October 23, 2014

University HospitalCOLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been ranked third among the 104 academic medical centers in the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) and is one of only 12 academic medical centers to receive a 2014 Quality Leadership Award. The award is given to UHC member academic medical centers that demonstrate superior performance in delivering high-quality safe, efficient, patient-centered and equitable patient care.

“We are honored to be ranked by UHC as one of the top three academic medical institutions providing the highest quality of care in the country, said Dr. Steven Gabbe, senior vice president of health sciences and CEO of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. “I’m so proud of our faculty and staff. This is a testament of the commitment they make every day to improve people’s lives and provide the best possible and safest care."

The UHC Quality Leadership Award uses an in-depth methodology and ranking system based on data analysis from the annual Quality and Accountability Study. Conducted annually since 2005, the study ranks AMCs on their performance in six key quality indicators: mortality, safety, effectiveness, equity, patient centeredness and efficiency. The composite scoring system uses a comprehensive approach to analyzing patient-level data from the UHC Clinical Data Base/Resource Manager™, the UHC Core Measures Data Base and the publicly reported Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. The study is considered an important benchmark among university hospitals.

In addition to the overall third place ranking, Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center achieved top ten rankings in three of the six measures: ninth for safety, third for mortality and second for efficiency. The Medical Center also jumped 12 places to rank 23rd for patient centeredness.

“Through thoughtful and strategic planning, our teams have focused on increased efficiencies and attention to value, which has translated to providing patients with the highest overall quality of care,” said Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce, chief quality and patient safety officer at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.

Moffatt-Bruce says several initiatives led to Ohio State’s improvements, some of which include standardization of care and integration of evidence-based practice guidelines with the electronic medical records; streamlined discharge processes to increase the number of discharges by 10 a.m.; implementation of readmission risk assessments and risk reduction strategies; increased use of hospice; and process improvements for code blue, infection control and pressure ulcer prevention.

The academic medical centers recognized with this award are:

  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester
  • The Ohio State University 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
The awards were announced at the UHC Annual Conference 2014 in Las Vegas. 


Media Contact: Marti Leitch
Wexner Medical Center Media Relations

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