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Texas Health Stephenville Recognized for Quality Care
04/01/2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is among the best in the nation at providing safe, reliable and efficient care, according to the country’s largest health care performance improvement alliance.

Texas Health Stephenville Recognized for Quality Care

Texas Health Stephenville is one of only 48 out of 333 hospitals nationwide to achieve top performance in at least four of six areas of care in the Premier health care alliance’s QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative.

“This is a great tribute to the employees and physicians of Texas Health Stephenville,” said Christopher Leu, hospital president. “They are committed to applying lessons learned from hospitals around the country to improving care for the people in the community we’re privileged to serve.”

Specifically, Texas Health Stephenville is being recognized for:

  • Reducing the average cost of care to less than $5,690 per discharge;
  • Improving the hospital experience so that patients favorably rate their stay and would recommend the facility to others at least 73 percent of the time;
  • Reducing preventable harm events; and
  • Reducing readmissions by at least 12 percent.

“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 Jerry Heflin, M.D., chief medical officer for Texas Health Stephenville.

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 Stephenville is enhancing health care not just in our community, but across the country,” said Suzanne Pilette, quality director at Texas Health Stephenville.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a full-service acute care facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital offers surgical services, women’s and infants’ services, advanced diagnostic imaging, sleep lab and wound care services. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has received national accreditation as a Level IV Trauma Center, Cycle III Chest Pain Center and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The hospital was named a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization and received Pathway to Excellence® designation for a work environment that supports nurses.

For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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