Local Hospital Receives Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Award

Conroe, TX, May 9, 2014— Conroe Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has received the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. The Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Award program, sponsored by TMF, Texas Hospital Association and Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals recognizes Texas hospitals that have undertaken quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and improve their performance on specific national quality measures. This program was established in 2004 as a non-competitive recognition program designed to recognize exemplary outcomes achieved by hospitals statewide.

The 2014 Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Awards, based on achievements in 2012 and 2013, 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.

“We are proud to have achieved this recognition. Our success illustrates our commitment to patient safety and to delivering quality health care,” said Matt Davis, CEO of CRMC. “It was a significant amount of work, but well worth it because it was the right thing to do for our patients.”

Out of all 313 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS or Acute Care) Hospitals and 80 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) statewide, 33 earned the Texas Health Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award. The Silver Award went to 45 hospitals, and 57 hospitals earned the Bronze Award. Hospitals receiving these awards were recognized at a special ceremony in Austin on June 11.

“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 Conroe Regional Medical Center for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state.”

“Proven standards of care can save lives,” said Matt Davis, CEO of CRMC. “We will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts through our collaboration with partners and with TMF Health Quality Institute to ensure that every person gets the right care at the right time, every time.”

For the award evaluation, IPPS hospitals were separated into two groups – those eligible for value-based purchasing (VBP) and those not eligible for VBP, as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

To earn the Silver Award, a Prospective Payment System VBP-eligible hospital had to meet FY 2013 CMS VBP achievement thresholds for 90 percent of the eligible measures and was required to meet the 2010 national median threshold for at least 60 percent of submitted chart-abstracted Outpatient Quality Reporting. In addition, Silver Award winners had to demonstrate 15 percent relative improvement in reduction of readmissions during the award evaluation period, or an absolute readmissions rate of 9 percent to 12 percent.

For more information on the awards program, see the TMF Health Quality Institute awards website at http://award.tmf.org.

About Conroe Regional Medical Center

Conroe Regional Medical Center is a tertiary acute care hospital that has been serving the community for more than 75 years. It provides a 24-hour Trauma III emergency care center, Level III neonatal intensive care, critical care, cardiac care services and has a Satellite Imaging Center – Lake Area Imaging in Montgomery. CRMC is a Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, has an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, TMF Award of Excellence in Quality, an American College of Radiology Award full Accreditation for Quality and Excellence in MRI, and Pathway to Excellence Designation for nursing care. CRMC has a recognized women’s center, physical therapy, radiology, hyperbaric medicine diagnostic/imaging services and wound care facilities. For more information on Conroe Regional Medical Center’s programs and services call, 936-539-1111 or go to www.conroeregional.com

About TMF

TMF Health Quality Institute focuses on improving lives by improving the quality of health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations. For more than 40 years, TMF has helped health care providers and practitioners in a variety of settings improve care for their patients. www.tmf.org