West Houston Medical Center September 15, 2011

Houston, TX., September 15, 2011— West Houston Medical Center (WHMC) announces being named one of the top performers in using evidence-based care processes to improve patient outcomes by The Joint Commission. WHMC is one of 405 organizations identified as attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for the full year of 2010. These recognized facilities represent approximately 14 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals that report core measure performance data.

“This has truly been a testament to the commitment of our entire staff.  I am proud to work with a great group of people who are committed to excellence,” said Todd Caliva, CEO of WHMC. “I am also honored to work with a medical staff that has shown leadership and foresight in using evidence based treatments.  This is validation that everyone’s hard work and dedication is paying off and that our patients are benefiting.”

West Houston Medical Center is a top performer in surgical, heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia care and was chosen based on its quality improvement efforts in these areas to create better outcomes for patients and ultimately a healthier community. As a result of hospitals that, like WHMC, have used evidence based care processes in patient care— a tremendous improvement in performance has been measured over the past nine years.

The Joint Commission’s sixth annual report, which presents scientific evidence of hospital performance and how it relates to common medical conditions and procedures, demonstrates continual improvement on accountability measures over a nine-year period. The newest data shows significant progress in consistently using evidence-based treatments. In 2002, hospitals achieved 81.8 percent composite performance on 957,000 opportunities to perform care processes related to accountability measures. In 2010, hospitals achieved 96.6 percent composite performance on 12.3 million opportunities – a nine-year improvement of 14.8 percentage points

“I am so thrilled and honored that West Houston Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer,” said Rhonda Delaney, Director of Quality at WHMC. “Our Clinical and Quality staff work as a cohesive team to ensure that our patients receive the benefits accorded by these evidence based processes. I really believe that this achievement is indicative of the strength of that teamwork and dedication to patient care, and reflects the culture of our organization and leadership.”

About West Houston Medical Center

West Houston Medical Center is a 276-bed full service hospital located on Richmond Avenue just east of Dairy Ashford.  The hospital has served the community for more than 25 years with 24 hour emergency services; an open heart surgery program; neurosurgery program; inpatient and outpatient surgery and diagnostic services; bariatric services; wound care and many more. West Houston Medical Center is also home to The Woman’s Hospital of Texas at West Houston.  In Sugar Land, the Sugar Land Cancer Center and the Sugar Land Diagnostic Center are located on the Southwest Freeway at the Williams Trace and Sugar Lakes exit.  The diagnostic center and the cancer center facilities are departments of West Houston Medical Center. Visit us at www.westhoustonmedical.com