The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Methodist Health System with its Texas Award for Performance Excellence, a statewide recognition based on the criteria used to determine the winner of the federal Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Each year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology determines exceptional public and private companies that qualify for the Baldrige award, which, according to its website, is given to companies that demonstrate quality performance excellence and a proven desire to improve. The sitting president presents the recognition.
The Quality Texas Foundation mimicked those requirements for its own statewide award, which recognized Methodist Health System as “a consistent leader in quality care and a state role model for achieving sustained performance excellence.”
Last year, Methodist was the only Texas system to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which gives patients and doctors alike access to resources provided by the renowned Mayo Clinic. The foundation also praised Methodist’s company culture and efforts to improve its patient safety scores, which now are near or better than the top quartile for acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and the surgical care improvement project.
“Recognition through the Texas Award for Performance Excellence is the culmination of a journey to excellence that began with the unfailing dedication of our staff and physicians to live out our mission, vision and values each and every day,” said Methodist Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pamela Stoyanoff. “We are proud to receive this well-respected honor. Achieving this award was a team effort. The examiners cited our family-like culture and emphasis on continual process improvement as key success factors.”
The foundation also recognized Methodist for providing more than $132 million in unreimbursed charity care in 2013, as well as the $1 million that its foundation has donated over the last three years.