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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
News Release
October 28, 2016
Contact: Melissa Duncan
Senator Nelson Recognized by UNTHSC Patient Safety Institute

AUSTIN - Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Patient Advocacy Award by the newly developed Institute for Public Safety and its founding members: the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC), Texas Christian University, JPS Health Network and Cook Children's.

"I am grateful for this award - and this institute's commitment to patient safety. With such an esteemed group of founding members, I know it will succeed in its mission to promote a culture of safety," Senator Nelson said.

Last session, Senator Nelson secured $4 million in funding to establish the Patient Safety Institute. Led by UNTHSC, the institute includes diverse health care and related institutions throughout the region, as well as institute fellows and scholars who represent a broad array of health care professionals, patients and advocates.

“The growth of the Health Science Center is rooted in Senator Nelson’s advocacy for our university,” said Dr. Michael Williams, President of UNTHSC. “We’re going to make health care providers better and patients safer because of the investment Texas lawmakers have shown in us.”

Goals outlined by the institute emphasize five core areas: education, research, quality and health impact and influence. The institute is positioned to be a leader - driving improvements in the quality of care and eliminating preventable harm. Key areas have been identified for immediate focus by the institute: ambulatory care settings, geriatric care and precision medication.

For more information on the Institute for Patient Safety can be found online at:

Senator Jane Nelson represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.