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Four Texas Health Resources Hospitals Recognized for Quality Care

ARLINGTON, Texas — Four Texas Health Resources hospitals are among the best in the nation at providing safe, reliable and efficient care, according to the country’s largest health care performance improvement alliance. The hospitals achieved top performance in quality in the Premier health care alliance’s QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative.

Four Texas Health Resources Hospitals Recognized for Quality Care

The Top Performing Hospitals for 2013 include Texas Health hospitals in Azle, Cleburne, Kaufman and Stephenville. To be recognized as Top Performers, a hospital had to meet standards of top performance in at least four of six critical domains of care. Texas Health Azle was one of only four hospitals among 333 facilities nationwide to attain top performance in all six domains.

In addition, Texas Health hospitals in Allen, Dallas, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Plano and Southwest Fort Worth were recognized for achievements in the QUEST collaborative during 2012.

“As a health care system that is dedicated to continuous quality improvement, we are encouraged by the way our collaborative effort with other high-performing hospitals has helped us reach higher levels of performance in key areas,” said Daniel Varga, M.D., chief clinical officer and senior executive vice president at Texas Health.

Participating hospitals set aggressive goals for rapid and sustained improvement; achieving excellence on a number of transparent measures; benchmarking performance against one another; and sharing knowledge to customize strategies that improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of care.

Since 2008, QUEST participant hospitals have used transparent and publicly available measures that show they have avoided 92,000 deaths and saved $9.1 billion in costs. Scaled to a national level, hospitals across the U.S. could save 950,000 lives and approximately $93 billion over five years by replicating these practices, according to Premier.

“Through working with other QUEST participants to help each other improve in areas such as quality, safety, patient satisfaction and cost of care, Texas Health is enhancing health care not just in North Texas, but across the country,” said Linda Gerbig, vice president of performance improvement at Texas Health.

An active member of the Premier alliance, Texas Health Resources in January received the 2013 Richard A. Norling Premier Alliance Excellence Award. The award honors the member system that has advanced the alliance’s work the most during the past year through leadership and collaboration with other health systems.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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