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Texas Health Denton Recognized by State Quality Organization

DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton has earned a Bronze Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award in recognition of its gains in key clinical areas designated as national health care priorities. This award, presented by TMF Health Quality Institute (TMF), recognizes hospitals that undertake efforts to advance the quality of care in their facilities.

Texas Health Denton Recognized by State Quality Organization
Accepting the award from TMF Chief Medical Officer Dr. Earl Smith (center) were (from left): Ruth Blackwell, quality manager, Jeff Reecer vice president of operations, Stephanie Sandmann, emergency department manager, and Amy Hodges clinical outcomes specialist.
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“Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve and our ongoing process improvement efforts are one piece of the effort to do so,” said Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton. “In addition to our dedicated quality department employees, we also empower each employee, regardless of their job function, to bring ideas for how to improve the care we offer to each patient.”

In addition to Texas Health Denton, seven other Texas Health hospitals in Arlington, Azle, Cleburne, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Fort Worth, Plano and Dallas were recognized. Also recognized were three Texas Health joint venture hospitals — Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall.

“Improving our care and quality holds vital importance for Texas Health Resources,” said Mark C. Lester, M.D., interim chief quality officer for Texas Health Resources and vice president and chief quality officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. “We’re grateful that TMF has recognized our efforts and encouraged our hospitals forward.”

TMF is an Austin-based nonprofit consultancy that promotes quality health and health care. The awards program is offered in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.

“Quality improvement can be challenging,” said Dr. David E. Garza, president of the TMF board of trustees. “These hospitals have shown that it can be done through leadership, teamwork and focus. Their hard work results in a higher quality of care for patients.”

Hospitals self-nominate for participation in the non-competitive program and agree to focus on making improvements in clinical areas that include acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Improvement in these areas has been designated a priority for U.S. health care by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

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About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center, and is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and designated by the State of Texas as a Primary Stroke Facility. Texas Health Denton is an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States.

For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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

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