Tyler hospital recognized as PHA Hospital of the Year

Released by the Physician Hospitals of America:

Texas Spine & Joint Hospital (TSJH) in Tyler, Texas, has been recognized by Physician Hospitals of America (PHA) as the 2015 Physician Hospital of the Year. Dr. R. Blake Curd, President of PHA, announced the award on Friday, October 2 at the PHA Executive Summit in Napa, CA "[I]n recognition of your hospital's exceptional quality, outstanding record of community service, and continued leadership in supporting our organization's legislative priorities and grassroots initiatives."

TSJH maintains a stellar reputation and a sizeable local patient population, with a rapidly expanding state and national patient base.  With a continuing focus on patient safety and patient satisfaction, it has achieved impressive growth and national recognition in its first 12 years of operation.

TSJH CNO Deborah Pelton, R.N. said, "Our owners have found a unique and better way to care for our patients while creating a lovely and warm atmosphere for them and their families. This has been reflected in our Five Star Medicare rating for patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) and 90th percentile-plus-ranking with Press Ganey for several years."

TSJH CEO Tony Wahl says: "We are indeed delighted to receive this national award, along with the recognition of our commitment to patient quality care and safety, patient satisfaction, and low infection rates." According to findings in the most recent CMS report, TSJH has had an infection rate that is less than 0.5% for the past nine years. TSJH is below both state and national averages for Medicare spending per patient, saving the government thousands of dollars.

"TSJH a leading hospital in the nation, its owners have dedicated their time and resources to fight for physician-ownership nationally," said Curd, "Dr. Michael Russell and many other leaders from the hospital have been on the forefront of our issues. They have tirelessly worked to educate our local, state, and national legislators on the important differences in physician-ownership.

John Richardson, PHA Executive Director said, "I am honored to award this to TSJH. There is no other entity that is more deserving - they have been true thought leaders and drivers in making care better for Americans."

PHA offers support, advocacy and education to the physician-owned hospital industry, reflecting at all times the best interests of patients, physicians and other providers who play an inextricable and essential role in the provision of healthcare services.