UW Hospital and Clinics Among Nation's Top Hospitals in Two Independent Rankings

MADISON - Employees at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics are celebrating what may be an unprecedented accomplishment - the hospital being named, within two days, to two highly coveted and prestigious national lists of the nation's top-performing hospitals.
UW Hospital and Clinics is one of the nation's top 100 hospitals, according to a new study by Solucient, a company that provides comparative national measurements of cost, quality and performance in health care. Its report, "100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success-2004," lists the 100 hospitals considered top in the nation for superior clinical, operational and financial performance.
Released February 28, 2005, the Solucient analysis is based on publicly available data from more than 6,000 acute-care hospitals nationwide. Each hospital in the study was assigned to one of five comparison groups according to bed size, teaching status and residency program involvement.
UW Hospital was one of only 15 hospitals, and the only one in Wisconsin, chosen in the category of "major teaching hospitals."
In the other ranking, UW Hospital was judged one of "50 Exceptional Hospitals" by the Leapfrog Group, a consortium of large industrial corporations whose focus is on the reduction of hospital errors as one means to reduce health care costs. The Leapfrog Group's list was published March 1 in the April 2005 issue of Consumers Digest, which includes a special report on hospital safety.
UW Hospital CEO Donna Sollenberger credited the organization's commitment to quality improvement as well as the strong teamwork between physicians and hospital employees that provide patients superior results.
"This is gratifying recognition for everyone in our organization," Sollenberger noted. "Quality cannot be just a buzzword, or the latest 'trend in the industry.' Reaching this elite level of performance requires a daily effort to deliver safe, cost-effective care to our community."
Solucient noted that hospitals in the upper Midwest "have taken the lead in setting new national benchmarks" for survival, safety, complication-free care and overall hospital performance.
The vice president of clinical informatics at Solucient said that if all acute care hospitals performed at the same level that the benchmarks do, an additional 66,506 patient stays could be complication-free - with an estimated annual savings of $6.2 billion. The Solucient study includes nine measures of quality and safety.

Date Published: 06/06/2007

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