August 10 2007 - MFH Named 100 Top Hospital

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August 10, 2007

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MOTHER FRANCES NAMED 100 TOP HOSPITALS® PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT LEADER

Second Time For Hospital To Receive Designation

TYLER, TX - Mother Frances Hospital was named one of the U.S.'s 100 Top Hospitals as a performance improvement leader in the large community hospitals category by Thomson Healthcare, a leading provider of strategic business and clinical information for the health care industry. The Hospital previously received the recognition in 2005.

Mother Frances is one of only 20 large community hospitals in the nation to earn the award.

Mother Frances Hospital and its management team were recognized for demonstrating the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five consecutive years (2001-2005). The award is given to hospitals that have proven sustained success in reducing complications, mortality rates, and improving patient safety.

The study looked at all U.S. hospitals licensed to treat Medicare patients. Performance measures included risk-adjusted mortality and complications, average length of stay, growth in patient volume, and risk-adjusted patient safety measures. Findings from the fourth edition of the Thomson 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders study appears in the August 6, 2007, issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

"Mother Frances Hospital has made major strides in improving the quality and efficiency of services," said Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, president, Trinity Mother Frances Health System. "The focus and effort given by our management team and employees to raise patient care to this level is something of which we are all very proud. We are pleased to share this honor with other top hospitals in the country."

Nationally, a number of organizations like Mother Frances Hospital are focusing on implementing evidence-based guidelines proven to improve clinical outcomes. Mother Frances Hospital participated in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 100,000 Lives Campaign starting in 2005, and is currently participating in the 5 Million Lives Campaign.

The IHI Campaign encourages hospitals to adopt safe practices to reduce complications and decrease mortality. As active participants, Mother Frances Hospital has used a collaborative approach with physicians to effectively improve the care for myocardial infarction patients through the Code STEMI initiative, implemented strategies to reduce hospital acquired infections, and implemented evidence based clinical practice standards, which have lead to improved outcomes.

"In the last year, we have received additional recognition for being ranked in the top five percent in the nation for patient safety and a separate recognition for quality improvement. The 100 Top Hospital designation is a testament to Mother Frances Hospital's dedication to improving patient care," said Ray Thompson, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Trinity Mother Frances Health System."

"The leadership of the hospital and all of the people who work there have heard the national call to increase the pace of improvement for patients across the nation. Their efforts to improve performance have resulted in consistent year-over-year improvement that is among the fastest rate in the nation for its type of hospital," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals programs, Center for Healthcare Improvement, Thomson Healthcare. "This means that your local hospital has found the key to continually improving the health services for the people in the community."

The Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from years 2001 through 2005, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient data. Facilities recognized on the PI Leader list are represented across five hospital classes:

Major Teaching - 15

Teaching - 25

Large Community, 250+ Beds - 20

Medium Community, 100 to 249 Beds - 20

Small Community, 25 to 99 Beds - 20

Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler is part of Trinity Mother Frances Health System, which also includes Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is a multi specialty physician group with over 200 providers representing 35 specialties serving east, northeast and north-central Texas.

Previous recognitions for Trinity Mother Frances Health System as a national leader in health care include:

- Received the Texas Medical Foundation Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence (TMF Health Quality Institute - June (2007)

- Named in an independent national research study as a recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient SafetyTM. (HealthGrades - April 2007)

- Named as a Blue Distinction CenterSM for Bariatric Surgery (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - 2006)

- Named a Top 100 Hospitals National Benchmarks for Success winner (Solucient - March 2006)

- Named Blue Distinction CenterSM for Cardiac Care (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas - 2006)

- Named Tyler's Most Preferred Hospital - Overall Quality & Image (National Research Corporation - 2006, 2007)

- Named 100 Top Hospital for Performance Improvement Leadership (Solucient - April 2005)

- National Leader in Patient Satisfaction (Press Ganey, Inc. Survey - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

- Top 100 Hospital for Stroke Management in the U.S. (Solucient - 2001)

- Top 100 Health System (Solucient - 2000)

For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Health System, visit www.tmfhs.org.

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