HCA-Affiliated Kingwood Medical Center has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence TMF®Health Quality Institute. The award recognizes Texas hospitals that have improved care related to acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. “At Kingwood Medical Center, continuously improving the services we provide our patients is top of mind,” said Melinda Stephenson, Kingwood Medical Center CEO. “We are honored to receive the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence in recognition of our advancements, which enable us to continue providing quality care close to home.” Out of 227 participating Texas hospitals, 27 met the criteria and were presented with the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence and 66 were presented with the Quality Improvement Achievement Award. Hospitals receiving these awards were recognized at a special ceremony in Austin on Aug. 27. To earn the Award of Excellence, a hospital had to achieve or maintain performance between 90 and 100 percent on the Appropriate Care Measure and meet all other awards requirements. These included passing validation of three quarters of data (quarters 1-3, 2008), having mortality scores within the projected range and submitting the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey data. Photo: Out of 227 participating Texas Hospitals, Kingwood Medical Center was one of only 27 that qualified. Leadership staff from Kingwood Medical Center, from back left, are: Bryan Lee, CFO; Megan Marietta, COO; Becky Harmon, CNO; and seated is Melinda Stephenson, CEO.

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