Archive for May, 2019

May 28, 2019

CHI St. Joseph Health Earns Top Quality Grade among Brazos Valley Hospitals

Bryan, TX, May 28, 2019—The Leapfrog Group, a national hospital rating organization, has assigned a quality grade of B – the highest grade among Brazos Valley hospitals – to CHI St. Joseph Health. The accountability organization ranks 2,600 hospitals annually.

To assign its quality grade, The Leapfrog Group survey reviews hospital performance on 28 national, publicly-reported patient safety metrics tied to CHI St. Joseph Health processes, structure and outcomes. Those metrics evaluate the health system’s progress on incorporating best practices and evidence-based standards into the care it provides.

“Achieving a B on this survey has been a team effort,” said Theron Park, Market President of CHI St. Joseph Health. “This grade is a testament to the effort our team members and providers make every day to put our patients and families first.”

To earn its rating, the CHI St. Joseph Health team continued in its commitment to safety in both processes and outcomes. The health system earned above the national mean in processes to support patient safety, like safe medication administration, nurse staffing and risk prevention and in survey areas tied to patient experience, like communication with nurses and providers, responsiveness of staff and communication about medication and discharge.

In survey areas related to safety best practices, CHI St. Joseph Health even exceeded the performance of the country’s best performing hospitals in leadership to prevent errors, tracking and reducing risks to patients, nurse staffing and hand hygiene. The health system also rated above the national mean for many Leapfrog measures linked to patient outcomes, tracked from 2015-17.

“Safety is a journey, and it’s a big part of the unparalleled experience we want our patients to have here at CHI St. Joseph Health,” said Park. “The Leapfrog Group survey gives us a chance to celebrate our achievements and identify the opportunities we have to continue improving the standard of quality care we provide here every day.”

For more information on the CHI St. Joseph Health quality score, visit http://www.leapfrog.org.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. health care. Leapfrog is the nation’s premier advocate of hospital transparency – collecting, analyzing and disseminating hospital data to inform value-based purchasing.

About CHI St. Joseph Health
Established in 1936, CHI St. Joseph Health 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. CHI St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital, the region’s highest level trauma center. CHI St. Joseph Health Medical Group operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home.

[For more information, please contact Director of Marketing and Public Relations Heather Bush at 979-774-2165 or hbush@st-joseph.org.]

May 23, 2019

Agreement Signed for College Station Medical Center to Align with CHI St. Joseph Health

BRYAN, Texas—May 23, 2019 – Subsidiaries of Community Health Systems Inc. (NYSE: CYH) have signed an agreement for College Station Medical Center (CSMC) to soon become part of CHI St. Joseph Health. The agreement was signed today, May 23 and the transfer is expected to be complete in the third quarter of this calendar year.

“CHI St. Joseph is excited by the possibility of bringing College Station Medical Center into our system, “ said Theron Park, president and CEO of CHI St. Joseph Health. “This potential alignment can ensure that our healthcare facilities have a strong, sustainable future in the Brazos Valley. In a challenging and changing healthcare environment, this will improve access and service to the College Station community. It also gives us the opportunity to invest capital and expand services at College Station Medical Center, which will only enhance the health of the community and strengthen delivery of healthcare in the Brazos Valley, while also expanding access to the CHI St. Joseph and Texas A&M Health Network,” Park said.

“College Station Medical Center and CHI St. Joseph Health have a solid working relationship,” said America Farrell, Chief Executive Officer, College Station Medical Center. “CHI St. Joseph Health is a high quality institution and we are excited by the possibility of working together to build upon the experience and care we provide for patients in College Station.”

CHI St. Joseph Health is a 236-bed regional hospital with a Level II Trauma Center. College Station Medical Center is a 167-bed community hospital with a Level III Trauma Center. College Station Medical Center will operate as a Catholic healthcare facility once the transfer is complete.
The discussions do not affect day-to-day operations at any of the facilities at this time. The organizations anticipate having more information to share once the transfer is complete.

ABOUT CHI ST. JOSEPH HEALTH: CHI St. Joseph Health includes a comprehensive network of over 100 employed providers including primary care physicians, specialists and advanced practice clinicians. CHI St. Joseph Health is comprised of four hospitals across the Brazos Valley, including Regional Hospital in Bryan-College Station, home to a Level II Major Trauma Center, the highest in the region. As an active member of the Brazos Valley, CHI St. Joseph Health is a leader in providing compassionate care as well as addressing the overall health of the community. It is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) which recently joined with Dignity Health to form CommonSpirit Health, a new nonprofit national health system committed to advancing the health of all people and dedicated to serving the common good. Learn more about CHI St. Joseph Health at CHIStJoseph.org.

ABOUT COLLEGE STATION MEDICAL CENTER: College Station Medical Center, also known as ‘The Med’, is a community health care provider, a 167-bed facility and a licensed Level III Trauma center. College Station Medical Center is the only hospital in the Brazos Valley Region to receive national certification in Joint Replacement from The Joint Commission. The Med is also an accredited Chest Pain with PCI Center, a certified Primary Stroke Center and a certified bariatric center.