Top 10 in Quality for 11 Years Running

For 11 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. U of U Health achieved the No. 1 ranking in the nation in 2020, 2016, and 2010*. 

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.

 *In 2020, Vizient Inc. and the ranked institutions did not publicly announce the winners out of respect for their colleagues across the country who were battling the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 rankings were based on an eight-month time period instead of the usual 12-month time period, excluding the COVID-19 pandemic timeframe of March through June 2020. 

Top 5 in Ambulatory Care for 6 Years Running

U of U Health has also ranked in the top 5 in the nation for ambulatory care for six consecutive years, ranking No. 2 in 2020. 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.

2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Rankings

For the seventh consecutive year, University of Utah Hospital was ranked No. 1 in Utah and in the Salt Lake City metro area. Additionally, U of U Health is nationally ranked No. 13 for ophthalmology and No. 41 for cancer.

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, 10 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 13 adult specialties and procedures/conditions

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • COPD
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Nephrology
  • Orthopedics
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonology
  • Transcatheter Valve Replacement

Other Awards & Recognition

Forbes Best Employer for Diversity

In 2021, Forbes named University of Utah Health as one of the best employers for diversity. U of U Health ranks 98 out of 500 recognized organizations in the nation—and the only health care provider in Utah to receive the designation.

Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to survey 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees and pinpoint the companies they identified as being most dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Employees who took the survey gave their opinion on a series of statements surrounding topics of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+, and general diversity concerning their employer. Diversity among top executives, evaluations from employees at other companies, positions responsible for diversity, and communication of diverse company culture were also taken into consideration.

Forbes Best Employer

In 2020, Forbes recognized University of Utah Health as one of America's Best Employers By State and No. 1 in Utah. The list was compiled by surveying 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. Respondents rated their employers on a variety of criteria and how likely they were to recommend their employer to others.

In 2019, for the second consecutive year, Forbes recognized University of Utah Health as one of America's Best Employers. U of U Health was 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. 

LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer

In 2020, the Human Right Campaign Foundation (HRC) designated University of Utah Hospital as an LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer. The designation, recognizing a commitment to providing inclusive care for all, was awarded in the 13th edition of HRC's Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Among the 765 health care facilities that participated in the HEI, 193 earned an LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top performer designation.

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. CMS’s Hospital Compare ranking shows University of Utah Hospital performing above the national average in safety of care, readmission rates, and patient experience.


IBM Watson 100 Top Hospitals & Everest Award Winner

In 2020, IBM Watson Health recognized University of Utah Hospital among 100 top-performing hospitals 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. Additionally, U of U Hospital was one of only 20 organizations to receive IBM Watson Health’s Everest Award in 2020 for achieving both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement in the five years of data analyzed.

Becker’s 2020 List of 100 Great Hospitals in America

University of Utah Hospital was named to the 2020 edition of the Becker’s Healthcare list of “100 Great Hospitals in America.” The hospitals included on this list have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction. Selection is based on analysis of ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report's 2019-20 rankings, CareChex, Healthgrades, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades, and IBM Watson Health top hospitals.

Digital Health Most Wired for 7 Years Running

For the seventh consecutive year, University of Utah Hospital was recognized among CHIME Healthcare's Digital Health Most Wired Hospitals for effectively applying core and advanced technologies into its clinical and business programs to improve health and care in its communities. U of U Health earned a Level 8 "Honor" certification for both acute and ambulatory care.

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.