was named in May as one of the “2013 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” by the National Business Group on Health and, in February, as one of America’s Top 150 Workplaces by WorkplaceDynamics earlier this year. Additionally, Texas Health Partners earned the 2012 Distinctive Workplace Award® from Press Ganey Associates, Inc. in February.

Denton Regional Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association with its Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award acknowledges medical centers for their commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients. Denton Regional Medical Center is involved with the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline program, which is aimed at improving heart attack treatment through speed and accuracy. The hospital meets high standards in both areas, as well as provides patients with aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and smoking cessation counseling if needed.

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