July 31 2009 - MFH Receives Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award

For Immediate Release

July 31, 2009

Contact: John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


TYLER, TX -- Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Achievement Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. TMF 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.

The Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards honor Texas hospitals that are performing quality initiatives aimed at improving outcomes in patient care by recognizing those hospitals that have improved their performance on specific national quality measures.

The awards acknowledge hospitals for improving care related to acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. These clinical areas have been designated as national health care priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, an independent nonprofit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Clinical areas are designated by CMS and TJC to help ensure that patients receive evidence-based standards of care.

The awards recognize hospitals that are active in quality improvement and have made the required improvement on a composite scoring system, called the Appropriate Care Measure (ACM).

These CMS/Joint Commission priority areas were targeted because they measure care for common, serious health conditions that affect all adult patients. The quality measures—such as an initial antibiotic dose within six hours of admission for patients with pneumonia—are designed to ensure hospitals provide care consistent with current medical guidelines.

“To achieve this recognition, we had to demonstrate significant improvement across several national quality measures. Our success illustrates our commitment to patient safety and to delivering quality health care,” said Robin Fabre, MD, vice president, quality and case management, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “It was a significant amount of work, but well worth it because it was the right thing to do for our patients.”

Out of 227 participating Texas hospitals, 66 were presented with the Quality Improvement Achievement Award. Hospitals receiving this award will be recognized at a special ceremony in Austin on August 27.

“As a nonprofit consulting company focused on promoting quality health and health care, TMF is proud to recognize these hospitals for promoting quality 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 Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state.”

“We know that using proven standards of care can save lives,” said Robin Fabre, MD, vice president, quality and case management, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “We will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts to help ensure that every person gets the right care at the right time, every time.”

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 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 34 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhs.org.

About TMF
TMF Health Quality Institute is an Austin-based nonprofit consulting company focused on promoting quality health and health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations. TMF partners with health care providers in a variety of settings to ensure that every person receives the appropriate care, every time. www.tmf.org

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