Archive for July, 2015

July 28, 2015

St. Joseph Regional Health Center Awarded Studer Group’s Excellence in Patient Care


July 28, 2015

Contact: Heather Bush
Phone: 713-823-9493 cell

Patients have so many choices when it comes to where they will get their healthcare services now that patient satisfaction data is more accessible than it has ever been. Want to know how a hospital rated on communication? It is available. Their ratings on pain management? You can find it.

That is why St. Joseph Regional Health Center is proud to announce being awarded an Excellence in Patient Care award from the Studer Group®. This is the first time that St. Joseph has received this award. The Excellence in Patient Care award is given to first-class organizations that are coached by the Studer Group. To qualify for an award, an organization must demonstrate outstanding performance in patient care. St. Joseph Regional is being recognized for achieving the 90th percentile or higher for “Communication with Nurses” based on patient survey scores for 2014.

“Our teams have been working very hard on this initiative and increasing our performance. This award is a wonderful outcome of this hard work,” said Dina Perez-Graham, MSN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive. “Our nursing teams worked on several targeted initiatives that focused on enhancing the patient experience in order to improve communication.”

Some developments included adjusting the way our team members round to check on patients and modifying the kinds of questions asked when interacting with patients and their families; improving the way we communicate when using white boards in patient rooms to make sure they have the information they need, when they need it; and featuring patient advocacy stories, so our staff can hear the impact they have on our patients and their families and better understand what’s working and where we can continue to improve how we communicate with our patients.

St. Joseph will be recognized at the Studer Group’s 13th annual What’s Right in Health Care® conference in Chicago, Illinois for exemplary “Communication with Nurses” results on the HCAHPS patient survey later this year.

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About St. Joseph Health System

Established in 1936, St. Joseph Health System is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. St. Joseph Health System is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including St. Joseph Regional Health Center, the region’s highest level trauma center. St. Joseph Physician Associates operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. St. Joseph Health System is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. For more information, visit

St. Joseph Health System is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 18 states and comprises more than 90 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 24 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care.

About Studer Group®, a Huron Healthcare solution

A recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Studer Group is an outcomes-based healthcare performance improvement firm that works with healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada, and beyond, teaching them how to achieve, sustain, and accelerate exceptional clinical, operational, and financial results. Working together, we help to get the foundation right so organizations can build a sustainable culture that promotes accountability, fosters innovation, and consistently delivers a great patient experience and the best quality outcomes over time. To learn more about Studer Group, a Huron Healthcare solution, visit

July 10, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Erin Fleener, Dr. Terry Jenkins and Dr. Kumud Tripathy, Medical Oncologists at St. Joseph Cancer Center, for receiving the Super Doctors of Texas 2015 award. A rigorous, multi-step process is designed to help identify physicians who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.