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Joint Commission Names Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman Among Nation’s Best for Pneumonia, Surgical Care

KAUFMAN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman has been named one of the nation’s top performers in two key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditation agency of health care organizations in the United States.

Texas Health Kaufman was recognized for evidence-based clinical processes that improve outcomes for patients with pneumonia and those undergoing surgery. Less than 15 percent of U.S. hospitals achieved the honor.

“This honor reflects our commitment to evidence-based practices that help ensure quality outcomes,” said Patsy Youngs, president of Texas Health Kaufman. “I’m proud of the work that our team does every day to improve the lives of our patients.”

The Top Performers on Key Quality Measures program is designed as an incentive for better performance on accountability measures and to support organizations in their quest to do better, according to the commission.

“This honor shows what we can achieve when nurses and doctors on our medical staff work together as a team, with the focus of improving the health of our patients through quality care,” Youngs added.

To achieve the honor, Texas Health Kaufman met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target in all accountability measures for pneumonia and surgical care, the commission said.

“We’re very proud that through evidence-based medicine and a commitment to putting patients first, we’re continually improving the quality of care we provide,” said Dr. Mark Sij, Texas Health Kaufman’s chief quality officer. “This recognition is very exciting for everyone who has put so much effort into fulfilling our mission to improve the health of the people in the Kaufman community.”

Texas Health Kaufman will be recognized in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report.

The new top performer program highlights hospitals’ performances on accountability measures, which are specific things hospitals and physicians on their medical staffs can do to have the greatest positive impact on patient outcomes.

Examples of these evidence-based accountability measures are giving aspirin before and after arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics before surgery, and providing a home management plan for children with asthma.

To be a top performer in pneumonia care, Texas Health Kaufman had to provide appropriate vaccinations, properly administer antibiotics, and perform blood cultures within a certain amount of time of patients’ arrival at the hospital. To achieve top performer for surgical care, Texas Health Kaufman had to provide appropriate preventative antibiotics to patients undergoing a surgical procedure — and discontinue the antibiotics within a certain timeframe. Physicians also had to pay close attention to the medication needs of cardiac patients and take proper steps prevent blood clots.

“We’re proud that the work we do every day is making a difference in people’s lives,” said Denise Claussen, chief nursing officer at Texas Health Kaufman. “It’s a labor of love for all our nurses and physicians on the hospital’s medical staff.”

The Joint Commission quality recognition is one of several high-level honors Texas Health Kaufman has received recently for quality care:

  • In 2010, Texas Health Kaufman was recognized for high performance in a national quality incentive project by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The hospital was recognized for the treatment of patients suffering from heart failure, acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), and pneumonia — three of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. The hospital was also recognized for quality care of surgical patients.
  • For two straight years, Texas Health Kaufman’s respiratory program has been honored for quality respiratory care and patient safety by the American Association for Respiratory Care. Less than 15 percent of hospitals in the United States receive the honor, which recognizes respiratory programs that meet the high standards set by the association for treating asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, and other lung conditions.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women’s services, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation and pain management services. Texas Health Kaufman, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, was recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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