Our Commitment to Quality

VizientFor eight years in a row, University of Utah Health has been ranked in the top 10 of participating medical centers nationwide in Vizient Inc.’s Quality and Accountability Study. In 2017, U of U Health ranked sixth in the nation among academic medical centers, earning its eighth consecutive Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award.

In 2010 and 2016, U of U Health achieved the No. 1 ranking among academic medical centers. Making Vizient’s rigorous rankings places a health care system in elite company. This year, Vizient honored 12 academic health systems for achieving excellence in quality and accountability, including the Mayo Clinic and NYU Langone.

In addition to its placement on the top 10 list, U of U Health placed fifth for excellence in ambulatory care. This is the third year in a row the U has been ranked in the top 5 for delivering high-quality, patient-centered, efficient and effective outpatient care. 

What It Means To Be One of the Nation's Top 10 Health Systems

In Sept of 2017, U of U Health received the #6 ranking in the nation for quality—joined by some of the top-ranked academic medical centers in the country.

And, we have been ranked in the top 10 in quality nationally for the past eight years in a row!

Why Quality Matters To Us: Patients

These awards by Vizient, whose membership includes 107 academic medical centers and more than 161 community hospitals, is meaningful to us in part because it is recognition of our work among our peer institutions. What we take the most pride in is what this ranking means for our patients and our community.

What is Vizient?

These awards by Vizient, whose membership includes 107 academic medical centers and more than 161 community hospitals, is meaningful to us in part because it is recognition of our work among our peer institutions. What we take the most pride in is what this ranking means for our patients and our community.

How Vizient Ranks Academic Medical Centers

Vizient's quality and safety award criteria includes 88 objective measures of care, including:

Quality and Safety Award Criteria 10% EFFICIENCY effectiveness in managing costs of care and efficiency of hospital stay 15% PATIENT CENTERED effectiveness of doctor, nurse, and pharmacy communication 20% EFFECTIVENESS likelihood of receiving reliable care for common conditions like stroke 5% EQUITY likelihood that care is consistent regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status 25% MORTALITY likelihood of surviving an illness/surgery when being treated at this hospital 25% SAFETY likelihood of avoiding complications such as infections or blood clots

How Does the Quality & Accountability Study Work?

Vizient’s study is one of the most rigorous available. The composite scoring system uses patient-level performance data from a variety of sources, including the Vizient Clinical Database; the Vizient Core Measures Database; the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network.

The study uses the Joint Commission’s four core measures (acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, and the surgical care improvement project) as part of its effectiveness score along with readmission rates. It looks at mortality not just across eight major service lines but also comprehensively across 27 service lines. It investigates six of 23 patient safety indicators from the Agency of Healthcare Research & Quality. It evaluates the efficiency of the health system based on observed direct costs and length of stay versus expected stay. Finally, it tabulates patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ HCAHPS surveys sent to patient homes.

How Vizient Compares To Other Rating Systems

How are various health care quality rankings different?

  • Based on actual care delivery – not reputation
  • Provide a current view of performance based exclusively on past year
  • Provide apples to apples comparison since academic medical centers care for the most complex and sickest patients in the country

2017 Vizient Quality & Accountability Study Rankings

  1. Mayo Clinic—Rochester
  2. NYU Langone Health
  3. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin—Froedtert Hospital
  4. Rush University Medical Center
  5. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  6. University of Utah Health
  7. UC Health University of Colorado Hospital
  8. Leigh Valley Health Network
  9. University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  10. The University of Kansas Hospital
  11. Nebraska Medicine
  12. Oregon Health & Science University Hospital