2015 has been a year of growth for Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), both literally and programmatically. We are providing effective, safe, high-quality care to more patients than ever before – from all over Southeast Texas – and being nationally recognized for our efforts.
In April, we acquired Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – now named Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital – welcoming approximately 280 employees and affiliated physicians to the Memorial Hermann-TMC Campus, while strengthening the Memorial Hermann Health System’s orthopedic and spine services in the Greater Houston area.
In addition, our campus continues to expand our reach throughout the community, a fact demonstrated in our increased admissions, Emergency Department volumes and number of deliveries and surgical procedures being performed. We expect these volumes to continue their upward trend, which is why we are planning ahead with necessary expansions and renovations in order to accommodate this remarkable growth.
Earlier this year we broke ground on our $650 million Breaking New Ground project, ensuring our ability to meet the future health needs of the growing patient population we are committed to serve. One of the main highlights of the Breaking New Ground project is the construction of a new, 15-story patient care building that will be the home of the Texas Trauma Institute and Memorial Hermann Life Flight, along with a second building with parking and infrastructure capabilities to support future growth. Because of our continued reach and growth in market share, we are able to fuel the reinvestment in our campus through such projects, allowing us to grow our footprint in Southeast Texas as we continue to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients and their families.
From a quality standpoint, we continue to receive national accolades for the safe, high-quality care we deliver. In October, we received the prestigious Bernard A. Bernbaum, M.D., Quality Leadership Award for the second consecutive year. This is a huge honor considering we were one of only 13 academic medical centers in the country to receive the recognition, which is given to member institutions that demonstrate superior performance as measured by the UHC Quality and Accountability Study. In October, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of our designation as a Magnet facility, one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital can receive for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. This year we also earned an “A” grade from the Hospital Safety Score, the only nationally standardized study that captures hospital performance in patient safety, quality and resource utilization. The Hospital Safety Score is an impressive award from The Leapfrog Group, an independent non-profit organization that is known for setting the bar for safety, quality and transparency in health care. We are so proud of these accomplishments, none of which we could have achieved without our dedicated, hardworking staff or the valuable partnership of both our private physicians and our affiliated physicians at UTHealth Medical School.
In March, our show Life Flight: Trauma Center Houston debuted on Lifetime TV, showcasing on a national platform the inspirational and lifesaving work our employees and physicians do every day. Highlighting not only the Memorial Hermann Life Flight team but also Memorial Hermann-TMC and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital staff, nurses and our affiliated UTHealth physicians, the original series gave viewers a front row seat to all of the real-life action inside our Texas Trauma Institute, one of the nation’s busiest Level I trauma centers.
And speaking of Life Flight, this year we also mourned the passing of the program’s legendary founder, Dr. James H. “Red” Duke Jr. – one of our generation’s greatest trauma surgeons who never met a stranger and made a lasting impact not just on our Campus but on folks all over the country. His legacy will live on through Life Flight, our ever-expanding trauma program and trauma care across the state, the thousands of physicians he taught and trained, and the countless lives he saved and families he touched. We hope the way in which we operate this organization will continue to honor his truly, selfless mission and his memory.
In 2016, we look forward to the continued growth of our Campus. For nearly a century, the staff and affiliated physicians at Memorial Hermann-TMC have set new standards of care in Texas and the nation through advances in medicine and surgery, and we have no intentions of slowing down. Our goal for 2016 is unchanged: to remain a leader in the industry while advancing the health of our community by delivering the highest-quality and safest care available for many decades to come.