UHC announced today the top-performing academic medical centers that have won the 2014 UHC Quality Leadership Award. The award is given to UHC member academic medical centers that have demonstrated superior performance in delivering high-quality, safe, efficient, patient-centered, and equitable care.
The 2014 winners are:
- NYU Langone Medical Center
- Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester
- The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
- Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
- Rush University Medical Center
- University of Utah Health Care
- The University of Kansas Hospital
- Emory University Hospital
- University of Missouri Health Care
- Cleveland Clinic
- Houston Methodist Hospital
- Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
“UHC commends these academic medical centers for their strong commitment to providing high-quality patient care throughout their clinical enterprises,” said Irene M. Thompson, UHC’s president and chief executive officer. “As evidenced by their performance on the measures in the Quality and Accountability Study, these organizations exhibit the fundamental characteristics—shared sense of purpose, successful leadership style, accountability mechanisms, focus on results, and collaboration—of top-performing academic medical centers.”
The award winners were announced at the UHC Annual Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, which was attended by nearly 2,000 people, including health care professionals from more than 100 UHC member organizations.
The UHC Quality Leadership Award uses a unique and in-depth methodology and ranking system based on data analysis from the annual Quality and Accountability Study, which was designed to help academic medical centers identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity. The Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care—mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness, and efficiency—were used as a guide in structuring the study. The composite scoring system uses a comprehensive approach to analyzing patient-level data from the UHC Clinical Data Base/Resource Manager™ as well as data from the UHC Core Measures Data Base and the publicly reported Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.
This year the award methodology was refined with enhanced measures related to safety, including data on hospital-acquired infections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network and new metrics on venous thromboembolism based on The Joint Commission’s National Quality Core Measures.