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DFW Healthcare Brief: UNTHSC Names Founding Nursing Dean and Medical City Healthcare’s ‘A’ Leapfrog Ratings

Plus Texas Health Allen's Stroke certification and UTSW's Susan G. Komen research scholar.
By Zoe Cote |
Curtesy: Texas Health Resources

Cindy Weston will serve as the founding dean at University of North Texas Health Science Center’s new College of Nursing in its first year of student enrollment in the fall of 2024. Weston began her nursing career at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, specializing in cardiovascular care where she was appointed as a distinguished professor by Stephen F. Austin State University in 1996. Since, Weston has been selected as a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and has served as the president of the Texas Nurse Practitioners Association since 2000. Prior to student arrivals at the College of Nursing, Weston has been tasked with engaging regional stakeholders and determining the regional workforce needs to translate into the specific degrees planned to be offered.

Eight Medical City hospitals in North Texas have earned “A” grades in the Leapfrog Group’s 2023 Hospital Safety Guide, which aims to uphold patient care and safety standards. The grades are attributed to high-quality performance and response to unique challenges during the height of the pandemic. Scores range from the traditional A-F grades and are based on 30 national performance measures evaluating errors, accidents, injuries, infections, and preventative systems in place.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen was recently certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center for its efficient response time to treat stroke victims and its advanced clinical programs for patients. The Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification is only awarded every two years and signals the center’s developed expertise in stroke patient care. To qualify, hospitals must earn both The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark.

Dr. Carlos Arteaga has been named a research scholar for Susan G. Komen, a leading breast cancer organization worldwide, as one of nine nominees this year and nearly fifty total distinguished researchers in the field. Director of UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and Associate Dean of their Oncology Programs, Arteaga is known for his progress in laboratory-based translational research, earning numerous accolades from prestigious cancer research accreditors. With Arteaga at the helm, the Simmons Center was ranked 25th in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report and one of 53 total designated comprehensive cancer care centers in the country.

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