SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) was among 14 hospitals recognized by its parent company, Adventist Health System (AHS), for excellence in quality and patient safety. The acknowledgment took place at AHS’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer retreat and conference in Greensboro, Georgia.
Specifically, CTMC received accolades for Best Overall Infection Prevention based on clinical data results for Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) measures. CTMC ranked as having the lowest overall Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) among AHS’s hospitals with 165 beds or less.
“Patient safety is a top priority at CTMC, and we are honored to achieve this accomplishment,” said CTMC Chief Nursing Officer Elsie Graves. “This award signifies the immense effort and dedication from our clinical staff who work to extend our healing ministry every day.”
A hospital’s SIR is the primary summary measure used by the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) to track Healthcare-Associated Infections at a national, state or local level over time. The SIR adjusts for various facility and/or patient-level factors that contribute to HAI risk within each facility. For CTMC, the specific HAI types that are reported include:
· Two Surgical Site Infection Measures (SSI-COLO, SSI-HYST) for patients who have colon surgery or abdominal hysterectomies
· Two Device Related Infection Measures (CLABSI in ICU, CAUTI in ICU)) for patients who have central lines or Foley catheters - (CLABSI= Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection and CAUTI= Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections)
· Two targeted Important Pathogens that can cause HAIs; C.Difficile and MRSA blood stream infections
To learn more about CTMC’s care and services, visit http://www.ctmc.org/care-services.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. For more than 20 consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our website at ctmc.org.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 80,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.