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Texas Health Harris SANE program begins and hospital wins cancer care award

Monday October 14, 2013
The hospital’s SANE team members are ready to use their specialized training to help victims of sexual assault. Pictured from left: RNs Jaime Ramsey, Tomika Aleman, Vanessa Ray-Swarts, Heather Crites, Misha Hamilton, Tabitha Fresquez, Tamara Pollard and Desiree Anderson.
The hospital’s SANE team members are ready to use their specialized training to help victims of sexual assault. Pictured from left: RNs Jaime Ramsey, Tomika Aleman, Vanessa Ray-Swarts, Heather Crites, Misha Hamilton, Tabitha Fresquez, Tamara Pollard and Desiree Anderson.
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Patients have access to the new SANE program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth – which includes eight RNs trained in medical forensic care. “As a major trauma center that receives patients from all over North Texas, we established the SANE program in order to offer the full gamut of services to our patients and eliminate the need to transport these victims to another facility,” Judy Horton, RN, MSN, CEN, director of the hospital’s ED, said in a news release. “It’s difficult for them to seek help in the first place. Equipping ourselves to treat them here is the right thing to do.”

For Jaime Ramsey, RN, BSN, CA-SANE, nurse supervisor of the program, becoming a certified SANE means helping law enforcement do its job to bring perpetrators to justice. “The evidence we collect from sexual assault examinations is all that these victims have to speak for them in court,” Ramsey said. 
The Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation has pledged a $100,000 grant to expand the SANE program throughout the Texas Health Resources system. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman currently offer SANE programs.


Sue Shields, RN
In other news, cancer care at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth ranks among 79 outstanding programs nationwide, according to the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Based on on-site surveys performed in 2012, the commission honored Texas Health Fort Worth with an Outstanding Achievement Award for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients, according to a news release.

“What makes our patient care exceptional is that we personalize it to meet our patients’ individual needs and treat the whole person — mind, body and spirit,” Sue Shields, RN, MBA, NE-BC, director of cancer services at Texas Health Fort Worth, said in the release. “Patients can expect to receive high quality, evidence-based care in line with standards set by the commission.”

For information, visit TexasHealth.org/fortworth.


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