Prestigious Quality AwardPictured from (l to r) Alan Mutz, RN, Sue Tackitt, RN, Carla F. Ortique, MD, TMF Board of Trustee and Irene Henry, RN

Connally Memorial Medical Center Receives Prestigious Quality Award

Connally Memorial Medical Center has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Silver Award from Texas Medical Foundation (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 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.

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 27 quality indicators: 7 AMI, 4 heart failure, 6 pneumonia and 10 surgical care measures. Critical access hospitals used an ACM score based on 10 quality indicators: 4 heart failure and 6 pneumonia measures.

CMS and The Joint Commission targeted these areas as priorities 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 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.

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

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.)