Methodist Healthcare Ministries celebrates National Healthcare Quality Week
Recognizing the contributions of quality professionals in delivering expertise to healthcare systems
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. proudly joins the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) and those around the country in celebrating Healthcare Quality Week, Oct. 16-22. The week brings greater recognition for the healthcare quality profession and the contributions and impact these professionals have made in the field.
Year-round, Methodist Healthcare Ministries celebrates healthcare quality by adhering to national practices that measure the clinical performances of hospitals and clinics. Measuring the quality of health care is a necessary step in the process of improving the health outcomes for our patients. This week, in observance of Healthcare Quality Week, Methodist Healthcare Ministries brings special attention to our Commitment to Quality. Each and every team member, from clinical staff to administrative employees, pledged their commitment to provide care and support that is safe, evidence-based, timely and efficient. Further, Methodist Healthcare Ministries proudly displays this commitment on a large building banner adhered to its corporate headquarters located in the South Texas Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, along with signage present in its four owned and operated clinics as a constant reminder to its pledge.
During Healthcare Quality Week, Methodist Healthcare Ministries gives a special recognition to members of its quality department for their promise to help Methodist Healthcare Ministries provide the best care to its patients and clients, and helping to identify areas for improvement. Their embrace of tools and technology like data visualization, electronic health records and diligence in minimizing risks and errors in the workplace, all with a focus on the provision of equitable care delivered with high ethical standards and customer-focused service allows Methodist Healthcare Ministries to positively influence the health outcomes of the patients and clients it serves.
"Patients and families know quality care when they receive it. From the warm welcome when entering a Methodist Healthcare Ministries clinic to the doctor's bedside manner, our patients have come to expect a high standard of care that makes them feel at ease at Methodist Healthcare Ministries," says George Thomas, chief operating officer at Methodist Healthcare Ministries. "Delivering this level of service and care is a team effort. Together, with quality at the helm, Methodist Healthcare Ministries strives to create and maintain an optimal healthcare delivery system that ensures safe, effective, high-quality care for all."
Visit www.nahq.org/hqw to learn about ways you can help promote National Healthcare Quality Week.
NAHQ defines the standard of excellence for the healthcare quality profession and equips professionals and organizations to meet these standards. NAHQ offers the only accredited certification in healthcare quality—the CPHQ—and more than 9,000 professionals across the continuum of healthcare hold this designation. NAHQ also provides extensive educational programming, including the HQ Principles program for those new to the field; preparation programs for CPHQ certification; and the industry-elevating HQ Essentials for advanced and master practitioners in healthcare quality. To learn more, visit www.nahq.org.
About Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating access to health care for uninsured and low-income families through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant-making in 74 counties across South Texas. The mission of Methodist Healthcare Ministries is "Serving Humanity to Honor God" by improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of those least served in the Rio Texas Conference area of The United Methodist Church. The mission also includes Methodist Healthcare Ministries' one-half ownership of the Methodist Healthcare System – the largest healthcare system in South Texas. This creates a unique avenue to ensure the Methodist Healthcare System continues to be a benefit to the community by providing quality care to all and charitable care when needed, and it provides revenue to Methodist Healthcare Ministries for its programs.