Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is among six health care facilities nationwide — and the only one in Texas — honored with the 2013 Premier AEIX Risk Management Award for enhancing the quality of patient care.

Texas Health Dallas Recognized for Patient Safety in National Performance Project

Cynthia Ekes (left), Debbie Kelp (center) and Cole Edmonson.
Cynthia Ekes (left), Debbie Kelp (center) and Cole Edmonson.

The award was presented to the professional nursing staff and nurse leaders by Premier healthcare alliance for a project to prevent pressure ulcers, which reduced costs and enhanced patient safety. The project resulted in no pressure ulcers during time of assessment.

“I am proud of the hospital’s achievement in enhancing the quality of care for our patients,” said Britt Berrett, Ph.D., president at Texas Health Dallas. “This award is exciting for all the clinicians and employees here who come to work every day to improve the lives of the people in our community.”

Texas Health Dallas representatives honored at Premier’s 2013 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition included Cole Edmonson, D.N.P., R.N., FACHE, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer; Debbie Kelp, R.N., a clinical nurse in the hospital’s emergency department; and Cynthia Ekes, B.S.N., MA, R.N., NEA-BC, director of acute medical nursing.

As part of the annual conference held in June in San Antonio, they joined a select group of presenters from across the country to share their nurse-led project award-winning project.

“I’m honored to practice with an exemplary team of nurses, physicians on the hospital’s medical staff and other health care professionals who together designed and implemented this innovative program at the bedside,” Edmonson said. “This award is confirmation that we’re bringing to fruition the Future of Nursing Report by the Institute of Medicine that recommends nurses lead change and advance health.”

Premier is a national performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals and 84,000 health care sites that collaborate to learn best practices to for high quality, cost-effective care. Ninety-three hospitals and outpatient facilities were eligible for the award.

“Our participation in this program has given us an opportunity to see how we compare against other health facilities in the nation,” said Joan Clark, D.N.P., R.N., NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, senior vice president and chief nursing executive for Texas Health Resources, a parent organization of Texas Health Dallas. “This recognition is one example of how Texas Health hospitals are constantly raising the bar for the quality of care we provide to the communities we serve.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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