Our Commitment to Quality

VizientUniversity of Utah Health Care is #1 in the nation for quality among university hospitals, marking seven years in the top ten. University of Utah Health Care was named the highest ranking academic medical center by Vizient Inc., and also took home its seventh consecutive Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award, formerly named the Quality Leadership Award—a winning streak matched by only one other health system in the U.S.

This is the second time University of Utah Health Care has achieved the No. 1 ranking among academic health care systems — we also claimed the honor in 2010. Just making Vizient's rankings places a health care system in elite company. This year, Vizient named 13 academic health systems for achieving excellence in quality and accountability, including NYU Langone, the Mayo Clinic and University of Michigan.

Vizient's Quality & Accountability Study

Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study helps academic medical centers and community hospitals identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity. The Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care—safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient centeredness—were used as a guide in structuring the study criteria.

"The Quality Leadership Award is unique in that it recognizes health care centers for providing great care to patients across all clinical lines—not just in one or two areas," said Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., chief executive officer of University of Utah Health Care and dean of the School of Medicine. "Being recognized as No. 1 means our community has access to some of the best health care in the country. I’m honored to be a part of such a collaborative, innovative and talented group of people who are dedicated to improving lives and reducing suffering."

Also Recognized With The Ambulatory Care Quality & Accountability Leadership Award

In addition, UUHC received the Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Leadership Award. This award honors academic medical centers (AMC) that demonstrated excellence in delivering high-quality outpatient care as measured by the UHC Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Study. The study analyzes performance in five domains: access to care, capacity management and throughput, quality and efficiency, continuum of care and equity.

University of Utah Health Care has ceaselessly pursued improving value and safety and creating an exceptional experience for every patient. Providing the best care at the lowest cost requires collaboration and the alignment of everyone around a shared goal. The systems success reflects the talent and tireless commitment of management and 13,000 physicians and staff.

Continuing in the Pursuit of Excellence

The recognition isn't an ending point for University of Utah Health Care's pursuit of excellence, however. Continuing along the road of great value coupled with exceptional patient care is a goal the health care system works toward every day.

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2016 Vizient Quality & Accountability Study Rankings

  1. University of Utah Health Care
  2. NYU Langone Medical Center
  3. Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester
  4. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital
  5. Rush University Medical Center
  6. WVU Medicine West Virginia University Hospitals
  7. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  8. Cedars-Sinai Health System
  9. Houston Methodist
  10. Nebraska Medicine
  11. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  12. University of Michigan Health System
  13. University of Vermont Medical Center