Top 10 in Quality for 8 Years Running

For eight 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 2017, U of U Health ranked sixth 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.

Top 5 in Ambulatory Care for 3 Years Running

University of Utah Health has also ranked in the top 5 for ambulatory care for three consecutive years. The 2017 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.

2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Rankings

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Utah Hospital was ranked No. 1 in Utah and in the Salt Lake City metro area. University of Utah Health is nationally ranked in two adult specialties: ear, nose & throat (No. 18) and cancer (No. 38).

To help patients decide where to receive care, U.S. News evaluates data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, 9 adult 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 six adult specialties and two adult procedures/ conditions

  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

Other Awards & Recognition

Truven Health Analytics: 100 Top Hospitals

In 2017, University of Utah Health was added to Truven’s top 15 major teaching hospitals in the country. This is out of 204 potential major teaching hospital winners and 2,740 potential hospital winners. Winners are measured on a variety of metrics, including inpatient outcomes, process of care, extended outcomes, process efficiency, cost efficiency, financial health and patient experience.

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

University of Utah Hospital was named to the 2017 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 2016-17 Honor Roll and specialty rankings; CMS star ratings; Leapfrog grades; Truven Health Analytics top hospitals; Most Wired hospitals; and Magnet accreditation.

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.

2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

University Hospital and University Orthopeadic Center was recognized among 250 hospitals – the top 5 percent in the nation – that deliver superior patient care across at least 21 of 32 common procedures and conditions. Nearly 4,500 hospitals were evaluated nationwide to determine the recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award.

The Healthgrades 2018 analysis compared clinical outcomes for inpatient stays from 2014-2016 and found that if hospitals nationwide, as a group, performed on average as well as those receiving the Distinguished Hospital Award, as a group, 159,924 lives could potentially have been saved. And compared to non-recipient hospitals, patients treated in recipient hospitals had, on average, a 26.3% lower risk of dying.

Most Wired Hospital for 4 Years Running

For the fourth consecutive year, University of Utah Hospital was recognized among the American Hospital Association’s Most Wired Hospitals for: leveraging data and analytics to foster a culture of self-improvement; boosting patients' ability to access their records securely; connecting patients to care through innovative channels, such as secure messaging, telehealth, and mobile apps; and taking cybersecurity seriously with frequent audits and trainings.

Each year more than 2,000 hospitals apply for Most Wired recognition, and more than 400 are recognized in this category. University of Utah Health was one of only 27 health systems to receive an “advanced” designation.

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.

Past Years


  • The South Jordan Health Center, the U’s newest multispecialty center, opened in January. It features primary care, specialty care, and a 24-hour emergency room.


  • University of Utah Health Care was ranked the No. 1 health care system in the Salt Lake City metro area, according U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-2012 Best Hospitals rankings.
  • For the 18th time, the U.S. News & World Report ranked the U among the top hospitals and health systems in the country. In 2011, the U’s services in gynecology and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) were ranked 47th and 50th in the nation by the magazine. It also called out “high-performing” areas including urology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonary, and cancer care.
  • For the second year in a row University of Utah Health Care ranked in the top 10 of all academic medical centers in the country, according to the University HealthSystem Consortium’s annual quality and accountability study.
  • University of Utah heart surgeons have transplanted nearly 250 artificial hearts (ventricular assist devices) since 1996, with 155 of these in the last 3 years. The program is famous for performing the world’s first destination artificial heart transplant for Barney Clark in 1982.
  • The U’s AirMed flight program, the state’s only air emergency service that offers obstetrics care, celebrated its first in-flight birth.
  • The Hospital at Huntsman Cancer Institute opened an expanded wing featuring four new operating suites, 50 additional inpatient beds, and an MRI on rails that allows for real-time imaging of brain cancer patients during surgery. In 2011, Huntsman Cancer Institute also renewed its status as a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center, which means it meets the highest national standards for cancer care and research. 
  • The University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) expanded to include more than 80 new inpatient beds, filling a critical need in the community for more mental health services. UNI features the country’s only MRI housed in a mental health treatment facility that is used for imaging studies for autism, depression, and the teenage brain. 
  • University Hospital opened the country’s only Faint and Fall Clinic. Doctors in cardiology, neurology and geriatrics work together to find answers to fainting and falling problems in patients, which account for a large number of emergency room visits and high health care costs.


  • University of Utah Health Care achieved the No. 1 ranking in University HealthSystem Consortium’s 2010 Quality and Accountability Study. The annual study compares 98 of the nation’s top academic medical centers and ranks them based on core quality measures, patient safety indicators, mortality rates, re-admission rates, and patient satisfaction scores. 


  • The Clinical Neurosciences Center was recognized among the nation’s top neuroscience programs, receiving the highest designation as a Neuroscience Center of Excellence (COE), according to the Neuroscience Center of Excellence Survey, conducted by NeuStrategy, Inc.


  • University of Utah Health Care's gynecologic and cancer care rated 21st and 40th in the country in U.S. News & World Reports' 19th annual survey of America's Best Hospitals. The rankings place University Health Care among the nation's top providers for the 15th time.
  • University of Utah Hospital received the Consumer’s Choice Award for the 10th consecutive year by National Research Corporation. University Hospital also received recognition for Best Overall Quality, Best Image and Reputation, and Best Doctors and Nurses. The results were published in Modern Healthcare Magazine.
  • University Hospital’s AirMed received awards for Pediatric Incident of the Year, Outstanding Response in a Specific Incident, and Outstanding Search and Rescue Incident during the 2008 Utah Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
  • University Hospital became the first hospital in Utah and 73rd in the nation to receive official designation as “Baby Friendly,” an international initiative recognizing facilities that create the best possible environment for successful breastfeeding.


  • University of Utah Hospital was named one of the country's best hospitals by the National Research Corporation (NRC). In the annual competition, University Hospital received the 2007/08 Consumer Choice Award for the Salt Lake City area for its high quality and image.
  • University Hospital was recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country by Cleverly & Associates in their 2007 State of Hospital Industry report. The ranking assesses a hospital’s value to the community through its financial strength and performance. University Hospital is the only Utah hospital to make the top 100 list.
  • University of Utah Health Care Stroke Center was awarded a certificate by the American Heart Association for the Gold Performance Achievement Award." This is the highest level of award given by AHA and indicates Sustained Performance Achievement (two years or more of high performance).
  • AirMed voted International Program of the Year by The Association of Air Medical Services, which represents nearly 500 medical transport programs worldwide. AirMed was recognized for its superior level of patient care, quality leadership, safety, and commitment to the community.


  • University Hospital was ranked in the top 10 nationally by the University HealthSystem Consortium’s Quality and Accountability rankings. This ranking “assesses organizational performance across a broad spectrum of high priority dimensions of patient care.” Specifically, they look at safety, mortality, effectiveness, and equity.


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