SAN MARCOS, TX – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas for improving care related to acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. TMF established the awards program in partnership with The Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.
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.
“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 CTMC CEO/President Sam Huenergardt. “It was a significant amount of work, but well worth it because it was the right thing to do for our patients.”
The awards acknowledge hospitals for improving care related to acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. These clinical areas have been designated as national health care priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, an independent nonprofit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The awards recognize hospitals that are active in quality improvement and have made the required improvement on a composite scoring system, called the Appropriate Care Measure (ACM).
As part of its ongoing expansion of specialty cardiac services, CTMC has been taking steps to provide a higher level of cardiac care to patients. The hospital opened a certified Chest Pain Center in 2011, and an Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Lab will open this summer. The hospital is also pursuing certification as a primary stroke center in further effort to meet the higher-level needs of area residents who would otherwise have to travel to Austin or San Antonio to receive interventional stroke care.
Out of 214 participating Texas hospitals, 2 were presented with the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Gold Award. The Silver Award went to 129 hospitals, and 36 hospitals earned the Bronze Award. Hospitals receiving these awards were recognized at a special ceremony in Austin on May 3.
To earn the Silver Award, a hospital had to achieve or maintain performance between 90 and 100 percent on the Appropriate Care Measure and to have met all other awards requirements. These included collecting data on quality indicators for four rolling quarters beginning October 1, 2010, having mortality scores within the projected range and submitting the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) data. (Data for mortality rates and HCAHPS are not available for critical access hospitals and, therefore, were not part of the awards criteria for these hospitals.)
For more information on the awards program, see the TMF Health Quality Institute awards Web site at http://award.tmf.org.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was 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. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011.
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, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.