April 29 2009 - MFH Among Top Five Percent For Patient Safety

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2009

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Media Relations
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Tyler, TX -- Mother Frances Hospital has received the 2009 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. The top five percent of all hospitals in the U.S., 242 hospitals, were recognized with this award in a report issued by the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. This marks the third year in a row Mother Frances Hospital has performed at this level, placing them among a group of only 113 hospitals across the nation to be a three-time recipient of these recognitions.

If all hospitals performed at the level of Patient Safety Excellence Award™ hospitals, approximately 211,697 patient safety events and 22,771 Medicare deaths could have been avoided while saving the U.S. approximately $2.0 billion from 2005 through 2007.

“To receive this award three consecutive years is a great honor,” said Robin Fabre, MD, Vice President of Quality, Mother Frances Hospital. “Patient safety has always been our top priority and this award recognizes the commitment our employees have for this effort. I am very proud of everyone at Mother Frances Hospital.”

“Every hospital across the country should continually strive for improvement until their rate of patient safety events is as close to zero as possible,” said Rick May, MD, senior physician consultant at HealthGrades and co-author of the study. “We congratulate Mother Frances Hospital because they continually demonstrate their extraordinary commitment to the reduction of patient safety events.”

The sixth annual HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study applies methodology developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to identify the incident rates of 15 patient safety indicators among Medicare patients at virtually all of the nation's nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals. Additionally, HealthGrades applied its methodology using 12 patient safety indicators to identify the best-performing hospitals, or Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Hospitals, which represent the top five percent of all U.S. hospitals. HealthGrades developed this award to give patients more information about choosing a hospital. HealthGrades’ individual hospital ratings can be viewed for free at HealthGrades.com.

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, 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 34 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhs.org.

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