AMCs recognized for quality

University of Colorado Hospital named top academic medical center

The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) has named the University of Colorado Hospital the nation's top-performing academic medical center.

The UHC's Quality and Accountability Study was created in 2005 to help AMCs identify strategies associated with high quality and safety performance. It assesses AMCs across six domains of care outlined by the Institute of Medicine: mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness, and efficiency.

This year, 101 of UHC's 114 members were included in the study. The organization recognized the top 10 academic medical centers in the study with the UHC Quality Leadership Award. Those centers are:
The Advisory Board Company congratulates the University of Colorado Hospital and the other nine AMCs recognized on their quality improvement initiatives and resulting honors. All ten organizations are Advisory Board members:

1. University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora);
2. University of Kansas Hospital Authority (Kansas City);
3. Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago);
4. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.);
5. University of California-San Diego Health System;
6. Denver Health;
7. University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (Salt Lake City);
8. Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.);
9. The Ohio State University Medical Center (Columbus); and
10. Emory University Hospital (Atlanta, Ga.). 

According to UHC President and CEO Irene Thompson, "The efforts of these 10 hospitals in improving patient care and operational effectiveness distinguish them as leaders."

According to University of Colorado Hospital President and CEO Bruce Schroffel, "No honor could mean more to the University of Colorado Hospital. To be recognized for the quality of care we provide is the ultimate affirmation. It is the highest compliment a hospital can receive" (UHC release, 9/22; Denver Post, 9/23; University of Colorado Hospital release, 9/22).

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