March 31 2010 - MFH-Tyler In The Top 5% Says Study

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March 31, 2010

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HealthGrades Study Evaluated 5,000 Hospitals Across the Country

TYLER , TX – A respected annual study of patient safety at American hospitals found Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler to be in the top 5% in the nation, hospital officials announced today. The study, conducted by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, named Mother Frances – Tyler as one of 238 hospitals nationwide to receive the 2010 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™.

"Our physicians, nurses and staff have made quality our focus and this recognition shows that putting patients and patient care as your top priorities brings great results," said Laura Owen, senior vice president of operations, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.

In the study, 40 million hospitalization records from nearly 5,000 hospitals were analyzed to understand the incidence rates of 15 different patient safety events, from post-operative sepsis to complications from anesthesia, over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. The study was objectively and independently conducted, using a methodology developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a federal agency, and with data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For hospitals that were identified as being in the top 5% in the nation, Medicare patients, on average, were 43% less likely to experience a patient safety event over the years 2006 to 2008.

"It takes everyone working as a team to reach this level of patient safety. We are very honored to receive this recognition," said Ralph Carroll, patient safety officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.

HealthGrades conducts the largest annual studies of hospital quality in America , in part to identify hospitals that set quality benchmarks to which others can aspire. If all hospitals performed at the level of those receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award™, like Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, more than 200,000 patient safety events and nearly 23,000 Medicare deaths could have been avoided over the three years studied.

“Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler is among the hospitals that are setting the benchmark for excellence in patient safety, something that the people of Tyler and the surrounding area should take great pride and comfort in,” said Rick May, MD, a vice president at HealthGrades and co-author of the study. “To achieve this level of patient safety, hospitals like Mother Frances tend to have a culture of quality that drives vigilance and continuous improvement, and they should be congratulated.”

In the HealthGrades study, the following patient safety indicators were studied:

• Comp lications of anesthesia

•Death in low mortality Diagnostic Related Groupings (DRGs)

•Decubitus ulcer (bed sores)

•Death among surgical inpatients with serious treatable complications

•Iatrogenic pneumothorax (collapsed lung)

•Selected infections due to medical care

•Post-operative hip fracture

•Post-operative hemorrhage or hematoma

•Post-operative physiologic and metabolic derangements

•Post-operative respiratory failure

•Post-operative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis

•Post-operative sepsis

•Post-operative abdominal wound dehiscence

•Accidental puncture or laceration

•Transfusion reaction

The full study can be found on HealthGrades’ Web site.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

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