This year, 650 hospitals from across the country participated in the Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking. The ranking measured performance on the quality of patient care in safety, mortality, effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness and equity. The ranking factors in measures from the Vizient Clinical Data Base and includes performance in core measures data, the HCAHPS survey and the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network.
The Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking helps participating hospitals and health systems understand their performance against peers and identifies structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activities.
In addition to its placement on the top 10 list, U of U Health also ranked 6th nationally in Vizient’s Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Awards. This is the eighth year in a row U of U Health has ranked in the top ten nationally for its ambulatory quality of care.
Recognitions were determined through the Vizient Ambulatory Quality and Accountability Scorecard, which benchmarks data from participating organizations to measure performance in access to care, quality, efficiency, continuum of care and equity.
"Organizations do not achieve-- it is the people in organizations who are responsible for accomplishments," said U of U Health CEO Michael Good, M.D. "Thanks to our teams’ hard work and dedication to excellent patient care, this honor distinguishes the people who make U of U Health a top health care institution in the country, as some of the best in the nation."
"Our team members have the opportunity to care for people when they are most vulnerable, and they do so with expertise, care, compassion, and patience," says Dan Lundergan, CEO of University of Utah Health Hospitals & Clinics. "We are proud of these awards, but only because they are evidence that if we focus on exemplary work first, the accolades follow as an acknowledgement of our commitment to doing the right things for our patients.
University of Utah Health is the state’s only academic health care system, providing leading-edge and compassionate care for a referral area that encompasses 10 percent of the US, including Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and much of Nevada. A hub for health sciences research and education in the region, U of U Health has a $458 million research enterprise and trains the majority of Utah’s physicians, including more than 1,460 health care providers each year at its Colleges of Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy and Schools of Dentistry and Medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, the system includes 12 community clinics and five hospitals: University Hospital, Huntsman Mental Health Institute, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, University Orthopaedic Center, and the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital. For 13 straight years, U of U Health has ranked among the top 10 US academic medical centers in the rigorous Vizient Quality and Accountability Study.