University of Utah Health Care Ranks in Top 10 for 3rd Year In Prestigious National Quality and Accountability Assessment

University of Utah Health Care Ranks in Top 10 for 3rd Year In Prestigious National Quality and Accountability Assessment

Sep 14, 2012 2:36 PM

Sept. 14, 2012 – University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) has received the prestigious Quality Leadership Award for the third consecutive year and for the fourth time since the award program was established in 2005. The University ranked fourth out of the 101 participating academic medical centers.

The award is given to academic medical centers that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care as measured by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality and Accountability Study. The annual study compares 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 Consortium’s quality ranking is one of the most rigorous and thorough rankings in the country. It’s an important benchmark that allows us to compare ourselves to our national peers in academic medicine. It is the quality measurement we emphasize the most,” says Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., University of Utah Health Care CEO and senior vice president for the University’s Health Sciences. “Academic medical centers care for the sickest patients in this country. To rank in the top 10 in quality and accountability among this elite group is a tremendous honor and reflects the talent and commitment of our physicians and staff.”

This year’s Top Ten List:

  1. University of Colorado Hospital
  2. Emory University Hospital
  3. The University of Kansas Hospital
  4. University of Utah Health Care
  5. Beaumont Health System – Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.
  6. Emory University Hospital Midtown
  7. Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minn.
  8. NYU Langone Medical Center
  9. The University of Arizona Medical Center
  10. Denver Health

The award winners were announced at the UHC Annual Conference 2012 in Orlando, Fla., which drew leaders in quality and safety from more than 100 academic medical centers across the country.


About University HealthSystem Consortium

University HealthSystem Consortium, based in Oak Brook, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, includes 107 AMCs (academic medical centers) and 241 of their affiliated hospitals in its membership, representing more than 90 percent of the nation’s nonprofit AMCs. The Consortium provides data products and services to support clinical, operational, financial, and supply chain improvement. The Consortium’s Patient Safety Net® serves as the patient safety system for the Consortium’s Patient Safety Organization, one on the first 10 listed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2008. Visit for more information.

 About University of Utah Health Care

University of Utah Health Care is the only academic health care system in the Intermountain West. The system and its physicians offer services in more than 200 specialties and its hospitals and clinics are consistently ranked among the country’s high performing health care facilities by U.S. News & World Report. The system provides care for Utahns and residents of five surrounding states in a referral area encompassing more than 10 percent of the continental United States. The system receives more than one million outpatient visits and nearly 30,000 inpatient admissions annually. Visit for more information.

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