South Texas Health System earns top honors


South Texas Health System earns top honors

South Texas Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

This is the third data-driven award given to South Texas Health System this year, with the system receiving the Texas Hospital Association’s Bill Aston Award for Quality in the non-research, non-teaching hospital category in February, and recognition in May by the TMF Health Quality Institute (the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas) for implementing appropriate care measures similar to what The Joint Commission looks for in its Top Performer program.

This recent recognition was given for “exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical procedures that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thrombo embolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.”

South Texas Health System is one of 620 hospitals in the United States earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures. Valley Regional Medical Center also received the recognition, as reported in the Sept. 26 edition of the VBR e-Brief.

“To the general public, what this Top Performer award should mean is that when you, as a patient, come to a South Texas Health System facility, you can expect that we’re going to ‘get it right’,” said Elmo Lopez Jr., CEO of McAllen Medical Center, South Texas Health System’s largest facility. “It means our facilities provide proven, reliable, and effective care. People should choose their hospital based on this kind of evidence.”