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May 9, 2014

TMF hospital earns award for quality improvement

JACKSONVILLE — Mother Frances Hospital Jacksonville released today that it has achieved a Gold Hospital Quality Improvement Award from TMF Health Quality Institute for 2014. TMF Health Quality Institute announced on May 5, that 135 Texas hospitals have won a 2014 Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Award by achieving gains in key clinical areas designated as national health care priorities. The award recognizes hospitals that undertake efforts to advance the quality of care in their facilities. Leaders from each hospital will meet in Austin on June 11 at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel to receive their awards.

“TMF is proud to recognize these hospitals for promoting quality improvement activities and their senior management for promoting a quality culture,” said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute. “Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process, and we thank these hospitals for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state.”

The 2014 Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Awards, based on achievements in 2012 and 2013, 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 award program recognizes three tiers of winners for their performance: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The criteria include quality data reporting measures as well as readmissions measures. All Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS or Acute Care) Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) across the state were automatically included as participants in the non-competitive 2012-2013 program. Out of all 313 IPPS or Acute Care Hospitals and 80 CAHs statewide, 33 earned the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award. The Silver Award went to 45 hospitals, and 57 hospitals earned the Bronze Award.

During the program year, hospitals focused on making improvements in clinical areas that have been designated a priority for U.S. health care by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. These measures use data associated with providers’ ability to deliver high-quality care or relate to long-term goals for quality health care.

TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas, manages the award program in association with the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals. The award program was established in 2004, and awards are presented every two years.

At the June 11 ceremony, TMF will honor leadership teams from the 135 award-winning hospitals. The event will feature a keynote address from Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, author, speaker and humorist.

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