Major Dallas Health Systems Implement Quality Initiatives To Enhance Clinical Performance

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of healthcare market intelligence, reports that significant changes in organization and leadership at major Dallas health systems is shifting the focus of care delivery from operational performance to clinical performance. According to the newly released Dallas Market Overview, officials with Texas Health Resources, Baylor Health Care System and Parkland Memorial Hospital have each taken steps to implement strategies that will help standardize best practices, engage physicians and coordinate care.

"Quality initiatives in north Texas will likely keep area hospitals at the forefront of a national trend to standardize evidence-based medicine and improve patient safety," states Renee Burnham, assistant managing editor for HealthLeaders-InterStudy and author of the report.

In February 2008, Texas Health Resources officials appointed a chief nursing executive who will oversee the standardization and alignment of nursing care across the system by implementing evidence-based clinical and managerial standards. The plan also calls for each Texas Health Resources hospital to have a full- or part-time physician on staff (depending on the size of the hospital) to lead clinical quality efforts.

Baylor Health Care System officials are continuing their clinical transformation initiative that aims to change the way care is delivered system wide. The effort, which began more than eight years ago, includes a commitment from the board of directors and a central infrastructure for managing the clinical and nonclinical aspects of process improvement. The efforts appear to be fruitful as Baylor in 2008 became the 15th annual recipient of the National Quality Healthcare Award, an honor awarded to healthcare organizations that achieve meaningful and sustainable quality improvement.

While Parkland Memorial Hospital relies on faculty and residents of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to provide care to patients, the public hospital has hired a small medical staff of its own to guide quality and process-improvement efforts. During 2007, the hospital appointed new medical directors for surgery, quality and performance improvement, medicine, community-oriented primary clinics, obstetrics and ambulatory care.

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