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Happy anniversary WRMC

Weatherford Regional Medical Center
Weatherford Regional Medical Center Weatherford Star-Telegram

It’s been said that progress is impossible without change. For Weatherford Regional Medical Center - (WRMC), they’ve been doing just that - progressing. Come Friday, the only full service hospital in Parker County, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary known for its change and the extraordinary effort its made in facility improvements and services, growth, physician specialist and quality performance.

In fact, since 2006 WRMC, one of Parker County’s largest employers, has grown its numbers of employees from 412 to 611 in 2016. During that time the numbers of surgeries performed have grown from 4,707 to more than 12,000. Child deliveries increased by more than 250, from 602 to 872; and outpatient visits skyrocketed from 64,352 to 85,432. WRMC even added 67 new physicians.

Just recently the hospital was recognized as one of 904 hospitals by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the U.S. to earn 4-Star Rating out of more than 4,500 hospitals across the country.

“WRMC has invested in its facilities, recruited dozens of additional specialists, brought more primary care physicians to the market, and built a culture of quality care that is being noticed by our patients and measurably reported to the public,” said hospital CEO, David Orcutt.

Weatherford Regional exceeded the national average in timeliness of care for maintaining emergency room wait times below the national average. WRMC also exceeded the national average for performance by lowering hospital re-admissions.

Top performers

If that’s not enough, WRMC has been nationally recognized as Top Performer for five consecutive years on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the Commission’s stringent measurements for exemplary patient care.

Only 1,224 – or approximately one-third – of eligible United States hospitals achieved this distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in certain clinical measures. The prestigious honor was released in the Commission’s annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.”

“This honor means that our community can turn to Weatherford Regional Medical Center with confidence, knowing that we strive to provide excellent care every day,” said Orcutt. “Following evidence-based clinical protocols close to 100 percent of the time is not an easy goal to reach, but one that has been achieved through the dedication of our physicians, nurses and other caregivers.”

Top Performers are recognized each year for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

WRMC is one of just 147 hospitals to have achieved this accomplishment for five consecutive years. It was recognized in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 for its performance on accountability measure data for Heart Attack, Pneumonia and Surgical.

“We are proud of our physicians and clinical staff for their hard work to provide safe, effective care across the hospital,” said Donna Boone, Chief Nursing Officer, at WRMC. “The Joint Commission’s recognition of our efforts is very gratifying for our entire team.”

To be a Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on accountability measure data, including:

• Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

• Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and

• Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

Improvements

In 2015 WRMC announced the addition of the emergent cardiac care unit.

When it came to taking care of patients experiencing a heart attack the goal is to treat them quickly to restore blood flow to the heart, ultimately saving heart muscle. In the past, residents of Parker County and surrounding areas suffering from a heart attack were transferred to Fort Worth for emergent cardiac catheterization, since the service was not available in the county. Due to the 45-60 minute drive to Fort Worth treatment was prolonged. Now, there is no need for transfer and patients can be treated in Weatherford.

A team of nurses and physicians are on-call 24/7 to provide the highest quality of care.

The team includes five interventional cardiologists- G.R. Reddy, M.D. George Khammar, M.D., Amir Malik, M.D., Farhan Ali , M.D., Dennis Doan, M.D., are standing by to meet the needs of the community. Current partnerships with LifeCare and EMS entities across the surrounding areas will enable WRMC Emergency Department and the Heart and Vascular Center team to identify patients and diagnose acute cardiac needs prior to arrival to the medical center.

WRMC also announced that it received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

▪ WRMC also entered into partnership with Solis Mammography to help better serve Weatherford community.

Solis Mammography offers comprehensive breast imaging services including: 3D mammography, bone densitometry exams, ultrasounds, and biopsies - onsite.

“Given its outstanding reputation for specialized care in breast health, we were delighted to partner with Solis, to bring their in-depth services to Parker County,” Orcutt said.

▪ WRMC and Weatherford Imaging Center also offer imaging services and their board certified, on-site radiologists provide quick turn-around times. Providers are available for any questions and are able to assist with any medical emergency or uncertainty that may arise. The radiologists are affiliated with Radiology Associates, and many fellowship-trained physicians are available for specialty reads in pediatrics, musculoskeletal, neurology, breast imaging and many more.

Services include: Bone Densitometry – a test used to measure the density of the spine, hip and other bones; Computerized Tomography (CT) – a test that creates detailed images of the body’s internal organs using X-rays with computer technology; Fluoroscopy (BEs, UGIs) – a test that allows physicians to study the flow and motion in patients and creates images of dynamic processes, such as throat abnormalities; Mammography – An x-ray of the breast, mammography is used to look for breast disease in both women and men.

MRI – a procedure that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create cross-sectional images of the head, body, muscles and blood flow; Nuclear Medicine – procedures that use tiny amounts of radioactive materials to perform heart studies and diagnose bone cancer, bone infections and stress fractures; Ultrasound – a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to evaluate organs in the body and commonly used to examine fetal development.

▪ For seniors WRMC has established a Senior Behavioral Health Unit.

The Senior Behavioral Health at WRMC is a 12-bed, inpatient care unit serving adults 55 years of age or older who seek behavioral health services and require a short inpatient stay. Treatment is available for a variety of conditions including, but not limited to depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder and anxiety.

The unit is designed to treat patients and educate families to better manage their conditions and ongoing recovery by developing healthier coping skills and creating a safe and secure follow-up plan following discharge care.

▪ Wound Care has always been a priority to WRMC. Chronic, non-healing wounds, those that haven’t shown signs of improvement in several weeks or are not responding to typical treatments, need extra help to heal. Difficult wounds of this type are often caused by injury, disease or poor blood supply. WRMC provides specialized treatment for these types of wounds.

Chronic, non-healing wounds, those that haven’t shown signs of improvement in several weeks or are not responding to typical treatments, need extra help to heal. Difficult wounds of this type are often caused by injury, disease or poor blood supply. The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at WRMC provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy and specialized treatments for these types of wounds.

The wound care center specializes in:

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO); Biological skin substitutes; Proven clinical protocols; Negative pressure therapy; Surgical and sharp debridement; Transcutaneous oxygen measurement; Comprehensive wound assessment and ongoing care by specially trained clinicians and staff, including a case manager who will oversee every aspect of your treatment; Topical dressings; Ongoing communication and collaboration with you and your doctor; Education for you and your family to help healing happen at home; IV antibiotic management; Total Contact Casting (TCC)

Indications for Wound Care: Diabetic Wounds; Non-healing Surgical Wounds; Pressure Ulcers; Complex Soft Tissue Wounds; Venous Stasis Ulcers; Traumatic Wounds; Arterial Ulcers; Infected Wounds; Vasculitic Ulcers

Specialists

WRMC offers a variety of specialist including: anesthesiologist, cardiology, dental surgeons, dermatology, emergency physicians, endocrinology, family medicine, gastroenterology, general surgery, hospitals, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, OB/Gyn, Ophthalmology, orthopedic, pain management, pediatricians, podiatry, pulmonology, rheumatology, sport medicine, urology, wound care and more.

WRMC’s mission over the years has been simple. They are committed to keeping quality care - close to home.

Lance Winter: 817-594-9902, Ext. 102,

Twitter: @LanceWinter

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