The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, the mental health hospital partner of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), was recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures for 2015.

“This Joint Commission award, based on measurable quality data, is a tremendous achievement. We are very proud of the faculty and staff at UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC) for their dedication, hard work, and commitment to providing the highest quality care to all patients,” said Dean Barbara J. Stoll.

To be a 2015 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieve a cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

“UTHealth HCPC is committed to being a high reliability health care organization, which is demonstrated by our leadership’s commitment to achieving zero patient harm, a fully functional culture of safety, and the widespread deployment of process improvement tools,” said Stephen Glazier, chief operating officer of UTHealth HCPC.

This is the first time UTHealth HCPC has received this award, which recognized its hospital-based inpatient psychiatry services. UTHealth HCPC was one of 10 hospitals or critical access hospitals to receive this award in Texas.

“I am pleased that the work of our staff and care providers is being recognized by The Joint Commission,” said Dr. Jair Soares, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and executive director of UTHealth HCPC. “We are a unique facility and our goal is to make the best of our resources and treat each patient to the best of our ability.”

The Joint Commission is a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs throughout the country.

For more information about the Top Performer program,