February 19, 2019

CHI St. Joseph Health Burleson Hospital Receives TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Award

Bryan, TX, February 19, 2019 – CHI St. Joseph Health Burleson Hospital earned the TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award for undertaking quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and improve its performance on specific national quality measures.

Sponsored by the TMF® Health Quality Institute and hospital associations in several states, the award recognizes hospitals in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Established in 2004, the award is a non-competitive recognition program designed to identify exemplary outcomes achieved by hospitals.

The 2018 TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Award program is based on achievements in 2016-17. Our hospitals performed quality initiatives aimed at improving outcomes in patient care.

To earn gold status, Burleson Hospital reported at least one measure set for Inpatient Quality Reporting and Outpatient Quality Reporting programs and attained a 20-percent improvement in readmissions or a rate of 5 percent or less. Burleson was among 51 hospitals earning this honor.

“This recognition underscores our commitment to patient safety and delivering quality health care,” said CHI St. Joseph Health Burleson Hospital Director of Operations Kurt Sunderman. “Our team works tirelessly throughout the year to ensure a high standard of care for all patients at Burleson Hospital.”

About TMF: TMF Health Quality Institute focuses on improving lives by improving the quality of health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations. For more than 45 years, TMF has helped health care providers and practitioners in a variety of settings improve care for their patients. www.tmf.org

About CHI St. Joseph Health Burleson Hospital: A critical access hospital in Caldwell, CHI St. Joseph Health Burleson Hospital offers a Level IV Trauma Center with 24-hour emergency care, inpatient, outpatient, wellness, imaging, laboratory services and occupational, speech and physical therapy.  It is also home to a Senior Renewal Program, designed to enhance the emotional health of senior adults, providing group psychotherapy and individual and family therapy.  Burleson Hospital, stroke accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services, also provides cardiopulmonary services, providing oxygen therapy and EKGs.

[For more information, please contact Communications Manager Tracy Bates at 713-962-9347 or tbates@st-joseph.org.]


January 29, 2019

Nurse Practitioner Program Brings Texas A&M University Students to CHI St. Joseph Health Rural Clinics

Bryan, TX, January 29, 2019— The state of Texas faces a crisis in patient access to healthcare in rural areas. A new collaboration between Texas A&M University Health Science Center and CHI St. Joseph Health seeks to fill those gaps, while developing a regional pipeline of highly-qualified Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs).

“As a land grant university, we’re committed to preparing Texans to serve Texas,” said Dr. Cindy Weston, Associate Dean for Clinical and Outreach Affairs and Assistant Professor for Texas A&M College of Nursing. “This commitment lies at the heart of our Family Nurse Practitioner program.”

Graduates of the College of Nursing’s existing FNP program have carried out that commitment. More than half of the program’s graduates today have secured positions in rural, medically underserved and healthcare provider shortage areas across the state of Texas.

Through the collaboration of the Health Science Center and CHI St. Joseph Health, leaders like Dr. Weston and Dr. Joe Hlavin, Director of Advanced Practice Clinicians for CHI St. Joseph Health Medical Group, hope to both expand the state-wide impact of the program, while giving students the hands-on experience they need, serving in rural communities.

As clinical partner for the College of Nursing, CHI St. Joseph Health Medical Group will place 10-20 second-year FNP students across 10-12 rural clinic sites, matching them with physicians, nurse practitioners or physician assistants.

“CHI St. Joseph Health is the leading health care system regionally that provides care to a number of rural and underserved communities – including Navasota, Lexington, Hearne and Madisonville,” said Dr. Hlavin, who serves as clinical site coordinator for the program. “We’ll have an opportunity to be integrally involved in the training of these health care professionals while expanding access to care for our underserved populations.”

The true strength of this program, said Dr. Weston, will lie in the two organizations’ shared vision for leadership and selfless service in delivering care to those communities that need it most. Also, CHI St. Joseph Health’s experience in team-based care across both rural and urban clinics means budding FNPs will have a chance to practice to the full extent of their training.

Part of the College of Nursing’s five-year plan includes development of a psychiatric mental health-focused NP program, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

More sources of funding may also open up for the program in the future, said Dr. Hlavin. “We’re applying for a grant through CHI that would allow national placements for nurse practitioners,” he said.

Meanwhile, the College of Nursing has applied for the Health Resources & Services Administration Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant. The grant supports academic clinical partnerships to educate and graduate primary care NPs to practice in rural and underserved communities.

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.


CHI St. Joseph Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises more than 103 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. For more information, visit chistjoseph.org.

About Texas A&M Health Science Center
Texas A&M Health Science Center is Transforming Health through innovative research, education and service in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and medical sciences. As an independent state agency and academic unit of Texas A&M University, the health science center serves the state through campuses in Bryan-College Station, Dallas, Temple, Houston, Round Rock, Kingsville, Corpus Christi and McAllen. Learn more at vitalrecord.tamhsc.edu or follow @TAMHSC on Twitter.

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