In this issue:

From the CEO’s Desk

Hospitals across the nation have made great strides in improving quality and patient safety. A report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality last December showed an unprecedented 39 percent reduction in preventable patient harm in U.S. hospitals compared to the 2010 baseline. This has resulted in 2.1 million fewer patients harmed, 87,000 lives saved, and nearly $20 billion in cost savings from 2010 to 2014. While this is great news, hospitals must ensure they maintain their progress. I hope you will consider participating in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, the newest health care improvement project from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The Texas Hospital Association is leading Texas hospitals in this important new initiative that aims to reduce all-cause harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent.

As always, the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange also is here to help you in your efforts to create a safer workplace. From phone consultations to customized in-person workshops, our services can help you identify risks and apply best practices to establish a culture of safety. Please feel free to contact me for more information on these and any of our services.

Tess Frazier
Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange

Subscriber Spotlight: Dimmit Regional Hospital

On Sept. 10, Dimmit Regional Hospital in Carrizo Springs hosted a fundraiser benefitting the DRH Women’s Imaging Center Campaign. The Casino Royale Gala offered an evening of dinner, dancing and casino games. Attendees also enjoyed performances from country singer Gabe Garcia and DJ E-Li. The hospital kicked off its Women’s Imaging Center Campaign in January to raise funds for the construction of a women’s center that will offer mammography, ultrasound and bone density services to the community. Learn more about Dimmit Regional Hospital on its website.

Dimmit Annual Fundraiser

Upcoming Hot Topics Workshops Offer Great Education and Good Company

Hot Topics Workshops

Learn about the hottest issues in health care and catch up with colleagues at one of the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange’s upcoming Hot Topics Workshops. Coming up Oct. 12-13 in Fredericksburg and Nov. 2-3 in Corpus Christi, the workshops will feature a full day of education as well as a fun golf tournament. Best of all, they’re free for THIE subscribers! For more information, including full agendas, go to the THIE website.

Catch Up on Hospital News and Events

From Seymour Hospital’s expansion to Mitchell County Hospital District’s new rural health clinic, Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange subscribers just keep growing! Read more news from THIE subscribers around the state on the THIE website. If you have your own news you’d like to share, please send it to Robert Babcock.

Registration Open for THA 2017 Annual Conference and Expo

As a member of the Texas Hospital Association family of companies, the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange is a proud supporter of the THA 2017 Annual Conference and Expo. This year’s conference is coming up Jan. 26-27 at the JW Marriott Austin, one of the newest luxury hotels in the capital city. From fun networking opportunities to great education on today’s most pressing health care issues, this event has it all. Early registration ends Nov. 7, so don’t wait to get the best rates. For more information, go to the THA website.

THA Now Accepting Award Nominations

The Texas Hospital Association is now accepting nominations for its annual awards, which will be presented during the THA 2017 Annual Conference and Expo Jan. 26-27 in Austin. These awards are testament to the creative, hardworking and dedicated individuals and organizations providing health care to Texas communities. They include:

  • New! The Legends Award;
  • The Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration;
  • The Bill Aston Award for Quality;
  • The Excellence in Community Service Award; and
  • The Pioneer Award.

Nominations are due Friday, Sept. 30. For more information, including nomination forms, go to the THA website.

Tess Frazier
Tess Frazier
Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange