Healthcare Accolades

The American Chemical Society has named UT Arlington chemistry and biochemistry professor Daniel W. Armstrong as American Chemical Society Fellow in its 2013 Class of Fellows, recognizing Armstrong’s innovative achievements in the lab as well as his effective outreach projects. The university’s Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry has authored more than 550 publications, including 29 book chapters and one book, and holds 20 U.S. patents. His development of new methods for separating chemical mixtures in solution or as gas has led to advances in realms of science essential to pharmaceutical drug development and disease identification and treatment.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has chosen Jessica Rangel O’Neal, vice president of operations at the Methodist Dallas Medical Center, as its 2013 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. The DFWHC Board of Trustees created the award in 2005 to recognize young men and women in healthcare. The presentation will take place on Oct. 24 at the Arlington Convention Center. Doris Kearns Goodwin will serve as keynote speaker for the event, while Florence Shapiro will receive the Distinguished Health Service Award. The event is sponsored in part by Wilson Elser LLP, GroupOne Services, CampbellWilson LLP, and Konica Minolta.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital’s intensive care unit has earned the Bronze Beacon Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The award honors nursing units that successfully develop, deploy and integrate best practices for quality care of patients and families. The neurological ICU exceeded the association’s high standards in areas such as staff engagement, clinical outcomes and leadership.  The 22-bed unit cares for some of the hospital’s most critically ill patients, including those undergoing treatment for stroke, epilepsy and brain tumors.

Medical City Children’s Hospital has received the “Excellence in Life Support Award” from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization. The hospital’s Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation program supports patients with failing cardiac and respiratory systems in both the Congenital Heart Surgery Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The award recognizes centers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and ongoing clinical care. Medical City is one of only a few centers to receive the Excellence in Life Support Award since its inception in 2006.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital’s neurodiagnostics lab has been recognized as a National Lab for Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists. The award—given to just 16 care facilities nationwide—recognizes the lab’s real-time monitoring of a patient’s neurological status during spinal, nerve and brain surgeries. Accreditation means the board determined intraoperative monitoring at Texas Health Fort Worth complies with strict national guidelines for quality care and patient safety.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has awarded Baylor Heart and Vascular Services at Dallas and the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano its three-star rating for both valve replacement surgery and heart bypass surgery. Fewer than three percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned three-star ratings in both procedures. The STS National Cardiac Database, which the STS rating system is based upon, measures outcomes for more than 90 percent of the 1,100 cardiac surgery programs in the United States.

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