January 26 2010 - National Study Recognizes MFH As Only Hospital In Texas In Three Categories

For Immediate Release

January 26, 2010

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John Moore
Media Relations


HealthGrades Study of Patient Outcomes at 5,000 Hospitals Also Puts Mother Frances In Top Five Percent In The Nation

TYLER, TX – Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler was recognized today as the only hospital in Texas to receive all three of HealthGrades Distinctions: Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ – 2009, 2010, Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ – 2009/2010, and Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety Excellence™ – 2007-2009.

Mother Frances is one of only 269 hospitals, placing them in the top 5% in the nation for patient outcomes in the new study issued today by HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings organization. Ranking in the top 5% earned Mother Frances the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award™.

The comprehensive study analyzed 40 million hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2006 to 2008.

"Since the doors opened at Mother Frances Hospital in 1937, the goal has always been to put patient care first," said Steven P. Keuer, MD, executive vice president, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. "HealthGrades is a great organization that does extensive research to seek out the best health care providers in the nation. We are proud to be in the top five percent in the country. Our patients deserve this level of quality care and our staff has earned the recognition."

"Our patients are always our top priority and the HealthGrades survey shows that," said Robin D. Fabre, MD, vice president of quality and case management, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. "It takes a coordinated team effort to consistently provide this level of care and we will continue to work even harder to ensure the health care we provide our patients is tops in the nation."

Hospitals like Mother Frances ranked in the top 5% in the nation by the eighth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study had, as a group, better patient outcomes and were improving their outcomes at a faster rate than all other hospitals.

It has become an industry standard to evaluate and compare the quality of care at hospitals in terms of patient outcomes, the mortality and complication rates that patients experience at each hospital compared with all other hospitals.

Risk-adjusted mortality rates at Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence were 29% lower when compared to other hospitals. In-hospital complication rates were 9% lower. In addition, these hospitals improved their mortality rates by an average of 14%, while the other 95% of hospitals improved by an average of 10%.

“Our data show that only a select few hospitals achieve high-quality patient outcomes, not just in a few categories of care, but across the board and over time,“ said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and an author of the study.

Mother Frances achieved the three significant distinctions of Clinical Excellence, Patient Safety Excellence and Outstanding Patient Experience, which places the Hospital in a unique leadership position in the nation. Mother Frances is the only hospital in Texas and one of only 16 hospitals in the nation to have achieved this accomplishment.


This is the eighth year that HealthGrades has independently analyzed the clinical quality performance of all non-federal hospitals across the country in 26 procedures and Department of Health and Human Services, over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. All diagnoses. In the study, the company reviewed approximately 40 million hospitalization records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. hospitals that participate in the Medicare program were part of the independent study. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that rank in the top 5% when all 26 individual scores are aggregated into an overall score.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, 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.