For Immediate Release

January 18, 2013

For more information:
John Moore
Public Information Officer
(903) 531-4542
moorej@tmfhs.org

MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL AMONG TOP FIVE PERCENT IN NATION IN 2013 FOR 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Healthgrades Hospital Quality Report Names Mother Frances Hospital -Tyler a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ Recipient

Tyler, TX – Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler today announced that it has once again received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ in 2013. The distinction ranks Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler among the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler is one out of only 10 Hospitals in Texas to receive the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award in 2013.

From 2009 through 2011, 262 hospitals showed superior performance in caring for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective clinical outcomes (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications) across at least 19 of 27 of the most common conditions and procedures. Nationally, if all hospitals performed at this level from 2009 through 2011 a total of 164,414 lives could have potentially been saved.

“Mother Frances Hospital has focused on quality care since we opened in 1937. Our quality journey has led us to five straight years of care that ranks us as having some of the best healthcare in the nation. The recognition from Healthgrades is an honor and it reflects the dedication to everyone who works here and our commitment to our patients,” said Laura Owen, FACHE, CEO, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler.

“Healthgrades helps consumers become more aware that hospital quality matters and differs significantly from one hospital to another, even in their own neighborhood,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy. “Since selecting a physician and hospital strongly impacts patients’ odds of experiencing complications or emerging from their procedure alive and well, patients should familiarize themselves with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence recipients since these hospitals stand out above the rest for their overall clinical performance across a broad spectrum of care.”

For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit: www.Healthgrades.com today.

About Trinity Mother Frances
Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, 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 350 physicians and mid-level providers representing 39 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.

Healthgrades Hospital Quality Distinctions
Healthgrades evaluate hospital performance for over 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 28 procedures and conditions annually. Healthgrades.com provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital. Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.

About Healthgrades
Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the Healthgrades websites to select and communicate with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs. Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. For more information please visit www.healthgrades.com and www.bettermedicine.com

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