Texas Health Resource unveils hospital performance data

04/30/2014 4:20 PM

04/30/2014 4:22 PM

Arlington-based Texas Health Resources unveiled its latest effort Wednesday at boosting transparency with a new Quality and Safety Report that patients can use to research hospital performance.

The data, available at www.texashealth.org/quality-reports, is meant to show how the big North Texas healthcare system stacks up to its peers in more than a dozen important areas. For example, data on pneumonia treatment includes how many patients receive certain treatments, how many died and how many were readmitted.

A number of organizations already collect and publish hospital data including the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov), as well as private efforts like the Leapfrog Group ( www.hospitalsafetyscore.org). Comparative data for other North Texas hospitals can be found at these sites.

But Dan Varga, a physician and THR’s chief clinical officer, said the comprehensive scope of THR’s data “is relatively rare” and tends to be more up to date than other hospital reports.

The information will be scrubbed by a third party to ensure that its hospitals’ performance is accurately represented “warts and all,” Varga said. “The public reporting of this data will really turn up the heat on our performance,” he said.

Doug Hawthorne, THR’s chief executive, called on other health systems “to join us and embrace transparency in reporting quality and safety because it will raise the performance bar for all of us.”

THR, parent of the Harris Methodist and Presbyterian hospital groups in North Texas and other affiliated institutions, bills itself as the area’s largest hospital group in number of patient admissions.

Del Frisco’s Grille primed for growth

Southlake-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group sees big possibilities for its Del Frisco’s Grille concept.

During a conference call with analysts Tuesday, CEO Mark Mednansky said a new consultant’s report indicates that there’s room for the company to build out more than 170 Del Frisco’s Grilles nationwide.

Del Frisco’s operates 11 Grilles, including locations in Sundance Square and Southlake Town Square, which are less formal than its Double Eagle Steak Houses and serve lunch.

The executive team is keeping a close eye on the two Tarrant County restaurants, which opened late last year, and so far they like what they see.

Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey F. Carcara told analysts that both restaurants are off to a strong start and that the downtown site has not had any discernible impact on business at its Double Eagle Steak House, a few blocks away on Main Street.

Del Frisco’s plans to open five more Grilles this year — in Burlington, Mass.; Irvine, Calif.; Tampa, Fla.; Rockville, Md.; and Pasadena, Calif. — plus a Double Eagle Steak House in Washington, D.C.

The Grille expansion could boost profits, as its costs are lower in proportion to sales than its traditional steakhouses, the executives said. On Tuesday, Del Frisco’s reported that first-quarter net income rose 25 percent to $4.5 million as comparable-store sales increased by 5.5 percent. Since going public in July 2012, its stock price has more than doubled. — Steve Kaskovich

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