UW Health Gets Coveted Five Star National Rating
MADISON - For the second year in a row, UW Health has been named one of the 10 top-performing academic health centers in the United States, based on a national quality and accountability benchmarking study by the University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of academic health centers in the U.S. and their affiliated hospitals.
The study focused on measuring quality and safe patient care at the 81 UHC member organizations, each of which was rated in four key areas:
- Safety - Based on 15 nationally recognized patient safety indicators and procedures
- Mortality - Comparing the actual rate to the rate that would be expected based on severity of patient illness
- Effectiveness - Performance on Joint Commission national hospital quality measures and other indicators such as surgical readmission rates
- Equity - Based on disparities in outcomes related to race, gender or ability to pay
Based on the benchmark scoring, UW Health was one of 10 academic health centers to receive a Five Star rating. (Others included the Mayo Clinic, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.)
UW Health ranked well in each of the four key areas, and was the top performer in both Equity and in Patient Centeredness, a category that was measured in the benchmark but not factored into the composite performance rating.
"We're justifiably proud that the work we're doing to become the safest academic health center in the country is being recognized by our peers," says Donna Sollenberger, chief executive officer of UW Hospital and Clinics.
"This tells us that our continuing efforts to focus on patients are resulting in quantifiable and positive outcomes for them," Sollenberger added. "This outcome is reflective of the technical excellence of our nurses, physicians and staff who care for our patients."
The UHC study used a scoring matrix to evaluate specific quality and safety outcomes at each academic health center, assigning each institution a numerical percentage score. Surveyors found that academic health centers 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