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Parkland earns LEED® Gold award for new hospital
Second Gold award for new construction project

The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum — that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five sustainable design categories. The U.S. Green Building Council says LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was built to “achieve high performance” in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“We have had a focus on sustainability throughout the planning, design and construction of the hospital,” said Lou Saksen, Senior Vice President of New Parkland Construction. “Throughout design and construction we were tracking a solid LEED Silver. As we neared the end of construction we saw an opportunity where we could make some changes to achieve LEED Gold. This is a huge accomplishment.”

The new 2.1 million-square-foot acute care hospital, which opens on August 20, was designed to promote excellence in clinical care, teaching and research in a technologically-advanced and easily accessible environment.

“The integrated design and construction team approach was critical in the overall sustainability success that was achieved on this project,” said Mark Meaders, Sustainable Design Project Manager, HDR+Corgan.

“The entire hospital was designed with the patient in mind,” Saksen said. “With 10 acres of glass covering the building, natural light radiates throughout the new hospital. Each patient room includes a window, and many treatment areas throughout the hospital also incorporate the use of windows and natural light to assist in the healing process.”

The entire healthcare campus, Saksen said, was sustainably designed. In doing so Parkland can efficiently manage and control solar heat gain, and by using recycled, local building materials it has reduced the carbon footprint.

For more information about new Parkland, visit www.parklandhospital.com
The new Parkland Memorial Hospital has been awarded the LEED® Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, which sets voluntary standards for buildings. This is the second LEED Gold Certification Parkland has received. In 2013, it received LEED Gold for its Tower Garage located at the corner of Harry Hines Boulevard and Medical District Drive.
Wayfinding at new Parkland Memorial Hospital made simple
Signs, symbols, technology help patients, visitors navigate easily

“Hospitals can be stressful environments,” said Gena English, AAHID, EDAC, RAS, Senior Program Manager of New Parkland Construction. “One of the important design goals we included from the beginning was ease of navigation. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for patients and their families to find their way, whether it’s to the cafeteria, labor and delivery or to visit a sick loved one.”

From the first step when visitors enter the new hospital, wayfinding clues abound. Five interactive touch-screen computer displays opposite the front doors greet guests as they approach the front desk. The information screens offer assistance in both English and Spanish, the predominant languages spoken by Parkland visitors.

The screens also use symbols and images to guide the user through a menu of options to help them find their way. Programmed like many familiar cell-phone apps, they provide simple verbal and visual directions and maps to the desired destination. Because they are paperless, the lobby screens also eliminate litter.

“The information screens will be intuitive for most people to use and will provide a quick way to find assistance,” said Joseph Longo, Vice President, New Parkland Hospital Information Technology. “If additional help is needed, front desk staff will be there to answer questions.”

Signage throughout the new hospital includes universal symbols based on a program called “Hablamos Juntos,” meaning “we speak together.”  Symbols identify everything from restrooms to Gift Shop, Imaging Services to Pastoral Care. Parkland’s design team developed the majority of the icons used throughout the building to meet the hospital’s unique needs.

“Currently, there are 110 different languages spoken by patients and visitors at Parkland,” said English. “The icons provide a non-verbal, visual ‘alphabet’ to help guide people, regardless of their language.”

Colors are another subtle but important route-finding feature. From the main lobby, visitors have only two choices of elevators to take them to patient floors above – the gold elevators that lead to the Serena Simmons Connelly Tower, home to Women and Infants Specialty Health (WISH) services, or the blue elevators that provide access to the acute care tower housing medical and surgical patients.

“Blue and gold were selected for the walls and signs at the elevators because they are two colors that even color-blind individuals can perceive,” English explained.

In addition, two shapes of leaves embedded in the lobby’s terrazzo flooring provide more wayfinding queues. Oak leaves lead toward the gold elevators, while bald cypress leaves guide guests to the blue elevators.

With 862 private patient rooms, the room-numbering system at the new Parkland also needed to be simple. The first digits represent the floor number, followed by a hyphen and room numbers. For example, 12-402 represents room 402 on the 12th floor. Signs greet visitors as they exit the elevators on each floor, providing additional directions to rooms and services.

A special wayfinding system was incorporated into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In keeping with the mission of ‘bringing the park back to Parkland’ and to enhance the healing aspects of nature found throughout the new hospital, the 96 private patient rooms in the NICU are grouped into “Lake” and “Forest” zones. There are eight “pods” of 12 rooms each in the NICU; hallways and rooms are clustered by fish, frog, dragonfly and duck symbols in the Lake section, and by bear, bird, deer and rabbit symbols in the Forest area.

“Natural materials, colors and natural light reflect the unifying theme of nature throughout the hospital,” English said. “Wherever people look, there are windows, bringing the outdoors in and providing another way that people can orient themselves by seeing a view.”

For more information about the new Parkland, please visit www.parklandhospital.com
There’s no question the new 2.1 million-square-foot Parkland Memorial Hospital is super-sized. Nearly twice as large as the current Parkland, Dallas County’s new public hospital is the largest hospital construction project in the U.S.

Despite its jumbo scale, the new Parkland was designed to make it easy for patients and visitors to find their way. Simple visual clues and user-friendly technology, along with more than 30,000 signs, will help patients and visitors get to their destination.
Texas Health Resources Named One of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in the U.S.

they experience behaviors that are indicative of a great workplace. When the votes were tallied, Texas Health ranked No. 37 on the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials 2015 list. Texas Health was the only large health care system in Texas to be included on the list.

The honor comes on the heels of Texas Health being named a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® 2015 in March.  Michelle Kirby, Texas Health senior vice president and chief people officer, said this latest recognition is a reflection of Texas Health’s strong culture and a commitment to take care of both patients and each other that is shared by employees, volunteers and physicians on the medical staffs.

“Along with our Fortune 100 recognition, being on this prestigious list further demonstrates how our emphasis on teamwork and collaboration resonates with millennials in the workplace,” Kirby said. “We want them to know they are an essential part of our workforce, and that Texas Health is a place where they can enjoy a long and rewarding career.”

Fortune.com’s millennials recognition is new. The list is designed to showcase workplaces with exceptional culture, and was developed using rankings based on trends, demographics and industries. The employee survey data is also used for producing the Great Place to Work® Reviews.

“A dedicated, engaged and diverse workforce helps make Texas Health a great place for work,” Kirby said.        
The recognized companies were selected based on the evaluations of nearly 90,000 millennial-aged employees who were anonymously surveyed using the Trust Index©, Great Place to Work’s employee assessment survey.          
The list can be found at www.Fortune.com and www.GreatPlacetoWork.com/Reviews. 

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, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley Hospitals, 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.
Texas Health Resources’ latest accolade is one for the ages—the younger ages.  Great Place to Work® and Fortune.com recently surveyed nearly 90,000 millennial-aged employees (those younger than 35) about how often
Keeping your hands healthy and pain free this summer
By Angel Biasatti
Director of Community and Public Relations/Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

breaks during repetitive or prolonged activities are a couple of ways to keep your hands healthy.”

Gordon recommends warming up your hands before beginning a task, just as you would before you exercise. “Spread your hands and fingers wide, then ball them up in a fist. Repeat five times,” Gordon describes. “This will keep your hands flexible and decrease the chance of muscle strain.”

The small joints in your hands are especially vulnerable. Protect them by using a shopping cart instead of a basket, and avoid carrying heavy grocery bags by their handles. Instead, hold bags from the bottom and carry them one at a time. “The joints in your hands will thank you for it,” she says.

To avoid straining your hands with everyday tasks, switch to pumps for lotions, toothpaste, shampoos, and conditioners, and use the palm of your hand to pump instead of squeeze containers. Don’t use your hands as a tool to open bags or envelopes. Choose the right tool like a letter opener, scissors, or staple remover. Consider nonslip jar openers, electric can openers, and slip-on foam to enlarge small objects like pens and pencils. If you feel your hands tightening up or straining during the day, perform simple hand and arm stretches to improve flexibility.

“Try doing a prayer stretch by placing your palms together with your fingertips pointing toward the ceiling. Then stretch downward until you feel the stretch on the underside of your forearms,” she says.

Pain or discomfort is one of the ways your body lets you know it’s time to rest. “If you have pain during an activity like writing, gardening, cooking, painting, hammering, or filing, just stop and rest your hands,” she says.

Maintaining proper posture, using the appropriate tools for the job, changing your hand positions regularly, performing hand stretches and taking breaks, can be beneficial to maintain healthy hands this summer.

Treat your hands with love by stretching them regularly and letting them rest. If you are experiencing pain, it might be time to see your physician and a certified hand therapist. Don’t have a physician? Visit MethodistHealthSystem.org/FindAPhysician or call 877-637-4297 today.
Sunny days are great for grilling and outdoor activities, but without proper protection, everyday tasks like gardening, doing repairs around the house, riding your bike, preparing meals, grocery shopping, and using your computer can injure your hands over time. Think vacation, and give your hands a break.

“Maintaining good hand health is a year-round activity,” says Lara Gordon, occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist on the physical medicine staff at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. “Your hands are constantly on the go. Remembering to stretch and take regular rest
New Parkland’s pneumatic tubes improve safety, efficiency
Patient care benefits from use of high-speed systems

Getting specimens to the lab quickly benefits patients because it means faster diagnosis and treatment for patients. It will take less than 30 seconds to send carriers from new Parkland across the 923-foot pedestrian bridge and into the Microbiology Lab on the ground floor of the current hospital. The system is so speedy that the transfer time from the farthest point at the new Parkland hospital (level 17) to the Microbiology Lab will be less than 2 minutes, and the express station at the lab will allow tubes to be received and sent every 7 seconds.

The new Parkland uses a pneumatic tube system by Swisslog, a system that’s computer-controlled and computer-monitored, to transport clinical material, including pharmaceuticals, lab samples and supplies using the latest in technology. At new Parkland, almost seven miles of tubing runs throughout the entire campus. The system can process as many as 8,800 transactions a day.

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology automatically tracks carriers that are in the system and gives users real-time verification that critical transactions arrive on time. Another feature of the pneumatic tube system is card-access security to control who is authorized to send and receive secure transactions.

“The card-access security feature is a wonderful addition. This allows pneumatic tubes to be placed closer to patients for increased efficiency and patient care,” said Kristina Jones, MBA, MPM, Senior Program Manager for New Parkland Construction. “The new system even automates empty carrier counts and ‘knows’ how to redistribute them to units that may need them.”

An express system made up of six lines is currently being installed in the ceiling of the pedestrian bridge that will connect the current hospital to the new one. This system allows multiple carriers to function at one time in the send and receiving lines of the system. The express system will connect onto the level 3 elevator transfer stations in the existing Parkland and also into the Microbiology Lab that will remain on the ground floor of current facility until the summer of 2016. The lab also will have express stations when it moves to the new logistics building in summer 2016.

“What this all means is that the system and its integrated technology will greatly improve efficiency, speed, capacity and accuracy, and these result in increased safety, comfort and care for our patients,” Jones said.

But medicines, lab samples and other clinical material aren’t the only items speeding through pneumatic tubes at new Parkland. A separate TransVac system will be used to remove soiled linen and trash from the facility. TransVac is the name of the company that provides automated trash, recycling and soiled linen collection and transport systems. TransVac tubes will transport trash and soiled linen from the new hospital to the logistics building just west of the new acute care facility. The soiled linen will then be taken to the current laundry department in the existing hospital.

“These TransVac tubes will remove clutter from the hospital in areas normally processed by manual resources for waste removal, including people and trash carts. Doing that immediately improves facility aesthetics and patient safety,” said Lou Saksen, Senior Vice President of New Parkland Construction.

Trash and soiled linen loading stations have been installed throughout the hospital to enhance operational efficiency and support the hospital's infection prevention initiatives.

For more information about new Parkland hospital, visit www.parklandhospital.com.
The current Parkland Memorial Hospital and the new Parkland are connected by more than a pedestrian bridge. Tens of thousands of feet of high-tech pneumatic tubing will soon zip vital materials – from lab samples to medications – throughout the new hospital campus as well as to the current facility at lightning speed ­­­­– as fast as 60 miles per hour.
Eleven U.S. Schools Each Receive HeartSine AED Package as Winners of SCA Poster Contest

SCA, gave all U.S. elementary, middle, and high schools the opportunity to receive a defibrillator package, which could be placed on school grounds or school buses, or be available during sporting events.

In order to qualify, students had to create one poster from each school that addressed one or more of these SCA topics: symptoms of SCA, surviving SCA, and preparing for SCA. Posters were judged on school teamwork, design originality, visual appeal, and SCA awareness message clarity. Each poster was required to be created entirely by the students attending the school, without any adult assistance.

“School is the ideal place to build awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, which is the leading cause of death on school property in the U.S.,” says Rene’ Williams, HeartSine’s Director of Global Marketing. “By educating our young, soon we’ll have an entire generation of people prepared and willing to come to the aid of a SCA victims. Groups like Project ADAM are making great strides in educating the public about SCA and the need for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and AEDs.”

The response to the contest was tremendously encouraging. Students and faculty members across the
country created innovative posters that truly recognized the importance of an AED, as many of the
posters stressed the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest and the significance of housing AEDs on school
property and at sporting events.

“Project ADAM is committed to raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the importance of AEDs
and emergency action plans in schools,” says Allison Thompson, Project ADAM Administrator. “We are
grateful to have partnered with HeartSine Technologies on this campaign, as it is crucial to give our
youth and schools the tools and knowledge required to save a life.”

HeartSine and Project ADAM awarded 11 complete CPR/AED packages that include a HeartSine
samaritan PAD 350P AED with carrying case and Pad-Pak™, a wall case, and CPR and AED training for up
to 12 people at each school.

HeartSine and Project ADAM congratulate the following 11 schools that were selected to receive a
HeartSine AED package:

 Castleberry High School – Fort Worth, TX
 Huntland School – Huntland, TN
 Inderkum High School – Natomas, CA
 James Lowell Elementary School – Philadelphia, PA
 Mountainside Middle School – Colbert, WA
 Oliver Springs Middle School – Oliver Springs, TN
 Riverside Elementary – Battle Creek, MI
 South Hall Middle School – Flowery Branch, GA
 Warren G. Harding Middle School – Philadelphia, PA
 Woodlands School East Elementary School – Milwaukee, WI
 Woodlands School West Middle School – Milwaukee, WI
The 11 winning photos can be seen at http://heartsine.com/postercontest/

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA): Sudden Cardiac Arrest happens to people of all ages, including children. It is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, causing blood to stop flowing to the brain and other Eleven U.S. Schools Each Receive HeartSine AED Package as Winners of SCA Poster Contest
vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it's not treated within minutes. CPR alone will not restart the
heart, so the American Heart Association and ERC recommend CPR combined with early defibrillation
(within three to five minutes) for the best outcome.

SCA claims more than seven million lives annually. It occurs abruptly and without warning, with 84 percent of SCA events occurring outside of the healthcare setting.

About HeartSine Technologies: HeartSine Technologies, a world leader in personal and public access defibrillators, advances the deployment of life-saving defibrillation therapy for the treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in nontraditional areas of care.

Designed for use in public areas, the company’s entire line of Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
products leverages its proprietary, clinically advanced SCOPE technology to optimize the administration
of life-saving treatment.

The company’s flagship product line, the HeartSine samaritan PAD (Public Access Defibrillator), is IP56
rated for durability and exceptional reliability to meet the unique environmental demands of public use.
Its industry-leading warranty and innovative battery/electrode Pad-Pak combine to give the samaritan
PAD defibrillators the lowest total cost of ownership. HeartSine is active in over 70 countries worldwide
in a wide range of environments, including commercial aircraft, military and shipping facilities,
manufacturing plants, offices, schools and sports clubs.

HeartSine is based in Newtown, Pennsylvania and Belfast, Northern Ireland. To learn how a HeartSine
AED can save lives, please visit www.heartsine.com and follow HeartSine on Facebook and Twitter.
About Project ADAM

Project ADAM began in 1999 after a series of sudden deaths among high school athletes in southeastern
Wisconsin. Many of these deaths appear due to ventricular fibrillation, a condition in which the
ventricles cannot pump blood into the body.

After Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, WI, high school student collapsed and died while playing
basketball, Adam's parents — Patty Lemel and Joe Lemel — along with David Ellis, a childhood friend of
Adam's, collaborated with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to create this program in Adam's memory.
The project helps schools in Wisconsin and across the nation implement programs to make automated
external defibrillators (AEDs) available. Our programs also aim to support schools in being prepared for a
cardiac emergency through staff CPR and AED training, student CPR education, fundraising ideas and
support and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) awareness education for students, staff and families. An AED is
a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac

Visit http://projectadam.com to learn more
Eleven schools across the United States each have been awarded a HeartSine Automated External Defibrillator (AED) package as winners of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) poster contest sponsored by Project ADAM and HeartSine Technologies. 

The poster contest, which was part of an important initiative to raise awareness of
Delayed Cord Clamping Benefits Preemies, Says Large-Scale Research

The research, to be published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that waiting 45 seconds before clamping the umbilical cord reduces a preemie’s risk of bleeding in the brain. Cord blood, packed with vital stem cells and immunoglobulins, pumped seconds after birth can help the child’s body repair itself naturally, the research found. 

Effects of Waiting Were Clear
Throughout history, our ancestors understood the nutrient-rich nature of the umbilical cord and of leaving babies attached to the placenta minutes beyond birth. Some mammals, such as chimpanzees, leave the cord attached for days after delivery, while other animals slowly chew it off. Baylor’s research links modern medicine to those animal instincts.

In the large-scale study, investigators reviewed 148 very preterm infants (less than 32 weeks’ gestation), which were a mix of historic and current cases at Baylor. When comparing infants who were immediately removed from the placenta and had the cord cut with those who had the 45-second delay, the effects of waiting were evident.

“We were impressed by the overall results, especially the significant reduction in intraventricular hemorrhage [bleeding in the brain] by almost 50 percent,” said Arpitha Chiruvolu, MD, FAAP, the principal investigator for the study. “There were no adverse effects, and significantly fewer babies who got delayed cord clamping were intubated in the delivery room.”

In addition to reducing cranial bleeding, which is a leading cause of premature infant death, delayed cord clamping also reduced early red blood cell transfusions, a technique used for blood loss, iron deficiency and anemia. In non-control babies, physicians followed strict protocol for delayed clamping.

“There Should Be No Hesitation”
Delayed cord clamping has become more popular in full-term infants, but its application to premature babies was previously unclear, mostly because doctors weren’t sure if leaving preemies in the placenta could make things worse. This was despite the fact that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists endorsed 30- to 60-second delays for all babies in 2012.

“When we were reviewing literature on delayed cord clamping, we found that it might be associated with good outcomes in preterm [infants], but a large number of hospitals do not have a consistent policy,” said Dr. Chiruvolu, a neonatologist on staff at Baylor University Medical Center and quality director for Baylor’s NICU. “Still, delayed cord clamping is not widely practiced due to the concern of delaying resuscitation in this vulnerable population.”

Previous studies mostly involved fewer participants. Given the large size of Baylor’s study, the results could give delayed clamping the evidence-based support it needs to become more mainstream.

“This study shows that by coordination between departments of obstetrics and neonatology, strict protocol can be rolled out and consistent performance of delayed cord clamping can lead to good outcomes in preterm [infants] without adverse effects,” Dr. Chiruvolu said.

Delaying clamping isn’t recommended in all cases, however. Delays longer than a minute have been linked with neonatal jaundice—which requires onsite phototherapy—and some infants born with breathing problems need immediate cord cutting and resuscitation.

Barring such special circumstances, though, delayed cord cutting is a viable option.

“There should be no hesitation in performing delayed cord clamping in very preterm [infants],” Dr. Chiruvolu said.

About Baylor Research Institute: Established in 1984 in Dallas, Texas, Baylor Research Institute (BRI) promotes and supports research to bring innovative treatments from the laboratory workbench to the patient bedside. To achieve this bench-to-bedside concept, BRI focuses on basic science, clinical trials, health care effectiveness and quality of care research. Today, BRI is conducting more than 900 active research protocols with 350 research investigators, spanning more than 20 medical specialties, and has research and development projects in areas ranging from human immunology and orphan metabolic diseases to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and many other unmet medical needs. Its precision medicine arm offers a unique platform for identifying micro-array-based fingerprint signatures. The Baylor Health Care System offers to its research affiliate unique access to one of the largest patient bases potentially available for research in the US within a single institution. BRI has received full accreditation from AAHRPP.

About Baylor Scott & White Health: Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is today the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas.  With total assets of $8.6 billion* and serving a geographic area larger than the state of Maine, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 46 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 36,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan. For More Information visit: www.BaylorScottandWhite.com
Allowing mom and baby to stay physically attached for just a few seconds longer could save that newborn’s life, says new research from Baylor University Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Joint Venture Opens Texas Rehabilitation Hospital in Arlington
Partnership to Help Improve Patients Quality of life and Function

The $15.8 million, 46,449 square-foot facility is located at 900 W. Arbrook near Matlock Road and Interstate 20. The Texas Rehabilitation hospital is focused on improving a patient’s mobility, self-care, communication and social skills. Rehabilitation programs at this hospital provide care and help patients cope with disabilities by addressing the patient’s physical, psychological, and environmental needs. Commonly treated conditions include stroke, brain, and spinal cord injury, amputations, orthopedic injuries and other neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.

“We are happy to have this new innovative rehab facility close to our hospital and the communities we serve,” said John Phillips, FACHE, president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. “We have the privilege and opportunity to make a positive change in a patient’s life after they have gone through a drastic adverse event and help patient’s recover.”

Earl Swensson Associates Inc. designed the rehab hospital, and TS Bryne was the general contractor.

“This collaborative effort will allow us to provide quality, inpatient rehabilitation services to more patients in Arlington and the surrounding communities,” said Barclay Berdan, FACHE, CEO, Texas Health Resources. “By working cohesively and pooling together valuable health resources, we can build an even stronger health network to care for North Texans for many years to come. We want individuals to complete their rehab knowing they have the necessary tools to manage their own wellbeing.”

To be designated as an acute rehabilitation hospital, a facility must meet Medicare guidelines of providing at least three hours of therapy, five days a week. Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Arlington will offer that, and more.

Russ Bailey, TRF chief executive officer, said the facility expects to treat hundreds of patients in 2015.

The rehab hospital offers many options for patient rehabilitation. There is an apartment where patients can practice daily living skills before they return home. There is also an outdoor healing garden and walking trail where patients encounter different walking surfaces like grass and gravel to assist in rehabilitation.

Strategically located between Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, the new facility will employ approximately 150 people.

Visit texasrehabarlington.com to learn more about Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Arlington.

About Methodist Health System: Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Dallas-based Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated health care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Four hospitals and 27 Methodist Family Health Centers and Medical Groups are among the facilities served by the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the fastest-growing health systems in America, Methodist continues to add facilities and services to enhance patient care along the entire continuum. Additional information is available at MethodistHealthSystem.org. Connect through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter at MethodistHealthSystem.org/SocialMedia.

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, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley Hospitals, 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.
About Kindred Healthcare: Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a top-85 private employer in the United States, is a FORTUNE 500 healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of approximately $7.2 billion(1). At March 31, 2015, Kindred through its subsidiaries had approximately 102,600 employees providing healthcare services in 2,787 locations in 47 states, including 97 transitional care hospitals, 16 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 90 nursing centers, 21 sub-acute units, 664 Kindred at Home home health, hospice and non-medical home care sites of service, 100 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based) and a contract rehabilitation services business, RehabCare, which served 1,799 non-affiliated sites of service. Ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Healthcare Companies for six years, Kindred’s mission is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and shareholder we serve. For more information, go to www.kindredhealthcare.com. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Officials from Texas Health Resources, Methodist Health System and Kindred joined together to open a 40-bed freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital today in Arlington.  The long-term rehabilitation hospital will help improve function and quality of life for many patients close to home in Tarrant County.
Parkland burn expert emphasizes fireworks safety as July 4th approaches
Keep Independence Day celebration from turning tragic

and July 22, an average of more than 240 people injured daily. Children less than 15 years of age made up 30 percent of those hurt. The risk for fireworks injury was highest for young people 15-24, followed by children younger than 10.

Sparklers and bottle rockets – items that some people may not think of as hazardous – actually accounted for 25 percent of emergency room fireworks visits.

Sue Vanek, RN, Burn Program Manager at Parkland Memorial Hospital, noted that while the number of patients injured by fireworks around July 4th and admitted to the Parkland Burn Center is not high, their injuries usually are severe enough to require surgery or skin grafts.

“We continue to see people come in each year around the Fourth of July with serious injuries, particularly to their hands, fingers or faces,” Vanek said. “That’s because fireworks and sparklers produce a lot of heat; the tip of a sparkler burns at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to produce third-degree burns. That’s 300 degrees hotter than the temperature at which glass melts.”

Experts stress their primary message: leave the fireworks to professionals.

But if you or someone around you is using them, following a few safety tips can keep your Fourth of July celebration from turning tragic.
Observe all local laws related to the use of fireworks
Closely supervise teens who are using fireworks
Never let small children near fireworks
Do not wear loose clothing
Do not light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
Do not immediately pick up an exploded firework; leave it for at least 20 minutes and then douse with water
Always have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby
If someone is burned by fireworks, they should seek immediate medical attention. Burn centers like the one at Parkland are uniquely prepared to deal with severe burns.

“Many people don’t know we have a burn center at Parkland, but our Regional Burn Center serves a geographic area of more than 100,000 square miles, including north and east Texas and southern Oklahoma,” Vanek said. More than 800 pediatric and adult burn patients were admitted to the hospital in 2014 for inpatient care and the center had more than 3,500 outpatient visits.

Established in 1962, Parkland’s Burn Center is the second largest civilian burn center in the country. The center houses a Burn Intensive Care Unit, a Burn Acute Care Unit and a Burn Care Outpatient Center. For more information about the Burn Center, visit www.parklandhospital.com/burnunit
With Independence Day just around the corner, experts want to make sure you and your family stay safe if fireworks are part of your celebration.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2013 eight people died and 11,400 were hurt seriously enough to require medical attention because of fireworks-related injuries. About 7,400 of those injuries occurred during the one-month period between June 22
Introducing the New Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving
Irving hospital takes new name, renews commitment to the community

“Today marks a new chapter for the patients of our community,” said Cindy Schamp, president of Baylor Scott & White - Irving. “We have had the opportunity to serve this community since 1964 first as Irving Community Hospital and as Baylor Medical Center at Irving since 1995. We can now draw on the expanded resources, advanced technologies and expertise of the Baylor Scott & White Health system – the result of the combination of two preeminent health organizations, both with outstanding reputations.”

Baylor Scott & White – Irving is a 296-bed hospital located at MacArthur and State Highway 183.  The hospital celebrated 50 years of service to the community in 2014.The new name also comes with a new look. The hospital recently invested more than $37 million to expand and enhance the campus.

“We at Baylor Scott & White Health are proud to have deep roots here in Texas, with facilities like Irving that are cornerstones of the communities they have served for decades,” said Joel Allison, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health. “But we are equally excited about the future. Every Baylor Scott & White sign that goes up, including this one, takes us one step closer to our goal of creating a new, exemplary health system to serve as a model for others around the country to follow.”

The not-for-profit health system, today the largest in Texas, plans to rename all of its 49 hospitals over time in a fiscally responsible way.

About Baylor Scott & White Health: Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is today the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $9 billion* and serving a population larger than the state of Virginia, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 49 hospitals, more than 800 access points, more than 5,800 active physicians, 35,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.
Baylor Scott & White Health announces the first name change of an existing hospital in its North Texas division.  Baylor Medical Center at Irving is now Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving.  The hospital’s external signage changed in late May.
100 Year-old Patient Receives New Aortic Heart Valve Without Incision
One of handful of centenarians nationwide to undergo procedure

Now medical science has given Edens a medical treatment undreamed of in 1914.

On Wednesday, May 27, Edens underwent a transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure (TAVR), an advanced cardiac technology that allows physicians to replace the aortic heart valve without making any incisions. To date, she is the oldest patient to receive this procedure at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and is one of a handful of centenarians in the country to have a TAVR procedure.

“The operative word is transcatheter,” explains David Brown, MD, interventional cardiologist on the medical staff and president of the medical staff, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. “This is the first time you can replace the aortic heart valve with no incision.  The valve is inserted through a needle stick in the femoral artery. The entire procedure can be completed with no incisions on the chest, no incisions anywhere.”

As some people age, their aortic valve narrows. The valve opening, where blood is pumped through, goes from the size of a silver dollar to the size of a pencil. This condition, known as aortic stenosis, affects up to 7 percent of the U.S. population over age 65.

“When the valve narrows, blood flow to the body’s organs decreases,” explains Dr. Brown. “So the body is not getting adequate blood or oxygenation. Patients get fatigued. Eventually they become short of breath and have no exercise capacity.” They can develop chest pain or pass out. Patients may progress to congestive heart failure.

Until age 97, Edens managed her home in Tulsa, Okla., drove to the grocery store, played bridge and maintained an active life. Now living with her children, she still stays busy. “I work puzzles and things like that,” Helen said. “I like to walk out and around the block. I used to be pretty athletic. I belonged to the local YMCA and liked basketball.” She played forward on the YMCA adult women’s team in Tulsa. Older patients, such as Edens, benefit from TAVR technology, which typically means shorter time in the operating room, less anesthesia and less time in the hospital post-procedure.

About TAVR: This minimally invasive surgical procedure repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, it wedges a replacement valve into the aortic valve’s place. The surgery is called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The first percutaneous aortic valve replacement was performed at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in the Edwards US Pivotal Aortic Stent Valve PARTNER Trial. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital continue to pursue research into new cardiac procedures through Baylor Research Institute. Learn more at www.baylorhealth.edu/research

About The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano: The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, joint ownership with physicians, is a free-standing, full service hospital in North Texas dedicated solely to heart and vascular health care. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano opened its doors to the Plano, Texas community in January 2007 and, since then, has risen to the top of the cardiovascular surgical arena, now ranking in the Top 10 in the nation for its cardiac surgery program. For more information about The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, visit: www.thehearthospitalbaylor.com

About Baylor Scott & White Health: Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is today the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $9 billion* and serving a population larger than the state of Virginia, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 49 hospitals, more than 800 access points, more than 5,800 active physicians, 35,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan. For more information visit: BaylorScottandWhite.com
At age 100, Helen Edens has seen the world change. Born Aug. 22, 1914, Edens recalls childhood memories of horse-drawn carts bringing ice blocks to her family’s home refrigerator and her father starting the hand-cranked car.
Peer navigators aid Parkland mental health patients on road to recovery
Life experiences help former patients build bridges, inspire hope

mental health issues at Parkland Health & Hospital System.

Launched in May 2014, the Peer Recovery Navigators Program at Parkland now employs five full-time Peer Recovery Specialists, also known as peer navigators, who are in recovery from their own struggles with substance use or mental health problems, to assist patients diagnosed with these conditions. To date, four have completed state certification. The Parkland program also includes a clinical pharmacist and a social worker.

In Parkland’s main and psychiatric emergency departments, the peer navigators meet with patients who have been identified with possible mental health or substance use problems while they are waiting to be seen by a clinician. In addition to helping patients feel more at ease by offering support and sharing their stories of recovery, the navigators provide information about the Peer Recovery Navigation Program at Parkland.

Once patients enroll in the program and are discharged from the hospital, the navigators call them weekly, providing recovery support, referrals to the pharmacist for medication needs or to the social worker for housing and transportation challenges or other social issues, and information about other available community resources. The peer navigators also co-lead recovery support groups on Parkland’s psychiatric inpatient unit twice weekly. So far in FY 2015, Parkland has enrolled more than 1,200 patients in the program, with a goal of reaching 1,800 patients by Sept. 30.

“Peer navigation programs are a new concept in the healthcare industry. We were convinced that peer navigators would be invaluable in helping our patients receive the care they deserve,” said LaShan Davis, RN, Director of Care Management at Parkland.

Medical research supports the fact that individuals are more open and comfortable talking to someone who has had like experiences. Medicaid programs began to embrace peer support for people living with mental illness about 10 years ago. Parkland is eligible to receive funding for the Peer Recovery Program through the 1115 Waiver as long as milestones continue to be met.

“It’s so much easier to listen to someone who has been in your shoes and can understand what you are experiencing,” said Celeste Johnson, DNP, APRN, PMH CNS, Director of Nursing, Psychiatric Services at Parkland. “Peer navigators have experienced depression, anxiety, substance use or other mental health issues, so they know the challenges. Patients trust them because they’ve ‘been there, done that’.”

Designated as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, July is a time for building trust within diverse communities about mental health needs of minority groups.

The majority of Parkland’s mental health patients are members of ethnic minorities, groups who traditionally face barriers in getting the help they need. Parkland’s peer navigators also are members of minority groups – four are African-American and one is Hispanic, enabling them to bridge some of the cultural barriers that are known to hinder minority groups from obtaining mental health services they may require.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “Ethnic minorities tend to be disenfranchised in the field of mental health. Even more, they also tend to avoid mental health services for fear of being racially profiled against, misunderstood, diagnosed incorrectly, ignored, treated indifferently, or due to trust issues.”

Shalonda Hill, 44, one of Parkland’s Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists, struggled with depression as a teen, using alcohol to cope with the difficulties in her life. At age 17, she learned she was pregnant and had to leave high school to go to work to provide for her son. Her cycle of alcohol dependence continued until her early twenties, when she turned to her church for help. There she found support to make her own recovery and to “stay alcohol and depression free,” she said.

She completed her high school degree, then earned an associate degree as a substance abuse counselor and certified medical assistant before becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist.

“I’ve dedicated my life to helping others find and maintain recovery,” she said.

Another Parkland Peer Specialist, Daniel Melendez, 57, spent 20 years in high-functioning jobs, successfully hiding his meth addiction.

“There was no alcohol or drugs in my family growing up. But addiction doesn’t discriminate,” he said. “In my teens I experimented with drugs and quickly got hooked. Addiction ruled my life. I finally got help and was able to shake it at age 38. I’ve been clean and sober for almost 20 years.”

“I can’t wait to come to work at Parkland each morning,” Melendez said. “What an awesome privilege it is to be able to lead others into recovery.”

“Helping others has always been my passion and I will always be grateful to the ones that took a chance to help me find my way,” Hill said.

“All of our peer navigators came through it and are in recovery,” said Davis. “Patients think, ‘if they can do it, maybe I can, too.’ They’re a living symbol of hope and possibility. They open doors in our patient’s hearts.”

For more information about Parkland services, please visit www.parklandhospital.com
As a volunteer tending injured soldiers during the Civil War in a Washington, D.C. hospital, poet Walt Whitman wrote, “I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.”

That kind of powerful empathy is what inspires a new program helping patients with addiction or