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North Richland Hills – The neurological medical surgical unit at Medical City North Hills has been recognized as a Unit of Distinction Honoree in an annual program that recognizes and rewards exemplary patient care within the entire HCA Healthcare system, Medical City Healthcare’s parent company.

The neurological medical surgical nursing staff at Medical City North Hills, led by unit manager and registered nurse Luisana Sosa, was ranked in the top 5% of medical surgical units recognized nationwide as a 2022 Unit of Distinction honoree.

The “Unit of Distinction” designation is achieved through measurable, exemplary performance in the strategic areas of advocacy and leadership, staffing and care team support, education and academic partnerships, and professional practice. During 2021, approximately 2,000 HCA Healthcare nursing units participated in the Unit of Distinction program. Using specific criteria, nursing units are evaluated and scored based on performance.

“It’s an honor for our nurses to be recognized for their commitment to the care and improvement of human life,” Medical City North Hills Chief Nursing Officer, Kevin Inderhees, said. “I could not be more proud of our neurological medical surgical unit for collaborating to provide the most compassionate care that our patients, families and community deserve and expect."

About Medical City North Hills

Medical City North Hills is a 164 bed, acute care hospital located in North Richland Hills, Texas. With a medical team of more than 500 physicians, Medical City North Hills offers a broad range of services including a Level III Trauma Center, a full range of cardiovascular services, comprehensive orthopedic and spine programs, neurology program, graduate medical education program and an internal medicine residency clinic. Medical City North Hills is part of Medical City Healthcare.

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North Richland Hills – In response to the lowest nationwide blood supply in more than a decade, Medical City North Hills is encouraging the community to donate blood.

Partnering with the American Red Cross, Medical City North Hills is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, March 17. The Red Cross bus will be located in the hospital’s parking lot, 4401 Booth Calloway Road, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Community members may sign-up to donate online or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

“Blood products are vital to many of our patients,” says Debbie Dacy, director of laboratory services at Medical City North Hills. “The national blood crisis adds additional obstacles for patients in need of critical medical treatments. We urge the community to help create healthier tomorrows for these patients by donating blood.”

Multiple factors related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to the blood shortage, including blood drive cancellations due to illness and staffing limitations. The American Red Cross reports a 62% drop in college and high school blood drives due to the pandemic.

Every blood type is needed, especially types O positive and O negative, as well as platelet donations. Donors can help as many as three different people with just one donation. Individuals who may rely on blood products include trauma victims, cancer and sickle cell patients, mothers giving birth and premature babies.

Potential blood donors may volunteer at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds can give independently and there is no upper age limit for donors. People are also eligible to donate if they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine or had the virus and recovered. Learn more about donor eligibility guidelines here.

About Medical City North Hills

Medical City North Hills is a 164 bed, acute care hospital located in North Richland Hills, Texas. With a medical team of more than 500 physicians, Medical City North Hills offers a broad range of services including a Level III Trauma Center, full-range of cardiovascular services, comprehensive orthopedic and spine programs, neurology program, graduate medical education program and an internal medicine residency clinic. Medical City North Hills is part of Medical City Healthcare.

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North Richland Hills – During February Heart Month, Medical City North Hills is marking two important milestones for treating cardiac patients that require a higher level of care.

Medical City North Hills has earned its sixth recertification by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. According to The Joint Commission, the achievement signals exceptional efforts to provide high-quality care to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients. Many common heart disorders, including coronary artery disease, can significantly increase the risk of stroke.

In addition, Medical City North Hills has expanded services with the opening of an advanced operating suite that includes an all-digital, robot-guided vascular imaging system that can be used for complex and minimally invasive vascular procedures, cardiac catheterizations, electrophysiology and interventional radiology procedures. This new technology offers several benefits including:

  • Wider diameter mobile imaging unit, to allow for better angles to see every view of a patient’s arteries and blockages
  • The ability to operate from a variety of positions
  • Real-time imaging with customized radiation doses for each patient
  • A higher weight limit to accommodate bariatric patients, increasing the table’s maximum weight from 400lbs to 550lbs

“The recertification of Medical City North Hills as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and the addition of this leading-edge technology demonstrate our ongoing commitment to outstanding cardiology care,” says Mark Deno, CEO of Medical City North Hills. “The exceptional care our cardiology teams provide each patient is another reason Medical City North Hills is the destination of choice for heart care in our community.”

Medical City North Hills offers expert cardiovascular services to the northeast Tarrant County area. Learn more: http://medicalcitynorthhills.com/heart

About Medical City North Hills

Medical City North Hills is a 164 bed, acute care hospital located in North Richland Hills, Texas. With a medical team of more than 500 physicians, Medical City North Hills offers a broad range of services including a Level III Trauma Center, a full range of cardiovascular services, comprehensive orthopedic and spine programs, neurology program, graduate medical education program and an internal medicine residency clinic. Medical City North Hills is part of Medical City Healthcare.

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North Richland Hills – Medical City North Hills is 5-star rated for outcomes for hip fracture treatment, gastrointestinal surgeries and carotid procedures in the 2022 Specialty Care Ratings & Awards by Healthgrades, a leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. The analysis shows that patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition. 

“The 5-star rating from Healthgrades demonstrates our commitment to outstanding specialty care in every action, every patient, every time,” says Mark Deno, CEO of Medical City North Hills. “This recognition is further validation why Medical City North Hills is the destination of choice for healthcare excellence in North Richland Hills and Northeast Tarrant County.” 

“Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the differences of care provided by different hospitals. Consumers can feel confident that hospitals receiving a Healthgrades 5-star rating have demonstrated exceptional outcomes and their ability to provide quality care,” says Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer at Healthgrades.

Medical City North Hills is among nine Medical City Healthcare hospitals honored for outstanding specialty services, including Medical City Arlington, Medical City Children’s Hospital, Medical City Denton, Medical City Fort Worth, Medical City Las Colinas, Medical City Lewisville, Medical City McKinney and Medical City Plano.

View Healthgrades hospital quality awards and methodologies.

About Medical City North Hills

Medical City North Hills is a 164 bed, acute care hospital located in North Richland Hills, Texas. With a medical team of more than 500 physicians, Medical City North Hills offers a broad range of services including a Level III Trauma Center, full-range of cardiovascular services, comprehensive orthopedic and spine programs, neurology program, graduate medical education program and an internal medicine residency clinic. Medical City North Hills is part of Medical City Healthcare.

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North Richland Hills - Medical City North Hills is inviting the public to its first Spooktacular celebration on Saturday, October 30 from noon – 2:00 p.m.

The free, pandemic-friendly Halloween drive-through event enables guests to remain in their vehicles and trick-or-treat at themed booths set up by hospital colleagues. The event will also feature a costume contest for the kids, a DJ, a quick photo booth opportunity, vehicles from the North Richland Hills Fire Department and a hospital unit pumpkin decorating contest where the public gets to pick their favorite.  

The event is hosted during daylight hours, free from traffic and other potential nighttime hazards that may be present during traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. 

“We care for our community in many ways, even outside our hospital walls,” says Mark Deno, CEO of Medical City North Hills. “Spooktacular provides a fun, safe Halloween event for families to enjoy while also providing a respite for hospital colleagues who have been working tirelessly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

The drive-through will begin near the outpatient surgery entrance, located on the west side of the hospital at 4401 Booth Calloway Road, North Richland Hills, TX 76180. The entrance and exit points will be accessible from Rodger Line Road.  

This event is sponsored in part by the Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber of Commerce and the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce.

About Medical City North Hills

Medical City North Hills is a 164 bed, acute care hospital located in North Richland Hills, Texas. With a medical team of more than 500 physicians, Medical City North Hills offers a broad range of services including a Level III Trauma Center, full-range of cardiovascular services, comprehensive orthopedic and spine programs, neurology program, graduate medical education program and an internal medicine residency clinic. Medical City North Hills is part of Medical City Healthcare.

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North Richland Hills - Medical City North Hills is inviting the public to its first Spooktacular celebration on Saturday, October 30 from noon – 2:00 p.m.

The free, pandemic-friendly Halloween drive-through event enables guests to remain in their vehicles and trick-or-treat at themed booths set up by hospital colleagues. The event will also feature a costume contest for the kids, a DJ, a quick photo booth opportunity, vehicles from the North Richland Hills Fire Department and a hospital unit pumpkin decorating contest where the public gets to pick their favorite.  

The event is hosted during daylight hours, free from traffic and other potential nighttime hazards that may be present during traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. 

“We care for our community in many ways, even outside our hospital walls,” says Mark Deno, CEO of Medical City North Hills. “Spooktacular provides a fun, safe Halloween event for families to enjoy while also providing a respite for hospital colleagues who have been working tirelessly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

The drive-through will begin near the outpatient surgery entrance, located on the west side of the hospital at 4401 Booth Calloway Road, North Richland Hills, TX 76180. The entrance and exit points will be accessible from Rodger Line Road.  

This event is sponsored in part by the Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber of Commerce and the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce.

About Medical City North Hills

Medical City North Hills is a 164 bed, acute care hospital located in North Richland Hills, Texas. With a medical team of more than 500 physicians, Medical City North Hills offers a broad range of services including a Level III Trauma Center, full-range of cardiovascular services, comprehensive orthopedic and spine programs, neurology program, graduate medical education program and an internal medicine residency clinic. Medical City North Hills is part of Medical City Healthcare.

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North Richland Hills – Kevin Inderhees, MSN, RN, MHA, NEA-BC, has joined Medical City North Hills as chief nursing officer.

Inderhees brings over 15 years of healthcare experience that includes executive and senior leadership positions. He joined Medical City Healthcare as a nurse manager at Medical City Fort Worth in 2010, most recently serving as that facility’s associate chief nursing officer. Inderhees has demonstrated success in leading and building teams that result in high quality experiences and outstanding outcomes. He is known for his collaborative approach and focus on quality.

“Providing high quality, safe and compassionate care is our priority at Medical City North Hills,” says Mark Deno, CEO of Medical City North Hills. “Kevin’s strong foundation on the front lines of nursing care and his operational leadership experience will help support our hospital as the destination of choice for healthcare excellence in North Richland Hills and the surrounding community.”

Inderhees earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing and Healthcare Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington. He is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives.  

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North Richland Hills – Patients undergoing electrophysiology ablation, or EP ablation, procedures at Medical City North Hills for arrythmia may benefit from new technology that reduces the chance for future procedures to restore heart rhythm. Medical City North Hills is the first hospital in North Texas to offer this innovative technology. 

EP ablation procedures work to restore a patient’s normal heart rhythm by using heat or cold energy to create tiny scars that block irregular cardiac signals. Ablations are performed using very thin, flexible catheters inserted through veins to the heart. The new technology enables physicians to see minute, abnormal heart rhythms, or arrythmia, during EP ablation procedures. In some cases, other equipment and technology may not have been sensitive enough to detect these imperceptible details during an ECG, resulting in the patient requiring future ablations.  

“This new technology can increase the ability to identify the circuit and treat the arrythmia during a patient’s EP ablation, enabling additional corrections in real-time,” says William Nesbitt, MD, medical director of electrophysiology at Medical City North Hills. “Reducing the possible need for additional ablations is another quality of life enhancement for the patients who turn to cardiology services at Medical City North Hills for expert and high-quality care.”

AFib affects more than 12 million people in the U.S. and results in over 450,000 hospitalizations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While some people do not have symptoms, others may experience:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart palpitations
  • Lightheadedness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

Ablation may be recommended for patients with symptoms that have not improved with medication or treatments. 

About Medical City North Hills

Medical City North Hills is a 164 bed, acute care hospital located in North Richland Hills, Texas. With a medical team of more than 500 physicians, Medical City North Hills offers a broad range of services including a Level III Trauma Center, full-range of cardiovascular services, comprehensive orthopedic and spine programs, neurology program, graduate medical education program and an internal medicine residency clinic. Medical City North Hills is part of Medical City Healthcare.

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North Richland Hills — Summer offers many opportunities for fun in the sun and in the water. A Medical City North Hills emergency room physician is providing some safety tips to reduce risks that accompany summer activities that often result in emergency room visits.

"The body is a wonderful machine. Listen to it,” says Curtis H. Johnson, MD, medical director of emergency services at Medical City North Hills. “When you are out in the heat and get thirsty, that signals a need to drink. Choose water or a non-alcoholic beverage with electrolytes. Headache, nausea, weakness or dizziness can be a sign of dehydration and means it’s time to quickly seek a cool area in the shade or inside to re-hydrate.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heat-related illness including heat stroke and heat exhaustion kills more than 600 people annually in the U.S. Unintentional drowning takes the lives of more than 3,960.

Dr. Johnson recommends these safety tips to help avoid these summer-related accidents:

On the water

  • Don’t swim alone. Make sure someone is near in case of trouble.
  • Follow all posted regulations for watercraft – speed, direction and ski zone rules help keep visitors safe.
  • Always wear a life jacket. Make sure the device is the correct size, that all straps are connected and pulled tight for a secure fit.
  • Never take your eyes off of children who are in the water.

Under the sun

  • Be aware of heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. These usually occur in stages, with symptoms progressing from mild to severe.
  • Use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen. Reapply every two hours, covering all parts of the body exposed to the sun. Sun damage occurs before the skin turns red. Spray sunscreen should be applied to the hands first and then spread on exposed skin to assure full coverage and avoid potentially spraying into the eyes.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages which can contribute to dehydration.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses to further reduce sunburn risk and the chance for eye damage.

Find more tips in the Medical City Healthcare Take Care blog.

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North Richland Hills — Medical City North Hills has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Medical City North Hills among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.

“This is a great accomplishment for the Medical City North Hills cardiac surgery department and a testament to the dedicated staff and cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) nurses that ensure our patients receive high quality care,” says Mark Deno, CEO of Medical City North Hills. “This rating is another reason why Medical City North Hills is the destination of choice for heart care in North Richland Hills and the surrounding area.”

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings,” says David M. Shahian, MD, chair of the Task Force on Quality Measurement. “Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in healthcare delivery and helps provide patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about healthcare.”

Historically, less than 10% of hospitals receive the three-star rating for coronary artery bypass surgery.