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05/9/2012 - CARROLLTON, TEXAS-- Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas.
The award illustrates Baylor Carrollton's commitment to delivering quality care to every patient, every time. The Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards recognize hospitals that have demonstrated excellence in health care quality through improved performance on national quality measures. Out of 214 participating Texas hospitals, two were presented with the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Gold Award. The Silver Award went to 118 hospitals, and 35 hospitals earned the Bronze Award. Hospitals receiving these awards were recognized at a special ceremony in Austin on May 3.
The award acknowledges the hospital for improving care related to acute myocardial infarction or AMI, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. These are national health care priorities set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission. The award also recognizes that the hospital has undertaken quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and has improved its performance on specific national quality measures. Hospitals qualify for an award based on a composite scoring system, called the Appropriate Care Measure.
“Recognition by TMF® Quality Institute demonstrates our commitment to quality improvement,” said Mike Sanborn, president, Baylor Carrollton. “We are always working to improve the quality of care our patients receive, and we’re pleased to be recognized for our work in improving quality of care related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.”
Hospital size was not a factor in determining who received an award. Hospitals were scored based on data taken from an aggregate rate for four rolling quarters of Appropriate Care Measure numbers. This was based on 12 months of data abstracted from hospital discharge records from October 1, 2010, through September 20, 2011.
“We know that using proven standards of care can save lives,” said Anita Hunt, director of health care improvement at Baylor Carrollton. “We will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts through collaboration with the physicians on our medical staff and TMF® Health Quality Institute to ensure our community can trust us to deliver high quality care.”
For more information on the awards program, see the TMF® Health Quality Institute awards website at http://award.tmf.org.
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