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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Texas Health Resources: Premier AEIX Winner

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Texas Health Resources has been honored by the Premier health care alliance as a winner of the “2010 Premier Patient Safety and Risk Management” award.

Premier is the largest healthcare alliance in the United States serving 1,700 hospitals dedicated to improving patient outcomes while safely reducing the cost of care. Premier presented a total of six awards nationally recognizing best practices in safety and risk management, and Texas Health won three of them.

The Texas Health Resources system was awarded a $5,000 prize for the Patient Safety Direct Observations Program. This innovative program uses a patient safety observation methodology adapted from the nuclear power industry, which is known for its reliability principles and error-reduction in a highly complex environment.

The methodology has been used broadly across our hospitals to help us gain an independent assessment of compliance with a variety of patient safety processes.

Since the Patient Safety Direct Observations Program began six years ago, we have seen a steady reduction in errors and an increase in patient safety within the Texas Health system.

In the next two weeks, I will talk about the patient safety programs at Texas Health Fort Worth and Texas Health Plano that were also honored with national awards for patient safety.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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