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2009-09-03 / General Stories

St. Joseph Receives Quality Award

St. Joseph Regional Health Center Recognized for High Quality Health Care - Receives Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Achievement Award

Bryan, TX - St. Joseph Regional Health Center has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Achievement Award, a quality improvement award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, Texas' Medicare Quality Improvement Organization. The award recognizes SJRHC's efforts to improve patient outcomes on select national quality measures. Out of 227 participating Texas hospitals, only 93 met the criteria and were presented with the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Achievement Award, and St. Joseph is the only hospital in the Brazos Valley to receive this award.

Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards honor Texas hospitals that are performing quality initiatives aimed at improving outcomes in patient care by recognizing those hospitals that have improved their performance on specific national quality measures. The awards acknowledge hospitals for improving care related to acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

"To achieve this recognition, we had to demonstrate significant improvement across several national quality measures. Our success illustrates our commitment to patient safety and to delivering quality health care" said Dr. Mark Montgomery, Vice President of Quality at St. Joseph Regional Health Center. "It was a significant amount of work, but well worth it because it was the right thing to do for our patients."

To qualify for the Quality Improvement Achievement Award, St. Joseph had to attain a minimum of 80 percent for the Appropriate Care Measure and to have met all other awards requirements. These included passing validation of three quarters of data, having mortality scores within the projected range, and submitting the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) data. "We know that using proven standards of care can save lives," said Dr. Mark Montgomery. "We will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts to ensure that every person gets the right care at the right time, every time."

About St. Joseph Health System:

St. Joseph Health System, a health ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, is an integrated healthcare system consisting of acute care and long term care facilities, critical access hospitals and rural health clinics in 15 locations within a seven county primary service area. The mission of St. Joseph Health System is to provide excellent healthcare and to promote wellness throughout the Brazos Valley.

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