Tarleton invests $25K to develop SANE program at local hospital

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STEPHENVILLE (November 6, 2015) — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville has reached a major milestone in the development of its Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. During a presentation at the hospital, Tarleton State University invested $25,000 to help secure photography equipment that is key to the program’s success.

“We are deeply committed to meeting the health care needs of the people in this community,” said Cindy McCarthy, chief nursing officer at Texas Health Stephenville. “The SANE program enhances our ability to continue our mission and help maintain the safety and well-being of our patients. Tarleton’s investment is a reassurance that we are taking steps in the right direction.”

Under the SANE program, specially trained nurses aid in administering a comprehensive sexual-assault medical-forensic examination, provide appropriate referrals for counseling, follow-up care and testify in court if called to do so.

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“We are proud to collaborate with Texas Health Stephenville to help advance the development of the SANE program,” said Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, president of Tarleton State University. “The hospital continues to display unwavering passion for the health and well-being of those they serve. We believe this new program will benefit our students, staff and faculty.”

Texas Health Stephenville continues to develop this program and looks forward to offering these new services soon.

Visit www.texashealth.org/Stephenville, for more information about services offered.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a full-service acute care facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital offers surgical services, women’s and infants’ services, advanced diagnostic imaging, sleep lab and wound care services. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has received national accreditation as a Level IV Trauma Center and Cycle III Chest Pain Center as well as for its stereotactic breast biopsy program. The hospital was named a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization and received Pathway to Excellence designation for a work environment that supports nurses.

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