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Suzanne Winchester

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Oct 20, 2021 9:00 AM

SALT LAKE CITY — For the 12th consecutive year, University of Utah Health ranks in the top 10 nationally of the prestigious 2021 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award.

This year, 565 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 2nd nationally in Vizient’s Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Awards. This is the seventh year in a row U Health has ranked in the top five nationally for its ambulatory quality of care.

Recognitions were determined through the Vizient Ambulatory Quality and Accountability Ranking system, which assesses data from participating faculty practices to measure performance in access to care, quality, efficiency, continuum of care and equity.

“At U of U Health, we are laser focused on our patients, improving their quality of life through better health, and bringing world-class health care to our community, state, and region,” said Michael Good, CEO of University of Utah Health. “This award is a testament to our faculty and staff teams who year after year prove that U of U Health is one of the highest-quality health systems in the nation.”

“This prestigious national accomplishment is very special due to the fact we, and our peer health systems recognized by Vizient, achieved this during a global pandemic.,” says Dan Lundergan, CEO of University of Utah Health Hospitals & Clinics. “This award speaks volumes about our teams who improve the care they deliver every single day. Their dedication to our community is inspiring to me personally and is transforming the way patients in Utah and Mountain West region receive health care.”  

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University of Utah Health is the state’s only academic health care system, providing leading-edge and compassionate medicine for a referral area that encompasses 10% 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 touts a $356 million research enterprise and trains the majority of Utah’s physicians and more than 1,250 health care providers each year at its Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health. With more than 20,000 employees, the system includes 12 community clinics and four hospitals — University Hospital; University Neuropsychiatric Institute; Huntsman Cancer Hospital; and the University Orthopaedic Center. For 10 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, including reaching No. 1 in 2010 and 2016.

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