NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 29 HealthLeaders-InterStudy, aleading provider of healthcare market intelligence, reports that significantchanges in organization and leadership at major Dallas health systems isshifting the focus of care delivery from operational performance to clinicalperformance. According to the newly released Dallas Market Overview, officialswith Texas Health Resources, Baylor Health Care System and Parkland MemorialHospital have each taken steps to implement strategies that will helpstandardize best practices, engage physicians and coordinate care.
"Quality initiatives in north Texas will likely keep area hospitals at theforefront of a national trend to standardize evidence-based medicine andimprove patient safety," states Renee Burnham, assistant managing editor forHealthLeaders-InterStudy and author of the report.
In February 2008, Texas Health Resources officials appointed a chiefnursing executive who will oversee the standardization and alignment ofnursing care across the system by implementing evidence-based clinical andmanagerial standards. The plan also calls for each Texas Health Resourceshospital to have a full- or part-time physician on staff (depending on thesize of the hospital) to lead clinical quality efforts.
Baylor Health Care System officials are continuing their clinicaltransformation initiative that aims to change the way care is delivered systemwide. The effort, which began more than eight years ago, includes a commitmentfrom the board of directors and a central infrastructure for managing theclinical and nonclinical aspects of process improvement. The efforts appear tobe fruitful as Baylor in 2008 became the 15th annual recipient of the NationalQuality Healthcare Award, an honor awarded to healthcare organizations thatachieve meaningful and sustainable quality improvement.
While Parkland Memorial Hospital relies on faculty and residents of TheUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to provide care to patients,the public hospital has hired a small medical staff of its own to guidequality and process-improvement efforts. During 2007, the hospital appointednew medical directors for surgery, quality and performance improvement,medicine, community-oriented primary clinics, obstetrics and ambulatory care.
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