Pasadena, Texas, June 27, 2012—HCA Affiliated Bayshore Medical Center (BMC) has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. 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 like BMC 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.
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.
“This is a significant achievement that demonstrates our commitment to patient safety and quality healthcare,” said Jeanna Barnard, CEO of Bayshore Medical Center. “Our physicians, nurses, employees and volunteers are dedicated to putting in the tremendous number of hours required to enhance quality improvement efforts because using proven standards saves lives.”
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). For acute care hospitals, the ACM consists of 24 quality indicators: eight AMI, four heart failure, seven pneumonia and five surgical care measures. Critical access hospitals used an ACM score based on 11 quality indicators: four heart failure and seven pneumonia measures.
These CMS/Joint Commission priority areas were targeted because they measure care for common, serious health conditions that affect all adult patients. The quality measures—such as an initial antibiotic dose within four hours of admission for patients with pneumonia—are designed to ensure hospitals provide care consistent with current medical guidelines.
Out of 227 participating Texas hospitals, 27 met the criteria and were presented with the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence.
“As a nonprofit consulting company focused on promoting quality health and health care, TMF is proud to recognize these hospitals for promoting quality improvement activities and their senior management for promoting a quality culture,” said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute. “Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process and we thank Clear Lake Regional Medical Center for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state.”
To earn the Award of Excellence, 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 passing validation of three quarters of data (quarters 1-3, 2008), 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.)
About Bayshore Medical Center
Bayshore Medical Center is the only hospital in Pasadena fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and The Joint Commission. The Bayshore campus is an acute-care facility that has been serving the needs of Southeast Harris County for more than 50 years. Bayshore’s wide range of services include acute care of the medical and surgical patient and specialty services such as: Advanced wound care center; cardiovascular and cardiology services, including open heart; level III neonatal intensive care unit; inpatient pediatric unit; inpatient rehabilitation unit, award-winning maternity services, behavioral health and radiation oncology services. For more information about Bayshore Medical Center visit us at www.bayshoremedical.com
About East Houston Regional Medical Center—a campus of Bayshore Medical Center
East Houston Regional Medical Center is an acute-care facility with the only Level IV Trauma Designated Emergency Center in East Harris County. East Houston Regional Medical Center, a hospital with accreditation by The Joint Commission and the Society of Chest Pain Centers, currently has 131 beds and over 550 employees. East Houston Regional Medical Center offers specialized services in fields such as: The Center for Pain Care; Industrial Medicine Program; Rehabilitation Services; and Diabetes Self-Management Program. With the resources and expertise of Bayshore Medical Center, the East Houston Regional Medical Center campus is able to provide a combination of clinical services and advanced technology for the residents and businesses in the Northeast and Southeast Harris County region. For more information about our services or community programs, visit www.easthoustonrmc.com
About HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, cancer centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 10 Hospitals, 7 ambulatory surgery centers, 6 diagnostic imaging facilities, 6 off-campus emergency centers, a hospital-based express care center, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150 mile radius. For more information visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.
TMF Health Quality Institute is an Austin-based nonprofit consulting company focused on promoting quality health and health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations. TMF partners with health care providers in a variety of settings to ensure that every person receives the appropriate care, every time. www.tmf.org.