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Texas Health Azle Receives $420,000 Grant to Support Community Health Programs
02/21/2012

AZLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle has been awarded a $420,000 grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services to support community health programs that focus on wellness and disease prevention.

The Transforming Texas: Healthy People in Healthy Communities Grant aims to prevent heart attacks, strokes, cancer and other leading causes of death or disability in counties with populations of 499,999 or less through evidence and practice-based policy, environmental, and system change approaches. The grant funds received by Texas Health Azle will be used to collaborate with community organizations on community wellness programs in Parker and Hood counties.

The hospital plans to help educate residents on the importance of chronic disease self-management, smoking cessation, and healthy food choices. Chronic disease self-management education will aim to give patients the tools and resources to manage high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes symptoms and improve their quality of life.

“The mission of Texas Health Resources is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” said Bob Ellzey, FACHE, president of Texas Health Azle. “Our collaboration with the state to transform healthcare delivery from a sickness model to a wellness model will lead to healthier communities and reduced hospital utilization in Azle, surrounding counties that we serve, and we hope, eventually, the entire state of Texas.”

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle has served Azle, Springtown, Lake Worth and greater northwest Tarrant and Parker Counties since 1954. The hospital’s services include cardiology, orthopedics, imaging and rehabilitation. Texas Health Azle is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Azle.

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 24 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, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, 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 TexasHealth.org.

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