Residents of Cowtown don't suffer from gunshot wounds as much as they did back in the day; however, if they're searching for health care, they still need look no further than Tarrant County Hospital District (dba JPS Health Network). Founded in 1906 in Fort Worth, Texas, the network's flagship facility, John Peter Smith Hospital, has approximately 570 beds and provides specialty services including orthopedics, cardiology, and women's health. JPS Health Network also includes behavioral health treatment center Trinity Springs Pavilion and the JPS Diagnostic & Surgery Hospital of Arlington. The company provides family medical, dental, and specialty care through dozens of health care centers in northern Texas.
In an effort to revamp its operations, the company replaced CEO David Cecero with incoming executive Robert Earley in 2009. JPS Health Network is working to improve its patient satisfaction and employee turnover rates. Earley, a former state legislator, was appointed by the hospital district's governing board.
In 2010 the hospital completed construction on a $93 million, five-story patient tower in Fort Worth. The expansion added about 100 beds to the John Peter Smith Hospital. JPS Health has also added several new clinics in recent years bringing its total to more than a dozen urgent care, behavioral, dental, family medicine, and surgical centers (among others).
JPS Hospital is a member of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH). The idea is to improve the health of Tarrant County as a whole by training health care workers and physicians about working outside the hospital walls and within the community. The institution sponsors programs that are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association, (AOA), and the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME).
The health system carries a Level 1 Trauma designation across the spectrum of health care specialties, meaning it is the referral hospital of choice for patients who are terribly injured. JPS Hospital received the designation in 2010.
It is one of a number of North Texas hospital systems vying for federal funds from President Obama's Health Care Innovation Challenge under which the Obama administration will reward "the most compelling" plans with three-year grants ranging from $1 million to $30 million. Each of the hospitals (including JPS Health Network) must come up with stunning ideas about how to improve health care and lower costs for Medicare and Medicaid patients as part of participation in the program. Proposals are due in early 2012. – less