Texas Health Resources Receives THA’s Bill Aston Award for Quality

Recognized for Their Comprehensive Sepsis Workgroup



Carrie Williams 
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(AUSTIN, Texas – March 10, 2021)  – The Texas Hospital Association named Texas Health Resources in Arlington as a recipient of the 2020 Bill Aston Award for Quality.

The THA Bill Aston Award for Quality 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.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sepsis attributes nearly 270,000 deaths in the United States annually, with expenses approaching $20 billion per year. Because of sepsis’ impact, Texas Health Resources adopted sepsis mortality as a key performance indicator to decrease mortality in 2016.

The Comprehensive Sepsis Workgroup focuses on standardizing how Texas Health Resources cares for sepsis patients and consists of members from various disciplines, including quality, nursing, laboratory, pharmacy, physicians, clinical decision support and other stakeholders. 

As a result of the Comprehensive Sepsis Workgroup, the outcome metric of sepsis-related mortality at THR decreased from 11.23% in 2015 to 7.07% in 2019, approaching the top-decile for the metric. 

The Comprehensive Sepsis Workgroup at Texas Health Resources has affected change by supporting all sepsis-related items. The workgroup meets monthly to discuss best practices and review cases, both concurrently and retrospectively.

About THA
Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents 452 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 400,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at https://twitter.com/texashospitals.