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Connally Memorial receives Silver Award


Connally Memorial receives Silver Award
Receiving the Silver Award on behalf of Connally Memorial Medical Center are (from left) Alan Mutz, RN; Sue Tackitt, RN; and Irene Henry, RN (far right). Presenting the award is Texas Medical Foundation trustee Carla F. Ortique, M.D.


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FLORESVILLE -- 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.

Out of 214 participating Texas hospitals, two 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.

These 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).

To earn the Silver Award, Connally Memorial Medical Center had to achieve or maintain performance between 90 and 100 percent on the Appropriate Care Measure and meet all other awards requirements. These included collecting data on quality indicators for four rolling quarters beginning Oct. 1, 2010, having mortality scores within the projected range, and submitting the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) data.

For more information, visit www.connallymmc.org or call Katie Etringer at 830-393-1311.
 

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