The first babies born at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance were treated to a cake smash at the hospital’s one year birthday celebration.More than 100 people attended the Sept. 19 event, at 10864 Texas Health Trail near Interstate 35W in north Fort Worth.Since opening day one year ago, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance has cared for more than 24,000 patients in the emergency department, physicians performed 800 surgeries and 700 babies were delivered, said Melissa Smart, hospital spokeswoman.The hospital added more than 200 new employees in the last year, now employing about 425 full- and part-time employees.The hospital provides area companies with business health services such as on-site clinicians and also works with the Northwest Independent School District to provide learning and volunteer opportunities for students interested in pursuing medical careers.“Texas Health Alliance was designed and built for our unique area, and we want everyone in the Alliance area to know that we embrace the spirit of our community,” said Winjie Tang Miao, president of Texas Health Alliance, via a news release. “In the past year we have partnered with organizations that make our community thrive – schools, small businesses, faith communities and other non-profits. We know that it takes working together as a team to increase the health and well-being in our community.”Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance is a 50-bed, multiservice hospital offering acute care and wellness programs.The hospital uses real-time, integrated tracking devices placed on equipment, patients and staff.Patients are tracked via a device on their wristband, which lets family members who arrive to find an empty room know where the patient is located.The integrated technology also saves time when patients arrive via ambulance.When an ambulance arrives, emergency crews view a big-screen TV monitor in the entryway to the emergency department that lets them know what room to take the patient. A touch of a button then notifies the medic nurse, the patient's nurse and a registration official that the patient is en route to the room.Bedside technology includes touch screen monitors with movies, music, menus, patient charts, Internet access and a web cam. Patients can call for a nurse, watch an educational video or order room service all with the touch of a finger.
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