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U of U Hospital Ranked Top Ten in the Country for Quality

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Kathy Wilets
Senior Director, Public Affairs, University of Utah Health

For the 14th consecutive year, University of Utah Health ranked in the top 10 nationally of the prestigious 2023 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award.

U of U Health logo next to words that say, "14 years at the top, national distinction in quality."

U of U Health was recognized for demonstrating excellence in delivering high-quality care based on the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, conducted annually since 2005. 

The comprehensive ranking of academic medical centers measures performance on the quality of patient care in safety, mortality, effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness, and equity.

This year, 784 hospitals from across the country participated in the ranking, which helps participating hospitals understand their performance against peers and identify processes associated with higher performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care initiatives.

In addition to its placement on the top 10 list, U of U Health also ranked #2 nationally in Vizient’s Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Awards. This is the ninth year in a row U of U Health has ranked in the top ten nationally for its ambulatory quality of care.

“I am incredibly proud of the work that our team members do each day. It is their efforts and expertise that have earned us this distinction. The history of our high ranking as an organization speaks to the culture that we have created together in providing skilled, compassionate, and high-quality care to our patients and community,” said Dan Lundergan, CEO of University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics.    

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.

“This recognition is a testament to the unwavering dedication and tireless efforts of the extraordinary people who make up the community at U of U Health,” said Sam Finlayson, M.D., associate vice president of clinical affairs and chief clinical officer at U of U Health. “Their commitment to excellence, their passion for patient care, and their relentless pursuit of innovation propelled us to this achievement. Together, we have set a standard of excellence that continues to guide us as we strive to provide the highest quality of care to our community.”


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 U.S., 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 14 straight years, U of U Health has ranked among the top 10 U.S. academic medical centers in the rigorous Vizient Quality and Accountability Study.