Ellzey lauds THAZ’s successes

“The Best Little Hospital in Texas.”

That’s how Bob Ellzey, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Azle (THAZ) referred to the facility he oversees when he spoke to the Azle Rotary Club March 28.

THAZ being named one of the top 100 hospitals in Texas is a big deal, Ellzey said.

“The perception is that things are better in the ‘big city’ – cars, food, hospitals,” he said. “And that’s not the case.”

The bestower of the award, the independent Truven Health Analytics, examined every hospital. “You can’t not be in it,” Ellzey said.

Among 2,922 hospitals vetted, THAZ finished among the top 20 in facilities with 100 beds or less.

In fact, he added, only nine hospitals in Texas made the Elite 100 list and THAZ was the lone winner in North Texas.

Ellzey added, that THAZ has also earned kudos from other organizations.

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals named THAZ a “Top Performer” – an achievement only 18 percent of U.S. hospitals earn.

And THAZ was one of just four hospitals in America that met Premier’s top criteria to win “High Value” recognition. Premier is a hospital membership organization with over 3,000 members.

When it comes to electronic record-keeping, THAZ shines there, too, Ellzey said. The Azle hospital ranks in the top four percent nationally.

Ellzey said, “Your hospital continues to score in the highest echelon. In my 24 years working with hospitals, this is the most dedicated staff I’ve ever worked with.”

THAZ has one goal, Ellzey, a credentialed Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, said: “To provide the right care at the right place.”

That might mean stabilizing a patient then transporting them to another facility that is better able to handle that particular medical necessity.

THAZ is not resting on its laurels, Ellzey said. “There’s always room to improve.” He added that patient evaluations and those of its peers are regularly closely examined to keep the Azle facility moving forward.

Currently, personnel are about two weeks away from moving into the newly constructed lobby, he said.

A big plus, Ellzey said, there will be allowing outpatients to be separated from emergency room visitors.

Nursing leaders will also be moved together into a common area that will make them more efficient, Ellzey said.

He noted that the hospital auxiliary provided an essential $100,000 toward the construction.

Two big dates loom.

On May 2, THAZ will host a public open house/ribbon cutting for citizens to see the improvements.

This fall, Oct. 5, is the annual Levis and Lace fundraiser, set for the Fort Worth Stockyards this year.

Ellzey concluded, “Your hospital has a lot going on.”