September 30, 2016

University HospitalCOLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center announces it has won Vizient’s 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award for demonstrating superior performance as  measured by Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study, conducted annually since 2005. 

This is the fourth consecutive year that Ohio State Wexner Medical Center has earned this quality award. 

“We’re honored to consistently prove we are among the highest performing medical centers participating in this rigorous analysis,” said Dr. Sheldon Retchin, executive vice president of health sciences and CEO of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “We thank our high-performing and dedicated faculty and staff for their daily efforts to achieve excellence.” 

Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study helps academic medical centers and community hospitals 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 – safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient centeredness – were used as a guide to structure the study criteria.

“We constantly focus on ways to improve our performance and value to provide the highest quality of care to our patients,” said Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce, chief quality and patient safety officer at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “Initiatives such as standardized discharge education, medication reconciliation in high risk patients, care transformation episode development, implementation of MyChart Bedside, and engaging patients and families in care decision making contributed to winning this year’s award.” 

More than 100 academic medical centers and 124 community hospitals participated in this year’s study, which reviewed performance data from a variety of sources, including Vizient’s Clinical Data Base, Vizient’s Core Measures Data Base, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network. The study is considered an important benchmark among university hospitals.

The 13 academic medical centers recognized with this award are:

• University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
• NYU Langone Medical Center
• Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester
• Froedtert Health-Froedtert Hospital
• Rush University Medical Center
• WVU Medicine West Virginia University Hospitals
• Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
• Cedars-Sinai Health System
• Houston Methodist
• Nebraska Medicine
• The Ohio State University Wexner Health System
• University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
• University of Vermont Medical Center

The award winners were announced at the Vizient Clinical Connections Summit in Dallas, Texas.


Media Contact: Marti Leitch, Wexner Medical Center Media Relations

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