Our Commitment to Quality

Top 10 in the Nation

2021 Vizient Quality & Accountability Ranking

  1. Mayo Clinic-Minnesota
  2. Rush University Medical Center
  3. UC San Diego Health
  4. University of Utah Health
  5. NYU Langone Health
  6. UC Irvine Medical Center
  7. Ronald Raegan UCLA Medical Center
  8. Houston Methodist Medical Center
  9. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  10. Stanford Health Care

For 12 consecutive years, Vizient, Inc., has ranked University of Utah Health in the nation’s top 10 for quality health care among leading academic medical centers. U of U Health achieved the No. 1 ranking in the nation in 2020, 2016, and 2010.

The Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award recognizes academic medical centers for demonstrating superior quality and safety performance as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study. The study measures superior performance based on the Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care: safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and patient-centeredness.

U of U Health has also ranked in the top five in the nation for ambulatory care for seven consecutive years, ranking No. 2 in 2021. The Vizient Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Award measures the quality of outpatient care in five domains: access to care, capacity and throughput, quality and efficiency, continuum of care, and equity.

 
 

Why Quality Matters To Us: Patients

This honor is a win for every member of our dedicated team across the system. But even more importantly, it's a win for our patients.

why-quality-matters Extended hours Urgent care clinics Same-day specialty appointments BETTER ACCESS Patients experience fewer post-op complications Fewer readmissions than peer organizations FEWER COMPLICATIONS Patients admitted to UUHC with severe illness have among the highest likelihood of survival in the country BETTER SURVIVAL Nurses do bedside rounds to engage patients and families in their care plans Doctors do team-based rounds Pharmacists provide hands-on assistance at discharge BETTER COMMUNICATION Teams provide right care, for right amount of time for right patient—for patients currently in our care and those next in line, waiting to receive level of care we provide SHORTER STAYS

How Does the Quality & Accountability Study Work?

The Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking is one of the most rigorous available. In 2021, 565 participating hospitals were segmented into four cohorts. The ranking measured performance on the quality of patient care in six domains: 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 their peers and identifies structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity. The recognition period is for work spanning July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

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
PATIENT POPULATION
Patient Care Measurements Medicare Only All Adults
Patient-Centered
Safe
Efficient
Effective
Timely
Equitable
U of U Health Rankings U.S. News & World Report:
#1 Hospital in Utah
CMS:
5 Stars, Top Rating in Utah
Vizient:
#4 in Quality Nationally

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