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Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Wins 2014 UHC Quality Leadership Award

In late October it was announced that Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center won the prestigious 2014 University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality Leadership Award. The annual award is given to academic medical center members that have demonstrated excellence in delivering high-quality patient care, as measured by the UHC Quality and Accountability Study.

UHCQualityLeadershipWinner_2014In 2005, UHC launched the study to define attributes associated with high performance in both quality and safety. The study ultimately identified the following five attributes of high-performing organizations: a shared sense of purpose, leadership style, an accountability system, a focus on results and a culture of collaboration. To determine the Quality Leadership Award winners, UHC completes an extensive evaluation process that ranks member organizations’ performance in six key domains: patient mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness and efficiency.

This year the award methodology was refined with enhanced measures related to the safety domain, including measures for 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. Award recipients were announced at the 2014 UHC Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Memorial Hermann-TMC was one of only12 member hospitals across the country chosen as a 2014 UHC Quality Leadership Award winner.

“UHC commends these academic medical centers for their strong commitment to providing high-quality patient care throughout their clinical enterprises,” said Irene M.Thompson, UHC’s president and chief executive officer.

Craig Cordola, CEO of Memorial Hermann-TMC, was quick to give credit to hospital staff. “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,” he said. “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.”

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