For Immediate Release

May 1, 2012

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

MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL-JACKSONVILLE RECOGNIZED FOR HIGH QUALITY OF CARE

Hospital Receives Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award

JACKSONVILLE, TX – Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Silver 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 TMF Health Quality Institute is an independent organization and is not affiliated with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.

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 healthcare priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), an independent nonprofit, standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare.

Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville was evaluated on 10 appropriate care measures based on 10 quality indicators, including four for heart and six for pneumonia. To earn the Silver Award, a hospital had to achieve or maintain performance between 90 and 100 percent on the Appropriate Care Measure and to have met all other awards requirements. These included collecting data on quality indicators for four quarters beginning October 1, 2010.

CMS and JCAHO targeted these areas as priorities because they measure care for common, serious health conditions that affect all adult patients. The quality measures—such as an initial antibiotic dose within four 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 Tom Cammack, FACHE, CEO, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville. “It was a significant amount of work, but well worth it because it was the right thing to do for our patients.”

Out of 214 participating Texas hospitals, two were presented with the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Gold Award. The Silver Award went to 129 hospitals, and 36 hospitals earned the Bronze Award. Hospitals receiving these awards will be recognized at a special ceremony in Austin on May 3.

“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-Jacksonville for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state.”

For more information on the awards program, see the TMF Health Quality Institute awards Web site at http://award.tmf.org.

About TMF

TMF Health Quality Institute focuses on improving lives by improving the quality of healthcare through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations. For more than 40 years, TMF has helped healthcare providers and practitioners in a variety of settings improve care for their patients. www.tmf.org.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

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 300 physicians and mid-level providers representing 38 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.

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