Corpus Christi Medical Center has been named one of the nation's performance improvement leaders by Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

Corpus Christi Medical Center and its senior management team were recognized for being one of 100 hospitals making the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five consecutive years between 2002 and 2006.

The 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals(r): Performance Improvement Leaders have set national benchmarks for the rate and consistency of improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency, and financial stability.

Corpus Christi Medical Center and its medical staff have made major strides in increasing the quality and efficiency of services locally, the study said.

Corpus Christi Medical Center includes four hospitals: Doctors Regional, Bay Area, The Heart Hospital and Northwest.

Findings from the fifth edition of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals(r): Performance Improvement Leaders study appear in the Aug. 11 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

"Corpus Christi Medical Center is dedicated to making every effort to ensure the highest quality of patient care and patient safety," said Jim Montgomery, chief operating officer and president of Corpus Christi Medical Center. "The leadership award is a compliment to the hospital's ability to strengthen its performance and provide greater value to its patients and the community. We are proud of our employees and our physicians' ability to provide quality care to our patients."

"This study identifies superior leadership, based on the success of hospital executive teams' long-term strategies for strengthening performance," added Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters. "These are true 'good-to-great' leadership teams that have focused on improving quality, efficiency, use of evidence-based medicine, and financial stability in order to better serve their patients and communities."

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from years 2002 through 2006, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services outpatient data.

The study rated hospitals on eight factors; patient mortality, medical complications, patient safety, length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, and use of evidence-based medicine.

Researchers evaluated 2,867 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals grouped into five categories: major teaching hospitals, other teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium-sized community hospitals, and small community hospitals.

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