Luncheon to celebrate UT Health Center being named Nurse-Friendly hospital set for Monday

Friday, October 20, 2006

On Monday, Oct. 23, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler will celebrate its recent designation as a “Nurse-Friendly®” hospital by the Texas Nurses Association. Just 31 of the 581 hospitals in Texas have achieved Nurse-Friendly® status, and the Health Center is the first academic medical center in The University of Texas System to achieve this designation.

A Nurse-Friendly® hospital such as the Health Center must meet certain TNA criteria showing it has an environment that respects the value of nurses. It must demonstrate that it is committed to nurses and values their contributions to the pursuit of safe, quality patient care.

Local dignitaries are expected to attend the luncheon, which will be held at noon Monday, Oct. 23, in the Center for Biomedical Research Auditorium on the UTHSCT campus, 11937 U.S. Highway 271 in Tyler.

UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun and Vice President for Patient Care Operations and Chief Nursing Officer Kleanthe Caruso will make a few remarks at the luncheon. Caruso is president of District 19 of the Texas Nurses Association.

State Rep. Leo Berman, and Tyler Mayor Pro Tem Steve Smith will also attend the luncheon.

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