SOURCE: TMF Health Quality Institute

TMF Health Quality Institute

April 05, 2012 18:04 ET

167 Texas Hospitals Recognized for Raising Quality of Care

Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards Honor Hospitals for Notable Gains on Key Components of Patient Care and Treatment

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Apr 5, 2012) - TMF Health Quality Institute announced today that 167 Texas hospitals had won a Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award by achieving gains in key clinical areas designated as national health care priorities. The Award recognizes hospitals that undertake efforts to advance the quality of care in their facilities. Leaders from each hospital will meet in Austin on May 3 at Bass Concert Hall to receive their awards.

"As a nonprofit consulting company focused on promoting quality health and health care, TMF proudly recognizes these hospitals for promoting improvement activities and their senior management for promoting a quality culture," said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute. "Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process, and we thank these hospitals for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state."

TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas, established the awards program in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.

At the May 3 ceremony, TMF will honor leadership teams from the 167 award-winning hospitals. The event will feature presentations from John J. Nance, best-selling author of "Why Hospitals Should Fly," and nationally recognized patient safety advocate Charles Denham, MD, chairman of Texas Medical Institute of Technology. Together they will introduce the Texas premiere of "Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board," a documentary focusing on how top leadership creates and sustains change in bedside patient care.

"Quality improvement can be challenging," said Laredo family medicine physician David E. Garza, DO, president of the TMF Health Quality Institute board of trustees. "These hospitals have shown that it can be done through leadership, teamwork and focus. Their hard work results in a higher quality of care for patients."

Hospitals self-nominate for participation in the non-competitive program and agree to focus on making improvements in clinical areas that include acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Improvement in these areas has been designated a priority for U.S. health care by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Of 214 Texas hospitals participating in the awards program, 2 met the criteria of the highest award, the Gold Award, and another 129 earned the Silver Award. 36 hospitals' improvement qualified them for the Bronze Award. A list of the honored hospitals is provided below.

Hospitals earn awards based on improved performance on criteria in a composite scoring system, called the appropriate care measure (ACM). For acute care hospitals, the ACM consists of 27 quality indicators: 7 heart attack, 4 heart failure, 6 pneumonia and 10 surgical care measures. Critical access hospitals have an ACM score based on ten quality indicators: four heart failure and six pneumonia measures.

Participating hospitals were required to collect data on the quality indicators for four quarters beginning with October 1, 2010. Based on that data, they implemented quarterly process changes to improve their performance. Hospitals then remeasured at the end of four rolling quarters of data to evaluate if performance had improved.

To earn the Gold Award, a hospital had to achieve or maintain performance between 90 and 100 percent on the ACM as well as achieve better than the national rate for at least one mortality measure and one readmission measure and meet all other requirements. For a Silver Award, a hospital had to achieve an ACM between 90 and 100 percent and meet all other requirements. To qualify for the Bronze Award, a hospital had to attain a minimum of 80 percent for the ACM and meet all other requirements.

Other requirements included passing validation of three quarters of data (fourth quarter 2010 through second quarter 2011), having mortality and readmission scores at or above the national rate and submitting the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) data. (Data for mortality rates and HCAHPS are not available for critical access hospitals and, therefore, were not part of the awards criteria for these hospitals.)

For more information on the awards, see the TMF Health Quality Institute awards website at

Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Houston
Methodist Hospital, San Antonio

Baptist St. Anthony's Health System - Baptist Campus, Amarillo
Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, Fort Worth
Baylor Frisco Medical Center, Frisco
Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, Dallas
Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, Carrollton
Baylor Medical Center at Garland, Garland
Baylor Medical Center at Irving, Irving
Baylor Medical Center at Uptown, Dallas
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, Grapevine
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, Plano
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas
Bayshore Medical Center, Pasadena
Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, Cedar Park
Centennial Medical Center, Frisco
Central Texas Medical Center, San Marcos
Childress Regional Medical Center, Childress
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital - City Centre, San Antonio
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital - Medical Center, San Antonio
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital - Westover Hills, San Antonio
Christus St. John Hospital, Nassau Bay
Christus St. Catherine Health and Wellness Center, Katy
Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital, Beaumont
Citizens Medical Center, Victoria
Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Webster
Connally Memorial Medical Center, Floresville
Conroe Regional Medical Center, Conroe
Corpus Christi Medical Center, Corpus Christi
Cuero Community Hospital, Cuero
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center, Houston
Denton Regional Medical Center, Denton
DeTar Hospital Navarro, Victoria
Doctors Hospital, Dallas
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, McAllen
Doctors Hospital Tidwell, Houston
East El Paso Physicians Medical Center, El Paso
El Paso Specialty Hospital, El Paso
Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview
Grace Medical Center, Lubbock
Graham Regional Medical Center, Graham
Harlingen Medical Center, Harlingen
Harris Methodist HEB Hospital, Bedford
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Plano
Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene
Hill Country Memorial Hospital, Fredericksburg
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Waco
The Hospital at Westlake Medical Center, Austin
Houston Northwest Medical Center, Houston
Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Burleson
Hunt Regional Medical Center, Greenville
Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Huntsville
Kingwood Medical Center, Kingwood
Laredo Medical Center, Laredo
Las Colinas Medical Center, Irving
Las Palmas Medical Center, El Paso
Longview Regional Medical Center, Longview
Lubbock Heart Hospital, Lubbock
Mainland Medical Center, Texas City
Matagorda Regional Medical Center, Bay City
Medical Center of Arlington, Arlington
Medical Center of Lewisville, Lewisville
Medical Center of McKinney, McKinney
The Medical Center of Plano, Plano
The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur
Medical City Dallas Hospital, Dallas
Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center, Houston
Memorial Hermann Katy, Katy
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Houston
Memorial Hermann Northeast, Humble
Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, Sugar Land
Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Hospital - Northwest, San Antonio
Methodist Health System, Dallas
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Mansfield
Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Richardson
Methodist Stone Oak Hospital, San Antonio
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Sugar Land
Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Houston
Moore County Hospital, Dumas
Mother Frances Hospital Jacksonville, Jacksonville
Mother Frances Hospital Regional Health Care Center, Tyler
North Hills Hospital, North Richland Hills
Northwest Texas Healthcare System, Amarillo
Park Plaza Hospital, Houston
Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Fort Worth
The Physicians Centre, Bryan
Physicians Surgical Hospital at Quail Creek, Amarillo
Providence Memorial Hospital, El Paso
Reagan Memorial Hospital, Big Lake
Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Sweetwater
San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, Baytown
Scott & White Hospital - Brenham, Brenham
Scott & White Hospital - Llano, Llano
Scott & White Hospital - Round Rock, Round Rock
Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital, Luling
Seton Highland Lakes Hospital, Burnet
Seton Medical Center Austin, Austin
Seton Medical Center Hays, Kyle
Seton Medical Center Williamson, Round Rock
Seton Northwest Hospital, Austin
Seton Southest Hospital, Austin
Shannon Medical Center, San Angelo
Sierra Medical Center, El Paso
Sierra Providence East Medical Center, El Paso
South Texas Health System, Edinburg
South Texas Regional Medical Center, Jourdanton
St. David's Georgetown Hospital, Georgetown
St. David's Heart Hospital of Austin, Austin
St. David's Medical Center, Austin
St. David's North Austin Medical Center, Austin
St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, Round Rock
St. Joseph Regional Health Center, Bryan
St. Luke's Lakeside Hospital, The Woodlands
St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital, The Woodlands
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, Arlington
Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth, Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, Azle
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, Cleburne
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, Rockwall
Texas Orthopedic Hospital, Houston
Texoma Medical Center, Denison
UT Southwestern University Hospital - St. Paul, Dallas
University Medical Center Brackenridge, Austin
University Medical Center of El Paso, El Paso
Weatherford Regional Medical Center, Weatherford
West Houston Medical Center, Houston
Wise Regional Health System, Decatur
The Woman's Hospital of Texas, Houston
Woodland Heights Medical Center, Lufkin

Bowie Memorial Hospital, Bowie
Brazosport Regional Health System, Lake Jackson
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital - New Braunfels, New Braunfels
Christus Spohn Hospital Alice, Alice
Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi
Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana
College Station Medical Center, College Station
Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus
Covenant Medical Center, Lubbock
East Texas Medical Center Jacksonville, Jacksonville
Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton
Harris County Hospital District, Houston
Knapp Medical Center, Weslaco
Lavaca Medical Center, Hallettsville
Madison St. Joseph Health Center, Madisonville
Memorial Hermann Baptist - Orange, Orange
Memorial Medical Center - Livingston, Livingston
Methodist Texsan Hospital, San Antonio
Metroplex Health System, Killeen
North Texas Medical Center, Gainesville
Providence Health Center, Waco
Smithville Regional Hospital, Smithville
St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston
St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital, Sugar Land
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital - WNJ, Sherman
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, Denton
The Methodist Hospital, Houston
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler
University Health System, San Antonio
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston
USMD Hospital at Arlington, Arlington
UT Southwestern University Hospital - Zale Lipshy, Dallas
Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana
Yoakum Community Hospital, Yoakum

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