October 18, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been awarded the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality Leadership Award and ranked 8th in UHC's 2013 Quality and Accountability Study.  The Quality and Accountability Study analyzed data from 101 academic medical centers in the United States.

“This honor from UHC recognizes that the performance of our Medical Center is among the top 10 of academic medical centers in the nation,” said Steven Gabbe, MD, chief executive officer of OSU Wexner Medical Center. “This award is especially important because it honors those outstanding performers at the top of the UHC annual Quality and Accountability Study. This report ranks hospital systems based on publically reported data for our Medical Center’s performance in the areas of mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness and efficiency.

“This award is a clear testament to our teamwork and thoughtful long-term planning that has focused on increased efficiencies, effectiveness and attention to value. The net result has been to provide our patients with the highest overall quality of care.”

Other academic medical centers recognized this year by UHC include NYU Langone Medical Center, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Rush University Medical Center, Beaumont Hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care, University of Utah Health Care and University of Colorado Hospital.
“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.”

UHC’s Quality and Accountability Study 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 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. 

UHC, which was formed in 1984 and is based in Chicago, is an alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers, which are focused on delivering world-class patient care. UHC fosters collaboration with and among its 118 academic medical center and 299 affiliated hospital members through its renowned solutions in the areas of performance improvement, comparative data and analytics, supply chain management, strategic research, and public policy.


Contact: Sherri Kirk, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, or Sherri.Kirk@osumc.edu


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