Assessed the Best in the Nation
Based on 15 nationally recognized patient safety indicators and procedures
Comparing the actual rate to the rate that would be expected based on severity of patient illness
Performance on The Joint Commission core measures and other indicators such as surgical readmission rates
Based on disparities in outcomes related to race, gender or ability to pay
While UW Hospital and Clinics ranked well in each of the areas examined, the hospital outperformed all other UHC organizations in the category of patient mortality - a factor many would consider the most important for patients when choosing a hospital. UW Hospital and Clinics also received the top composite score.
"Our ultimate goal is to be the safest hospital in the country and to provide the most advanced treatments in a caring and error-free environment," says Donna Sollenberger, chief executive officer of UW Hospital and Clinics. "These accolades will motivate us to stay focused on patients, on the quality and safety of care, and on efficient use of our resources."
The UHC study used a scoring matrix to evaluate specific quality and safety outcomes at each hospital, assigning each institution a numerical percentage score. Six of the top-ranked institutions received private site visits from UHC evaluators, who sought to determine the key organizational attributes that led to favorable patient outcomes.
Surveyors found that hospitals with strong leadership, a focus on service excellence, and a collaborative partnership between physicians, nurses and other care providers scored top marks.
Date Published: 06/06/2007