For the third consecutive year, University Medical Center on the campus of the University of Arizona has won a coveted Quality Leadership Award from the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), a national organization comprised of 107 U.S. academic medical centers.
The prestigious award is granted annually to five academic medical centers delivering high-quality care as measured by the UHC Quality & Accountability Study. This year, 98 academic medical centers were included in the analysis, which measured safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient-centered care.
UMC and four other academic medical centers – University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, Methodist Hospital of Indiana, Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Penn., and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., were the top performers in the annual study. UMC’s overall score placed it in the No. 2 spot of 98 academic medical centers, as compared to No. 4 last year.
“National recognition is well deserved for these hospitals that have distinguished themselves as high-performing organizations in a complex environment,” said UHC President Irene M. Thompson.
UMC Chief Medical Officer Andreas Theodorou, MD, Board Chair Judy Gignac, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Burns and a team of UMC staff members accepted the award today at the 10th annual UHC Quality and Safety Fall Forum in San Diego.
“UMC is recognized by a number of organizations for high-quality patient care outcomes, but this honor means a lot to us because it compares us to our peers -- other academic hospitals,” said Dr. Theodorou. “We know that the growing emphasis on improving hospital quality over the past few years is improving patient care everywhere, so for UMC to rank among the top performers in a crowded and impressive field makes us very proud.”
Burns added, “We are very honored to be recognized by UHC for what is a team effort aimed at improving the quality of care for our patients. This is affirmation that the commitment and dedication of the physicians and staff of UMC can make a difference.”
This summer, UMC and University Physicians Healthcare, the practice plan of the University of Arizona College of Medicine physicians that manages UPH Hospital, joined forces into a new organization, tentatively titled UA Healthcare. UMC and UPH, as part of this new organization, are in the process of integrating their operations, including their quality improvement efforts, as they continue their efforts to better serve their community and the academic mission of the University of Arizona.