Texas Health Azle Named Top Performer in National Performance Improvement Project

AZLE, Texas — For the second year, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle has been recognized as a top performer in a nationwide performance improvement project designed to improve quality of health care.

The program, called QUEST, is a voluntary, three-year project overseen by Premier Inc. healthcare alliance. Taking part in the project enables Texas Health hospitals to compare results with 144 other hospitals across the country. Participating hospitals work to improve quality, measure progress and share data to create best practices.

The goal is threefold: save lives, safely reduce the cost of care, and deliver the most reliable, effective, evidence-based care.

“Improving quality and patient safety is the number one priority at Texas Health Resources hospitals,” said Michael J. Deegan, M.D., E.D.M., executive vice president and chief clinical and quality officer for Texas Health Resources. “QUEST and other voluntary quality initiatives we participate in propel us to continually raise the bar for quality in our hospitals.”

Texas Health Azle is among 25 percent of hospitals participating in the collaborative that reached top performance thresholds in all three areas measured. Texas Health Azle received awards for top performance on the following goals:

  • Save lives: Eliminate avoidable hospital mortalities.
  • Safely reduce the cost of care: Reduce the costs for each patient's hospitalization.
  • Deliver the most reliable and effective care: Ensure that patients receive every recommended evidence-based care measure.

“Our employees and the physicians on the medical staff have worked diligently to implement best practices learned from within our system and from hospitals across the country,” said Winjie Tang Miao, Texas Health Azle president. “Achieving all three goals for the second year demonstrates that Texas Health Azle has reached new levels of excellence in delivering health care and our patients are the ones to benefit. I applaud our employees and the physicians for their hard work to improve processes that benefit each patient at Texas Health Azle.”

In 2009, Texas Health Azle implemented an electronic health record system which helps hardwire protocols and assists caregivers in treating patients. The record system has been implemented at other Texas Health hospitals allowing caregivers to share information seamlessly and securely as needed to treat patients.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle has served Azle, Springtown, Lake Worth and greater northwest Tarrant and Parker Counties since 1954. The hospital’s services include cardiology, orthopedics, imaging and rehabilitation. Texas Health Azle is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Azle.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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