Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Invites Texas Health Resources
07/18/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources announced today it has signed an agreement to participate in the work of the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare (CTH). Texas Health was invited by the Center to join the exclusive group of some of the nation’s leading hospitals and health systems that collaborate to help solve health care’s most critical quality and safety issues.

In late June, Texas Health began working with five other participating organizations on the early identification and treatment of sepsis, or blood poisoning. Texas Health will also participate in future CTH projects.

“Through the dedicated efforts of our employees and medical staff physicians, Texas Health has distinguished itself as highly committed to continually improving quality and patient safety across North Texas,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “We are looking forward to working with fellow visionary health providers to help transform care nationwide.”

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare states its mission is to “transform health care into a high reliability industry and to ensure patients receive the safest, highest quality care they expect and deserve.” The center focuses on some of the biggest, most troublesome issues in health care such as improving hand hygiene and eliminating wrong site surgery. It currently has eight projects underway, including the sepsis reduction work in which Texas Health is participating.

Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening inflammatory response to an infection. Sepsis mortality can be reduced with early detection and the initiation of Early Goal Directed Therapy (EGDT). However, there are multiple barriers to consistent, successful implementation of EGDT. The six hospitals and health centers participating in this project will work with the Center to identify the root causes of barriers to implementing EGDT for sepsis and find solutions that are unique to their organization’s specific causes. These solutions will be tested and validated, and then spread to other organizations.

The Center uses Robust Process Improvement™ (RPI) methods and tools to identify causes and develop solutions in all of its projects. RPI is a fact-based, systematic, and data-driven problem-solving methodology. It incorporates tools and concepts from Lean Six Sigma and change management methodologies. Using RPI, Texas Health and the other project teams will develop solutions to help reduce sepsis mortality.

Participation in the CTH is Texas Health’s latest initiative to collaborate with health care organizations to transform care in North Texas and across the country. Texas Health was an early participant in national quality collaboratives such as the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration, a pay-for-performance program overseen by health care alliance Premier Inc. and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as well as Premier’s QUEST: High Performing Hospitals program.

The system recently announced a 10-year strategic commitment to work with Healthways on physician-directed population health initiatives. Healthways is a pioneer in using evidence-based tools and methods to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

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