Hospitals cited for record of improvements

By Russell Rian


For more than a year, physicians and nurses at UT Southwestern University Hospitals have teamed with record keepers, administrators and support personnel in a focused effort aimed at pleasing one person: the patient.

The efforts at UT Southwestern University Hospital – St. Paul did not go unnoticed. In July, the facility received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Achievement Award for initiatives on patient care for heart conditions and surgery. The award is given by TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas.

The awards acknowledge hospitals for improving care related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“We are extremely pleased by this latest award,” said Sharon Riley, vice president and chief executive officer for UT Southwestern University Hospitals. “It serves as another independent indicator that our ongoing efforts to provide the best possible care for every patient every day are indeed effective.

“Awards such as these speak volumes about the conscientious and heartfelt effort that the hospitals’ team of caregivers brings to work with them every day — from the physicians and nurses to the administrative and other support personnel needed to track it all. Each is a critical contributor to our success and, most importantly, to each patient’s success. I know, walking through the hallways every day, how important it is to everyone here that their patient enjoy the same level of care and concern that they would want for their own family member.”