Thursday, May 29, 2014
Medina Regional Hospital Recognized for High Quality Care
Medina Regional Hospital has received the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. The Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Award program, sponsored by TMF, Texas Hospital Association and Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals recognizes Texas hospitals that have undertaken quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and improve their performance on specific national quality measures. This program was established in 2004 as a non-competitive recognition program designed to recognize exemplary outcomes achieved by hospitals statewide.
The 2014 Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Awards, based on achievements in 2012 and 2013, 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.
“We are proud to have achieved this recognition. Our success illustrates our commitment to patient safety and to delivering quality health care,” said Janice Simons, Chief Executive Officer for Medina Regional. “It was a significant amount of work, but well worth it because it was the right thing to do for our patients.”
Out of all 313 Inpatient Hospitals and 80 Critical Access Hospitals, like Medina Regional, statewide, 33 earned the Texas Health Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award. The Silver Award went to 45 hospitals, and 57 hospitals earned the Bronze Award. Hospitals receiving these awards will be recognized at a special ceremony in Austin on June 11.
“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 Medina Regional Hospital for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state.”
“Proven standards of care can save lives,” said Billie Bell, Quality Improvement Director for Medina Regional. “We will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts through our collaboration with partners and with TMF Health Quality Institute to ensure that every person gets the right care at the right time, every time.”
For the award evaluation, Critical Access Hospitals like Medina Regional were evaluated on the reporting of at least one Inpatient Quality Reporting and Outpatient Quality Reporting measure set, as well as the Appropriate Care Measure (ACM) score. The ACM for Critical Access Hospitals focused on indicators for heart failure and pneumonia. The ACM is a composite score that captures whether a patient received all the care he or she was eligible to receive. The ACM score is a measure of how often the hospital gets it right.
CAH Silver Award winners were required to report at least one measure set for both Inpatient and Outpatient Quality Reporting programs during the hospital award period (Q2 2012 through Q3 2013) and had to attain an aggregate ACM score of 90-94 percent on specified clinical measures focused on heart failure and pneumonia.
For more information on the awards program, see the TMF Health Quality Institute awards website at http://award.tmf.org. TMF Health Quality Institute focuses on improving lives by improving the quality of health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations. For more than 40 years, TMF has helped health care providers and practitioners in a variety of settings improve care for their patients. www.tmf.org