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Medical Library Awarded National Grant for Community Disaster Management Resources
12/30/2013

FORT WORTH, Texas — The National Library of Medicine has recognized the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth medical library with a $30,000 grant and Disaster Information Outreach Award. The grant, which will be used to fund disaster training and resources for health professionals and first responders throughout Fort Worth, is one of three awarded nationwide each year.

The hospital’s medical library will partner with Texas Health Resources Emergency Management, the Texas Health Fort Worth safety department and MedStar Mobile Healthcare to help increase use of the National Library of Medicine databases and tools during disasters.

“Disaster information database training can increase health care providers’ skills and confidence during a large-scale disaster and result in highly competent patient care during a chaotic time,” said Scarlett J. Burchfield, information resources manager at Texas Health Fort Worth. “By forming these partnerships, the library will help bring quality, evidence-based information to the frontlines of disaster management and ensure that our responders know how to use these resources at the point of need.”

Texas Health Fort Worth employees participate in disaster-preparedness drills throughout the year to help train for large-scale community crisis events.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 724-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.texashealth.org.

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