CFMCH Receives Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Thursday, 28 June 2007 
 
 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital announced today that it has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Achievement Award from TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas.  TMF established the award program in partnership with Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.

The Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award honors Texas hospitals that are performing quality initiatives aimed at improving outcomes in patient care by recognizing those hospitals that have improved their initial baseline performance on specific national quality measures.

The awards identify hospitals that have improved care on a composite scoring system, called the appropriate care measure (ACM), consisting of ten measures surrounding acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia.  These clinical areas are designated as national health care priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission, the nation’s predominant independent, non-profit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. 

Out of more than 390 eligible Texas hospitals, 63 met the criteria for the highest Award of Excellence. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital was among a group of 25 facilities that were presented with the Quality Improvement Achievement Award, for attaining a minimum 80 percent performance score on the appropriate care measures.  In addition hospitals had to improve a certain number of percentage points from their baseline measurement. 

“To achieve this recognition, we initiated a quality improvement program with an interdisciplinary team, collected and submitted data over five quarters and had to demonstrate signification improvement on all ten of the national quality measures that make up the appropriate care measure,” said Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.  “It was a significant amount of work, but well worth it because it is designed to improve patient outcomes, and that is the right thing to do for our patients.  I’m proud of the efforts of the medical staff and our employees, and we will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts through our collaboration with the TMF Health Quality Institute.” 

“With this significant achievement, it is clear these hospitals are focused on providing high quality care to their patients,” said Tom Manley, chief executive officer of the TMF Health Quality Institute.  “They recognize quality improvement is not only about data, but about people.  These hospitals demonstrate they are dedicated to ensuring their patients receive the right care at the right time, every time.”

More information on the award is available at the TMF Health Quality Institute Award Web site at www.tmf.org/qualityaward.  

Cy-Fair Regional Health Network, a service of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC), is a locally focused health network developed by Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and designed to improve access to primary care services in underserved areas of the Cy-Fair area of northwest Houston.  The network currently comprises Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, a 180-bed acute care hospital located at 10655 Steepletop Drive; Cy-Fair Medical Partners, a physician network that includes four convenient clinics and seven primary care physicians in outlying communities surrounding the hospital; Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center, a minor emergency care facility located at 9110 Barker Cypress; and Cy-Fair Professional Building, a new medical office building currently under construction and slated for completion in fall 2007.  Cy-Fair Regional Health Network is committed to providing northwest Houston families with the same quality health care found at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center.  To learn more about Cy-Fair Regional Health Network, please visit www.CyFairRegionalHealthNetwork.com.  To learn more about Cy-Fair Medical Partners, please visit www.cyfairmedicalpartners.com.