CTMC recognized by premier, Inc. for safe, efficient and effective care
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
— Premier, Inc. has recognized Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) as a QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare finalist for delivering high-quality, cost-effective healthcare.
Only 37 hospitals received finalist recognition for achieving top performance in any five of the six areas measured in Premier’s QUEST collaborative, including harm, mortality, readmissions, costs, patient experience and evidence-based care.
CTMC was honored during Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio.
“Participation in this collaborative reinforces our commitment to reliably deliver the best care experience to the communities we serve,” said CTMC CEO/President Sam Huenergardt. “We’re proud to be a finalist for the QUEST Award as we continue down our path of improving patient outcomes.”
Specifically, CTMC is being recognized for:
• Obtaining a mortality rate at least 15 percent less than expected;
• Reducing the average cost of care to less than $5,690 per discharge;
• Reliably delivering all evidence-based care measures to patients in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care at least 95 percent of the time;
• Improving the hospital experience so that patients favorably rate their stay and would recommend the facility to others at least 73 percent of the time;
• Reducing preventable harm events; and
QUEST is a performance improvement collaborative of approximately 350 hospitals working to make healthcare safer, more efficient and consistently effective. Approximately 330 QUEST hospitals were eligible for the QUEST Award for High-value Healthcare.
Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO, said, “QUEST hospitals have a really fresh perspective on the state of health care today, which they’re using to rethink the way care is provided and design innovative changes that impact our future. It’s no easy task for health systems to do this on their own, so they work together to capitalize on the power of information. Our vision is to outperform this industry together, on our own terms, which is exactly what CTMC is doing. Premier congratulates them for the fantastic achievements they’ve made.”
The nation’s leading hospitals created QUEST to set new standards in healthcare that ensure the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care. In five and a half years, they have saved more than 136,000 lives and $11.6 billion.
Top performance thresholds were established at the top quartile of performance from a baseline period in all measures except cost of care, which was based on the median of the total inpatient cost per case mix adjusted discharge. Top performance methodology for each dimension varied depending on the unique measure calculation and methodology.
Additionally, several Adventist Health System (AHS) hospitals received a total of 25 awards at the Premier, Inc.’s Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition, more than any other health system. AHS was selected for the Supply Chain Innovations Award for its multi-disciplinary team's approach and the value analysis process behind the PICC Line Collaborative over the course of 2013. AHS is one of only four Premier members to receive the award this year, which recognizes members who worked with Premier to introduce the most innovative, high-impact supply chain improvement ideas.
For more information about CTMC or Adventist Health System, visit ctmc.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, 2011, 2012 and 2013, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
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 70,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.About Premier, Inc.
Premier, Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,000 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Foursquare and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.¬