Big Spring State Hospital Earns Statewide Recognition

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December 7, 2010 (432) 816-9257

Olivia FlournoyBIG SPRING – Big Spring State Hospital earned the Second Annual David Pharis Award for Excellence in Hospital Quality Improvement for improving the quality of care for the hospital’s patients.

The Department of State Health Services and the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians presented the award for the hospital’s approach to a patient-centered treatment plan.

Assistant Superintendent Olivia Flournoy, who headed up the project, “Person-Centered Treatment Planning: A Road Map to Recovery" received the award during the Texas Society
of Psychiatric Physicians Annual State Conference.

The award is named for David Pharis, the court-appointed monitor who oversaw changes within the mental health system stemming from a 1974 class-action lawsuit. In 2009, the Texas Department of State Health Services State Hospital Section recognized Pharis’ efforts by establishing the David Pharis Award for excellence to honor his memory and help ensure his work continues with the state hospitals.

Big Spring State Hospital’s “Person-Centered Treatment Planning” program began in 2009 when
the hospital determined the treatment plans were too lengthy, lacked individualization, and provided little day-to-day use for staff and patients, Flournoy said.

In order to address these concerns, the hospital developed and implemented a person-centered treatment planning process that focused on self-determination, choice and quality of life, rather than concentrating on illness.

“Out of all of this, we developed a partnership with our patients,” Flournoy said. “We continue to develop and refine the plan. But the plan continues to focus on catering to each individual patient.”

The plan focused on several core principles: that all people can learn, grow and change; and all people have a right to self-determination, Flournoy said. In turn, clinicians and mental health workers focus on patient strengths, and quality of life.

“We also felt it was important that we provide the tools and skills so patients can manage their lives; encourage choice; provide education as part of every interaction; avoid control; and instill hope,” Flournoy said. 

Big Spring State Hospital is a 200-bed hospital for people with mental illness serving people with mental illness in West Texas.


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