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 Little River Healthcare Receives 2014 Gold Quality Award

The growing healthcare network’s flagship hospital in Rockdale beat out several popular area hospitals in Austin, College Station and Temple.

ROCKDALE, TX (June 16, 2014) – In a region full of silver, a fleck of gold caught the eye of Texas Medical Foundation’s Health Quality Institute.

Little River Healthcare’s Rockdale Hospital received the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award last week from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas.

“Every Little River Healthcare employee contributed to this tremendous recognition,” said Kassy Havel, Director of Quality Assurance at Little River Healthcare. “Without hard-working, dedicated individuals, there is no possibility that Little River would have received the Gold Award.”

Little River Healthcare – Rockdale Hospital received the Gold Award over several well-known nearby hospitals, including Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock and College Station Medical Center, each of which received Silver Awards. St. David’s in Austin received a Bronze Award. Little River is also the closest 2014 Gold Award hospital to Temple.

The Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Award program recognizes Texas hospitals that have undertaken quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and improve their performance on specific national quality measures. This program was established in 2004 as a non-competitive recognition program designed to recognize exemplary outcomes achieved by hospitals statewide.

Out of all 313 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS or Acute Care) Hospitals and 80 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) statewide, 33 earned the Gold Award. The Silver Award went to 45 hospitals, and 57 hospitals earned the Bronze Award. Hospitals receiving these awards were recognized at a special ceremony in Austin on June 11. Havel and other members of Little River’s Quality Assurance team were in attendance to accept the award.

“TMF is proud to recognize these hospitals for promoting quality improvement activities and their senior management for promoting a quality culture,” said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute. “Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process, and we thank Little River Helathcare for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state.”

For the award evaluation, Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) were evaluated on the reporting of at least one Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) measure set, as well as the Appropriate Care Measure (ACM) score. The ACM for CAHs focused on indicators for heart failure and pneumonia. The ACM is a composite score that captures whether a patient received all the care he or she was eligible to receive. The ACM score is a measure of how often the hospital gets it right.

“Proven standards of care can save lives,” said Dr. John Weed, Little River Healthcare’s Chief of Medicine. “We will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts through our collaboration with partners and with TMF Health Quality Institute to ensure that every person gets the right care at the right time, every time.”

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