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Central Texas Medical Center: News

The Joint Commission Recognizes CTMC as a Top Performer hospital
SAN MARCOS, TX – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) has been recognized as a Top Performer hospital by The Joint Commission.

In their report, Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety, certain hospitals using evidence-based care processes, delivered in the right way and at the right time, were honored. CTMC is the only hospital between Austin and San Antonio to achieve Top Performer hospital status.

“CTMC is honored to receive the Top Performer hospital achievement. It indicates our effort and commitment to compassionate, safe and, quality patient care,” said CTMC President Sam Huenergardt.

The Top Performer designation is based on performance related to accountability measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma care, inpatient psychiatric services, venous thromboembolism (VTE) care, stroke care, and immunization. The Joint Commission worked closely with clinicians, health care providers, hospital associations, performance measurement experts and health care consumers across the nation to identify the quality measures. In this year’s report, CTMC was recognized for excellence in pneumonia and surgical care.

“It's not easy to achieve this honor, and it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in this hospital working together to provide excellent patient care,” said Dr. Erik Anderson, a general surgeon for Live Oak Health Partners.

“A pneumonia diagnosis can be mild to life-threatening, and CTMC is devoted to the recovery of all patients,” said Dr. Fransisco Hernandez, a hospitalist at CTMC. “The Joint Commission’s recognition demonstrates CTMC’s commitment to excellence, and we will continue to cultivate this high caliber of patient care.”

For the survey, hospitals were required to select and report on four measure sets, and each of the recognized hospitals had to achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above for all reported accountability measures. They also had to achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases. In addition, at least one core measure set had to have a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures had to have a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

CTMC is among 1,099 Top Performer hospitals, which makes up 33 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure data. To view the list of Top Performer hospitals and the measure sets for which each was recognized, click here.

In addition to being named in The Joint Commission’s report, Top Performer hospitals are highlighted at and on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check® website –


About CTMC
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 and 2012, 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 has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider in the nation. Today, Adventist Health System supports 44 campuses and employs 79,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more than 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide nursing and rehabilitation center care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.

The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at


Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666