DeTar earns award for high-quality care

DeTar Healthcare System earned the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award from TMF Health Quality Institute, which is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas, according to a news release.

The 2014 awards, based on achievements in 2012 and 2013, recognize Texas hospitals that have undertaken quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and improve their performance on specific national quality measures.

"Our success illustrates our commitment to patient safety and to delivering quality health care," said William R. Blanchard, CEO. "It was a significant amount of work but well worth it because it was the right thing to do for our patients."

Of the 313 Inpatient Prospective Payment System, or acute care, hospitals and 80 Critical Access Hospitals statewide, 33 earned the gold award. The silver award went to 45 hospitals, and 57 hospitals earned the bronze award.

"Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process, and we thank DeTar for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state," said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute.

The program is also sponsored by the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals.

"Proven standards of care can save lives," said Blanchard. "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."