Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), a primary teaching hospital for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, recently won the prestigious 2014 UHC Quality Leadership Award.
The award is given annually to academic medical center members that have achieved and demonstrated excellence in delivering high-quality patient care, based on evaluations conducted by the UHC Quality and Accountability Study.
In 2005, the University HealthSystem Consortium launched the study to define which characteristics identified high performance, high quality, and excellent safety in patient healthcare. As a result of the study, a “shared sense of purpose, leadership style, an accountability system, a focus on results and a culture of collaboration,” were all chosen as determining factors. In order to evaluate all these qualities, UHC completes an extensive and unique evaluation process that ranks member organizations’ performance in 6 specific domains: patient mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness and efficiency.
This year, the methodology was refined with new enhanced measures related to safety, including “hospital-acquired infections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network and new metrics on venous thromboembolism based on The Joint Commission’s National Quality Core Measures,” as explained in a press release.
Award winners were announced at the 2014 UHC Annual Conference in Las Vegas, and Memorial Hermann-TMC was one of the 12 member hospitals chosen as a 2014 UHC Quality Leadership Award winner.
“There are national rankings tied predominantly to popularity, and then there is true performance as measured by the UHC metrics. Being among the top teaching hospitals in the country makes us very proud and reflects our institution’s new culture, which has been realized by establishing a vice dean and vice chair for quality and safety,” said Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D., dean of the UTHealth Medical School and president of UTHealth. “This academic collaboration is a tremendous asset to our community and state, and we are incredibly proud of this recognition.”
Irene M. Thompson, UHC’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement: “UHC commends these academic medical centers for their strong commitment to providing high-quality patient care throughout their clinical enterprises.”
The hospital staff was awarded particularly high marks, said Craig Cordola, CEO of Memorial Hermann-TMC. “This is one of the most prestigious awards in the industry, and I am thrilled that Memorial Hermann-TMC is included on this year’s list of top-performing academic medical centers in the country (…) Because our campus is built on a long-term affiliation with UTHealth Medical School, along with our dedicated private physician partners, we are able to bring together a world-class team of clinicians, researchers and educators under one roof. I want to personally thank all of the members of that hardworking and talented team for helping us achieve this incredible honor.”