UVM Medical Center stays in top ranks of academic medical centers

first_imgThe University of Vermont Medical Center,UVM Medical Center President and COO Eileen Whalen and Chief Medical Officer Stephen Leffler, MD (front row center) are joined by members of the hospital’s quality improvement team in accepting the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD Quality Leadership Award.  This is the 6th year in a row the UVM Medical Center has been ranked in the top 20 of academic medical centers nationwide. UVMMC photo.Vermont Business Magazine For the 6th consecutive year, The University of Vermont Medical Center is being recognized as a top performer among leading academic medical centers participating in the annual Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, recognized as the most rigorous and credible analysis of its kind. Vizient, Inc(link is external). is the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country.Low readmission rates, excellent results in patient safety, and shorter than average length of stay placed the UVM Medical Center at 13th in the nation up from 16th in 2015. The study analyzes dozens of measures in six categories – mortality, efficiency, safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness and equity. The hospital improved on its own quality scores from 2015 in mortality and effectiveness and remained at #1 in equity, which measures differences in care provided based on gender, race and socio-economic status.Hospitals scoring in the top tier qualified for the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD Quality Leadership Award. Joining the UVM Medical Center in this group are:Mayo Clinic, Cedars Sinai Health System, New York University-Langone Medical Center, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, University of Michigan Health System, Rush University Medical Center, University of Utah Health Care, Houston Methodist Hospital, Nebraska Medicine, West Virginia University Hospitals, and Froedert Hospital-Medical College of Wisconsin.In a study that looks separately at outpatient care, the UVM Medical Center ranked #6 among participating hospitals, an improvement from last year’s #8 ranking. This analysis evaluates access to care, continuum of care, quality, efficiency and equity in our medical group practices.“To be neck-and-neck every year with Mayo Clinic and other elite hospitals means our patients are getting some of the best care in the country right here in Vermont,” said Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, president and chief operating officer of the UVM Medical Center. “This continued excellence is due to the relentless efforts our team makes to provide the best possible care for every patient every single time.”“Hospitals today are using data and analytics to help them more effectively manage cost and deliver superior clinical outcomes and patient experiences,” said Jody Hatcher, president, sourcing and collaboration services for Vizient. “By winning this award, The University of Vermont Medical Center demonstrated a successful leadership style, a shared sense of purpose, a focus on results, and a culture of collaboration, accountability and adaptability necessary to succeed during this time of unrelenting change in our industry. We congratulate them on their achievement.”About the Vizient Quality and Accountability StudyVizient’s Quality and Accountability Study is designed to help members identify clinical outcomes and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity. The conclusions in Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study are based on a review of performance data from a variety of sources, including Vizient’s Clinical Data Base, core measures data, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network. More than 100 academic medical center and 124 community hospitals members participated in the 2016 study.About the University of Vermont Medical CenterThe University of Vermont Medical Center (link is external) is a 447 bed tertiary care regional referral center providing advanced care to approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York.  Together with our partners at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont’s academic medical center. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network(link is external), a five-hospital system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community we serve. Our partners are:The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital(link is external)Source:  BURLINGTON, VT – www.UVMHealth.org/MedCenter(link is external) 10.31.2016. or visit our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.UVMHealth.org/MedCenterSocialMedia(link is external)last_img

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