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National Quality and Safety Study Again Ranks Rush University Medical Center Among Top Five Performing Academic Medical Centers

October 18, 2013

(CHICAGO) — Rush University Medical Center again has received the UHC’s (University HealthSystem Consortium) Quality Leadership Award, ranking fifth among 101 academic medical centers in the UHC’s annual study. Rush is the only medical center in Illinois to be listed among the top 10.

Medical centers that demonstrated excellence in delivering high-quality care in the study received the Quality Leadership Award. The 2013 study evaluated 101 of the UHC’s principal member hospitals on the basis of mortality, effectiveness, safety, patient centeredness and equity of care. Rush attained a perfect score in the equity of care category, which means that the results of Rush patients’ care do not vary due to differences in patients’ gender, race or socioeconomic status, in every year that that the study has been conducted.

The results of the study were announced at the UHC’s annual conference, which is being held in Atlanta. Based in Chicago, the UHC is an alliance of 118 academic medical centers and 299 of their affiliated hospitals representing the nation’s leading academic medical centers.

The study examined data provided by member hospitals through the UHC’s comparative Clinical Data Base and Core Measures database. In addition, the study reviewed source data from the publicly reported Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Unlike other reviews of hospitals that take reputation into account, the UHC study is based entirely on objective data related to patient outcomes. The purpose of the annual study, according to the UHC, is to determine what structures and practices contribute to high levels of quality and safety across a wide variety of patient populations at academic medical centers.

“Patients look to academic medical centers to provide advanced, innovative care, so it is an especially great honor that the UHC again has ranked Rush among the top five in our peer group,” says Dr. Larry J. Goodman, Rush CEO. “Our performance on the UHC study reflects the clinical excellence, dedication and effort of the thousands of people at the Medical Center who work together to deliver exceptional care for our patients, and I congratulate them on it.”

This year marks the sixth time since the UHC Quality and Accountability Study was begun in 2005 that Rush has been ranked in the study’s top ten, and Rush’s fifth appearance among the top five.