Texas Hospital Association

Bill Aston Award for Quality

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Bill Aston

In 2010, the Texas Hospital Association established the Bill Aston Award for Quality through an endowment of the Baylor Health Care System. The Bill Aston Award honors a hospital’s measurable success in improving quality and patient outcomes through the sustained implementation of a national and/or state evidence-based patient care initiative.

The award is named in honor of Bill Aston, Baylor Health Care System board member, former Texas Healthcare Trustees chairman, and long-time leader in and champion for quality and patient safety.

THA congratulates the two 2013 winners of the Bill Aston Award: St. David's Medical Center (Non-Research/Non-Teaching Hospital/Health Care System) and The University of Texas Medical Branch (Academic/Large Teaching Hospital/Health Care System).

St. David’s Medical Center won the 2013 Bill Aston Award for Quality, Category: Non-Research/Nonteaching Hospital/Health Care System

The Texas Hospital Association has honored St. David’s Medical Center with the 2013 Bill Aston Award in the non-research/nonteaching hospital/health care system category in recognition of its blood utilization initiative.

As a result of its blood utilization initiative, St. David’s Medical Center has standardized data reports on blood utilization by physician group, established multidisciplinary committees that meet quarterly and provided physician education on the topic. Most importantly, the hospital has seen a 90 percent decrease in avoidable blood utilization after 15 months.

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The University of Texas was awarded the 2013 Bill Aston Award for Quality, Category: Academic/Large Teaching Hospital/Health Care System

The Texas Hospital Association has honored The University of Texas Medical Branch with the 2013 Bill Aston Award for Quality in the academic/large teaching hospital/health care system category in recognition of its sepsis improvement initiative.

While patients likely will not notice the new protocols that positively impact UTMB’s sepsis rate, the results are powerful – a 70 percent reduction in sepsis mortality and, hence, progress in UTMB’s commitment to improve patient care and save lives. How big of a problem is sepsis? While only 2 percent of all hospitalizations are identified as sepsis-related, the condition accounts for 17 percent of in-hospital deaths.

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Eligibility and Nomination Process

All THA active institutional members, their medical staff members and staff are eligible. Nominated projects must demonstrate improved outcomes in patient care, and be related to a national or state standard for improved patient care. Projects must demonstrate ongoing involvement by both physicians and trustees.


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