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Ten Academic Medical Centers Receive UHC's 2013 Quality Leadership Award

CHICAGO, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UHC announced the 10 top-performing academic medical centers that have been awarded the 2013 UHC Quality Leadership Award. The award is given to UHC member academic medical centers that have demonstrated superior performance in delivering high-quality patient care as measured by UHC's 2013 Quality and Accountability Study, which analyzed data from 101 UHC member academic medical centers nationwide.

The 2013 winners are:
  • NYU Langone Medical Center, New York
  • Emory University Hospital, Georgia
  • Emory University Hospital Midtown, Georgia
  • Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota
  • Rush University Medical Center, Illinois
  • Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Fletcher Allen Health Care, Vermont
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Ohio
  • University of Utah Health Care, Utah
  • University of Colorado Hospital, Colorado

"As UHC Quality Leadership Award recipients, these academic medical centers have distinctively proven a commitment to providing outstanding patient care," said Irene M. Thompson, UHC's president and chief executive officer. "Their consistent superior performance across all clinical services is a true reflection of organization-wide best practices that have made a difference in health care delivery."

The award winners were announced at the UHC Annual Conference 2013 in Atlanta, Ga, which drew more than 1,500 health care professionals from more than 100 UHC member organizations across the country.

"It is no surprise that attendance at this conference continues to expand, as health care improvement is a continuous process," said Richard P. Lofgren, MD, MPH, FACP, UHC senior vice president and chief clinical officer. "Health care leaders come from institutions nationwide to share best practices and proven operational and clinical methods in order to continue to improve health care delivery and hospital performance."

The UHC Quality Leadership Award uses a unique and in-depth methodology 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 6 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 database and the publicly reported Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.  

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