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Oct. 30, 2014 Volume 36, No. 10

MU Health Care wins award for excellence in patient care

MU Health Care is among the nation’s top 12 academic medical centers for superior performance, United HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) announced Oct. 23. The national quality award was for demonstrated excellence in patient care.

“We’re proud to be recognized for the superior care we provide to our patients,” said Mitch Wasden, MU Health Care chief executive officer and chief operating officer. 

UHC is a Chicago-based alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers. The UHC Quality Leadership Award uses a unique and in-depth methodology and ranking system based on data analysis from the annual Quality and Accountability Study, designed to help academic medical centers identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient-care activity. 

The third-party rating is an indicator for patients that they will receive high-quality care. 

The Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care — mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness and efficiency — were used as a guide in structuring the study, according to a news release. The composite scoring system uses a comprehensive approach to analyzing patient-level data from the UHC Clinical Data Base/Resource Manager, as well as data from the UHC Core Measures Data Base and the publicly reported Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. 

The other 11 award winners were:

• NYU Langone Medical Center

• Mayo Clinic Hospital–Rochester

• The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

• Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

• Rush University Medical Center

• University of Utah Health Care

• The University of Kansas Hospital

• Emory University Hospital

• Cleveland Clinic

• Houston Methodist Hospital

• Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center

“UHC commends these academic medical centers for their strong commitment to providing high-quality patient care throughout their clinical enterprises,” said Irene M. Thompson, UHC’s president and chief executive officer.