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Posts published in “Day: July 19, 2012

San Jac hospital receives Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

BAYTOWN – (July 10, 2012) – San Jacinto Methodist Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the second consecutive year.

The hospital received the Silver Achievement Award in 2010 and the Bronze Achievement Award in 2009.

The award recognizes San Jacinto Methodist’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

To receive the award, SJMH achieved of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates San Jacinto Methodist Hospital’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Donna Gares, president and CEO of San Jacinto Methodist. “We are honored to have received the Gold Plus award for two consecutive years, and will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients.”

“San Jacinto Methodist Hospital is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

San Jacinto Methodist Hospital has also committed to having the best possible outcomes for victims of in-hospital cardiac arrest by participating in the American Heart Association’s latest Get With The Guidelines module, GWTG- Resuscitation.

The goal of this program is to help hospital teams save more lives threatened by cardiopulmonary emergencies through consistent application of the most up-to-date scientific guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation. For more information on services offered at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, call 832-556-6543.

New principal assigned to Crosby High School

By Dr. Robert G. Tatman

Greg Bower from Corsicana ISD is the new principal of Crosby High School for the 2012-2013 school year.

Mr. Bower has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas-Tyler where he majored in history, and a master’s degree from UT-Tyler. He holds a Principal certification from Texas A & M at Commerce as well as a Superintendent certification from UT-Tyler.

During his first teaching experience, Mr. Bower taught English and history in Scurry-Rosser ISD. At Sam Houston Middle School in Garland, Texas, he gained experience as a middle school English and history teacher and English department chair. During his tenure at South Garland High School, Mr. Bower served as an English instructor and as an English TAKS coordinator. At Corsicana High School Mr. Bower served as Assistant Principal, Associate Principal and three years as the Principal.

Under his leadership at Corsicana High School, the school earned Recognized Status with the state and also met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) federal requirements for the first and only time in the school’s history.

Principal Bower has earned many awards and recognitions in the educational field. As a teacher at Sam Houston Middle School, Mr. Bower was named the Newcomer of the Year, and in his second year was honored as the Teacher of the Year. Mr. Bower was also named

Newcomer of the Year at South Garland High School. As principal of Corsicana High School, he and his team decreased violence by 300% and began closing the achievement gap between struggling, at-risk students and those academically successful. Also, while principal at Corsicana High School, he was one of the Region 12 Educational Service Center’s Principal of the Year finalists.

Mr. Bower’s wife of 18 years is Melissa, and he has one child, a seven-year-old boy named Dakota Zane. Crosby ISD welcomes Greg and his family to the district and the Crosby community, and looks forward with great anticipation to another great year at Crosby High School.