Thursday, September 13, 2012

University of Kansas Hospital ranked in top five of national academic medical centers

The University of Kansas Hospital ranks third in quality and safety in a national study of 101 of the top academic medical centers.

It is the fourth time in six years the hospital has finished in the top five of the University HealthSystem Consortium’s Quality and Accountability Study. 

“It is the commitment to our patients by physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals which produces such constant outstanding results.  It is one thing to be ranked among the best in the country; it is even more remarkable to stay at such a high level,” said Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of The University of Kansas Hospital.

The hospital ranked second in the survey last year.

“Remarkably, many of our scores are better than they were last year, which means the bar continues to rise in this country to be listed among the best in healthcare. To maintain a high ranking for patient outcomes among academic hospitals takes professional dedication by our physicians and staff and a commitment to those professionals by the hospital,” said Tammy Peterman, RN MS, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of The University of Kansas Hospital.

UHC’s distinctive Quality & Accountability Study was designed to help AMCs 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 6 domains of care—mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness, and efficiency—were again used as a guide in structuring the study.

This year, 101 UHC member institutions were included in the analysis, which relies on data from the UHC Clinical Data Base/Resource Manager™, UHC Core Measures Data Base, and the publicly-reported Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.

The results were announced at the annual UHC meeting on September 13, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.