Top 10 in Quality for 10 Years Running

2019 Vizient Quality Leadership AwardFor ten consecutive years, Vizient Inc. has ranked University of Utah Health in the nation’s top 10 for quality health care among leading academic medical centers. In 2019, U of U Health ranked fourth in the nation and achieved the No. 1 ranking among academic medical centers in 2010 and 2016.

The Quality Leadership Award recognizes academic medical centers for demonstrating superior quality and safety performance as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study. The study measures superior performance based on the Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care: safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient centeredness.

University of Utah Health Top Ten for Ten Years

Top 5 in Ambulatory Care for 5 Years Running

Ambulatory Care Award BadgeIn 2019, University of Utah Health ranked second in the nation. U of U Health has also ranked in the top 5 for ambulatory care for five consecutive years. The Vizient Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Award measures the quality of outpatient care in five domains: access to care, capacity and throughput, quality and efficiency, continuum of care, and equity.

2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Rankings

For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Utah Hospital was ranked No. 1 in Utah and in the Salt Lake City metro area. Additionally, the orthopedic speciality at University of Utah Health is ranked No. 50 in the country.

To help patients decide where to receive care, U.S. News generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult medical specialties, 9 adult medical procedures and conditions, and 10 pediatric specialties. To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. The ratings in procedures and conditions, by contrast, focus on typical Medicare patients. Hospitals that do well in multiple areas of adult care may be ranked in their state and metropolitan area.

U.S. News & World Report also rated U of U Health “high performing” in 10 adult specialties and procedures/conditions

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Cancer
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Urology

Other Awards & Recognition

Forbes Magazine List of Best Employers

For the second year running, Forbes recognized University of Utah Health as one of America's Best Employers. U of U Health is the only health care provider in Utah and one of only two Utah organizations to be recognized by Forbes with this prestigious honor in 2019. A company’s score is determined by direct employee feedback and a public perception score. Forbes also ranked the University of Utah and U of U Health No. 1 and No. 4, respectively, for Utah on its first-ever America's Best Employers by State rankings. Additionally, Forbes ranked the University of Utah third nationally among America's Best Employers for Women. 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): 5-Star Quality Rating, Top Medicare Rating in Utah

In its annual quality rankings of hospitals, CMS awarded University of Utah Hospital five out of five stars, the highest ranking in Utah. Less than 10 percent of academic medical centers nationwide received this highest possible designation. CMS’s Hospital Compare ranking says University of Utah Hospital performs above the national average when it comes to safety of care, readmission rates, patient experience, effectiveness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging. Hospital Compare allows users to compare hospitals via a five-star rating system.

Ranked No. 4 in the Nation for Customer Loyalty 

In 2018, NRC Health ranked University of Utah Health fourth in the nation for customer loyalty. NRC is one of the nation's largest health care performance improvement firms. The Consumer Loyalty Awards are the first and only loyalty-based hospital rankings in the U.S. NRC Health uses the Loyalty Index to provide a 360-degree view of consumer loyalty and recognize top performers in the health care industry. 

2018 Healthinsight Quality Award

The Healthinsight Quality Award Program recognized University of Utah Hospital for high performance on quality-of-care outcome measures and patient satisfaction. Hospitals that rank in the top 25th percentile for quality measures reported on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website are eligible for a Quality Award.

2018 Utah Hospital Association Award for Organ Donation

The University of Utah Hospital is one of several regional hospital partners with Intermountain Donor Services to receive the 2018 Utah Hospital Association Award for Organ Donation. This award recognizes the University Hospital for its high rates of organ, eye, and tissue donation and registration—achieving an organ donor conversion rate greater than 80 percent (national average is 75 percent); a donation after cardiac death rate greater than 10 percent; and an organs transplanted per donor rate greater than 3.5 for the two-year reporting period. By increasing the range of donor organs considered for transplant, U of U Health transplant programs experienced a 34 percent increase in transplants performed and a significant increase in living donor volumes between 2013 and 2017.

IMB Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals

In 2019, IBM Watson Health recognized University of Utah Health among 100-top performing hosptials in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard using publicly available data for clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metrics. The annual study found that top-performing hospitals provide better care at lower cost and higher profit margins than peer group hospitals. 

Becker’s Hospital Review List of 100 Great Hospitals in America

University of Utah Hospital was named to the 2019 edition of the Becker's Hospital Review list of "100 Great Hospitals in America." The hospitals are selected based on analysis of several rankings agencies, including U.S. News and World Report's 2018-19 rankings, CareChex, Healthgrades, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades, and IBM Watson Health top hospitals.


Most Wired for 6 Years Running

University of Utah Health was named a 2019 CHIME Healthcare's Most Wired recipient. The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities. A total of 16,168 organizations were represented in the 2019 Most Wired program. University of Utah Health earned a Level 8 certification for both inpatient and ambulatory care. This marks the sixth consecutive year that U of U Health has been recognized as Most Wired.

National Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Cancer Center Status

In 2015, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) awarded Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah its Comprehensive Cancer Center Status, the highest designation possible. HCI is the only cancer center in the region with this designation. An NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center must demonstrate depth and breadth of cancer research, as well as substantial transdisciplinary research that bridges these scientific areas and changes cancer care. In addition, a comprehensive cancer center must demonstrate professional and public education and outreach capabilities, including the distribution of clinical and public health advances in the communities it serves.

Advisory Board 2018 Workplace of the Year Award

University of Utah Health is one of only 20 hospitals and health systems nationwide to receive this annual award for outstanding levels of employee engagement. Employee engagement is directly linked to U of U Health’s national ranking as a top 10 academic medical center for quality and safety for eight consecutive years, and some of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the nation.