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Six Texas Health Resources Hospitals Recognized in National Performance Improvement Project
06/15/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas — Six Texas Health Resources hospitals have been recognized as top performers in a nationwide performance improvement project for their efforts in saving lives, safely reducing the cost of care and delivering the most reliable and effective care. Honored for their quality efforts were:

  • Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville

The hospitals were among 93 nationwide recognized for their achievement in the QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative. Overseen by the Premier Inc. health care alliance, QUEST is a voluntary project that enables Texas Health hospitals to compare their quality results with 250 hospitals nationwide. The Texas Health hospitals, which have participated for all three years of the project, received honorable mention recognition in Premier’s QUEST Award for High Value Healthcare program.

“Texas Health joined QUEST to compete against the best of the best hospitals that participate with Premier nationwide toward our common goal of improving quality and patient safety,” said Mark Lester, M.D., interim chief quality officer for Texas Health Resources. “Three years of participation in QUEST has given Texas Health the opportunity to evaluate our progress and see how we compare with other quality improvement-minded health care providers.”

The six Texas Health hospitals were recognized for achieving top performance in the following goals:

  • Save lives: Eliminate avoidable hospital mortalities.
  • Safely reduce the cost of care: Reduce the costs for each patient's hospitalization.
  • Deliver the most reliable and effective care: Ensure that patients receive every recommended evidence-based care measure.

One of the most significant quality improvements that Texas Health has made since beginning its participation in QUEST has been to integrate core quality measures into its electronic health record (EHR), according to Lester. “This has enabled us to ‘hardwire’ quality improvement processes into the care we provide each patient.”

Texas Health recently became one of the first health care providers nationwide to receive federal Medicare incentive payments for adopting an EHR to advance quality and patient safety.

“Texas Health is dedicated to continuous quality improvement,” said Lester. “We’re encouraged by the way our work with other high-performing hospitals has helped us reach higher levels of performance in safety, quality, cost, satisfaction and cost of care.”

For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit TexasHealth.org.

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