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June 8 2007 Quality Improvement Award

For Immediate Release

June 8, 2007

John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


Only Hospital In east Texas And One Of Only 63 In Texas To Receive Award

TYLER, TX - Mother Frances Hospital has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence from TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. TMF established the award program in partnership with Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.

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

The award acknowledges hospitals for improving care related to acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. These clinical areas have been designated as national health care priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission, the nation's predominant independent, non-profit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The award recognizes hospitals that are active in quality improvement and have made the required improvement on a composite scoring system, called the appropriate care measure (ACM). The ACM consists of ten measures: five acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), two heart failure, and three pneumonia measures.

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 does within four hours of admission for patients with pneumonia - are designed to ensure hospitals provide care consistent with current medical guidelines.

"Improving patient care is an ongoing process at Mother Frances Hospital and has been our focus for many years. This award was achieved through the collection and submission of data over five quarters and the demonstration of significant improvement on all ten of the quality measures that make up the appropriate care measure," said Laura Owen, senior vice president of operations, Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

Out of more than 390 eligible Texas hospitals, 63 have met the criteria and have been presented with the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence. Mother Frances Hospital officials will accept the award at a special ceremony in Austin on June 28.

"Working with the medical staff, Mother Frances Hospital used nationally recognized standards to assure that consistent medical care for all patients is delivered routinely," said Mrs. Owen. "We are focused on following these national standards because they improve outcomes for our patients. We're proud to have qualified to receive this distinguished award, and we will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts through our collaboration with TMF Health Quality Institute."

To earn the Award of Excellence, a hospital had to achieve or maintain performance between 90 and 100 percent on the appropriate care measure.

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:

- 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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