Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Pressure to offer best care helps everyone

By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 6, 2013 at 2:06 a.m.

Access to quality health care is an important part of any community. Large cities often have the advantage of hosting large hospitals connected with universities and can often draw medical professionals from all over the world.

Here in Victoria, we are fortunate to have two nationally recognized hospitals serving our community. In the past few weeks, both our county's hospitals Citizens Medical Center and DeTar Hospital Navarro, have received national recognition for different aspects of the services they provide.

Citizens was given special recognition from the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program for providing exceptional heart attack care. The hospital earned this nod by providing quick, appropriate treatment for severe heart attack patients and starting them on an aggressive risk-reduction treatment program before they are discharged.

DeTar Hospital Navarro received national accreditation as a receiving center for patients with severe heart attacks from the American Heart Association, which has only been given to 25 facilities nationwide. The hospital has also been recognized for its work reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

All of these awards and recognitions are impressive, and we applaud both Citizens and DeTar for their continued commitment to excellence in providing medical care to our community and region. Every year, both Citizens and DeTar continue to receive awards and other forms of recognition, proving that a hospital doesn't have to be located in a major metropolitan area to provide world-class care.

We are glad to see these hospitals not only thriving as individual companies but also as competitors. The added pressure of competition encourages these two facilities to push the envelope and work to outperform each other, which is good for our community, which will benefit from their efforts.

Both DeTar and Citizens have faithfully served our community for years, and we applaud them for their ongoing efforts to not only keep up with the current advances in the medical community but also their efforts to go above and beyond. We are proud to have such excellent hospitals in our community, and we encourage both facilities to continue moving forward in the days ahead. The field of medicine is constantly growing, changing and advancing, and we look forward to seeing what both DeTar and Citizens will bring to the table.

Thank you to all of the doctors, nurses, administrators and other professionals who have helped shape this excellent set of hospitals. Victoria is proud to see our medical community thriving, and we look forward to many more years of quality care and treatment.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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