Scott & White Hospital – Brenham Wins Health Care Quality Award

By: Scott Clark, Scott & White Hospital
By: Scott Clark, Scott & White Hospital

BRENHAM, Texas For the second time in a row, Scott & White Hospital – Brenham has received the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare quality improvement organization for Texas.

“This award is all about our commitment to patient care, patient safety and patient satisfaction,” said Michael R. Schlabach, MD, MPH, medical director for Scott & White Brenham, and chief medical officer of Scott & White Hospital – Brenham. “And when we focus on providing the highest quality of care, patients’ lives are improved and may even be saved.”

The Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Award program, sponsored by TMF in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association (THA) and the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (TORCH), recognizes Texas hospitals that meet a stringent set of procedures during each and every patient encounter to improve care. The primary areas involved include surgery, pneumonia, congestive heart failure and heart attack. Across the state 45 hospitals received the Silver Award for the 2012-2013 time period; 33 Texas hospitals received Gold Award, and 57 received Bronze.

“Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process, and we thank Scott & White Hospital – Brenham for its commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state,” said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute.

The award resulted from the efforts of all staff members across the hospital.

“Every single person who serves our patients directly or indirectly has shown commitment to delivering high quality care," said Michael Pittman, FACHE, RN, chief operating officer (COO) and chief nursing officer (CNO) of Scott & White Hospital – Brenham.

For example, the national quality measure for surgery requires the patient to receive an antibiotic at a specific time prior to a procedure. For a heart attack patient, the standard of care includes the timeliness of receiving an aspirin and detailed instructions for care once the patient leaves the hospital. Other areas of focus center on pneumonia diagnosis and care, as well as treatment for heart failure.

“Our staff, from housekeepers to medical staff to food service workers to the front desk, demonstrates best practices day in and day out,” said Pittman.

To earn the Silver Award, a hospital had to meet 90 percent of the eligible measures and reduction of re-admissions within 30 days by between nine percent and 12 percent.

According to Pittman, Scott & White Hospital – Brenham quality care improvements are woven into its everyday business and are ongoing. “Proven standards of care can save lives,” he said. “We will continue to enhance our quality improvement to achieve the goal of having every patient get the right care at the right time, every time.”

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