April 2 2010 - MFH-Tyler Named One Of The Nation's 100 Top Hospitals

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April 2, 2010

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TYLER, TX -- Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

In addition, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler also was one of 23 hospitals, and the only hospital in Texas, among the 100 winners to be recognized as an Everest Award winner for the greatest rate of improvement over a five-year period.

The 100 Top Hospitals award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance, and operational efficiency. This is the third time Mother Frances Hospital has been recognized with this honor.

"It is the commitment to quality health care that each and every member of our staff has that led to this significant recognition," said Ray Thompson, FACHE, chief executive officer, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. "To be the only hospital in Texas and one of only 23 hospitals in America to receive the Everest Award is a great honor."

The winners were identified through an in-depth analysis, the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks study. The study evaluated 2,926 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia.

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 29 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

"The boards, executives and physician leaders of the Everest award-winning hospitals developed long-term strategies and executed them with extraordinary skill to produce extraordinary results,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters. “The Everest award winners are leaders and innovators and they are bringing great value to their communities."

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in these 100 Top Hospitals award winners:

•More than 98,000 additional patients would survive each year.
•More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
•Expenses would decline by an aggregate $5.5 billion a year.
•The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 250 physicians and mid-level providers representing 37 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.