Friday, October 24, 2014

The University of Kansas Hospital ranks high among nation’s academic medical centers

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The University of Kansas Hospital ranks seventh in quality and safety in a national study of the top academic medical centers.

It is the ninth year in a row the hospital has finished in the top 13 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 Institute of Medicine’s 6 domains of care (safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and patient centeredness) were again used as a guide in structuring the performance categories, and measures of mortality, safety, effectiveness, equity, and patient centeredness were specifically identified and included to determine rankings.  

“We are both proud of this year’s results and determined to improve upon them.  The great thing about this survey is it is focused upon objective criteria of the biggest names in academic medicine in the country.  While we are honored to be on this list, we also know that we must meet the challenge of providing the best care for each and every patient every day,” said Tammy Peterman, RN MS, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of The University of Kansas Hospital.

This year, 104 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 October 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.