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Published:  December 28, 2009

St. Luke’s wins 2009 Five-Star Hospital Award

St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital has been awarded the Texas Department of State Health Services’ “2009 Five-Star Hospital Award” designation.  The award was announced at the 55th Annual Texas Vital Statistics conference held Dec. 9-11 in Dallas, TX.

“We are honored to have earned such a prestigious award,” said Debra F. Sukin, CEO of St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital.  “We are continuously striving to deliver the highest level of quality healthcare services and have significantly enhanced our women’s and children’s services with our expansion of 24 additional private rooms, nursery, and OB/GYN 24/7 hospitalist and pediatric 24/7 hospitalist coverage.  This award is reflective of our strategic hard work for the patients and families we serve.”

According to Mike Praetorius, Director of Patient Access Services for St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, the Texas Vital Statistics 2009 Five-Star criteria for hospitals included:

  • Timeliness:  Completed 92% or higher of birth registration releases within five days of the birth using Texas Electronic Registrar (TER) between 01/01/09 and 09/30/09.
  • Paternity:  Completed the state average or higher of potential Acknowledgments of Paternity (AOP) between 10/01/08 and 09/30/09.
  • Standardization:  Used and distributed all pre-populated TER-generated forms.
  • Training:  Attended the 2008 Annual Vital Statistics Conference or one of the 2009 Regional Vital Statistics Conferences scheduled for June and July.
  • ImmTrac Performance:  Used the manual ImmTrac (NB-2) consent form to offer parents of newborns the opportunity to “grant” or “deny” ImmTrac consent, and submit properly completed forms for 95% of children born at your facility between 9/1/08 and 8/31/09.


St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital is located at 17200 St. Luke’s Way in The Woodlands, at the southwest corner of SH 242 and I-45.  For more information, please call (936) 266-2000 or visit

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