Rush University Medical Center has been ranked for the third consecutive year among the five top-performing academic medical centers in the country.
Only one other medical center besides Rush has ranked in the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality and Accountability Study's top five annually since 2007. And Rush is one of only two medical centers to rank among the top 10 every year since the study's inception in 2005.
"It is very satisfying to know that the UHC study has found that Rush has maintained consistently high levels of care," says Larry J. Goodman, MD, Rush president and CEO. "These results are a tribute to the skill of everyone who works at Rush and their dedication to providing the best possible care. I thank all our employees and medical staff for their contributions to this achievement."
Based in Oakbrook, Illinois, the UHC is an alliance of 103 academic medical centers and 219 member-affiliated hospitals that helps its members to improve clinical, financial and operational performance.
Unlike other reviews of hospitals that take reputation into account, the UHC study is a completely objective evaluation based entirely on official data related to patient outcomes. The 2009 study evaluated 93 academic medical centers on the basis of mortality, effectiveness, patient safety, equity of care, efficiency and patient centeredness.
The study again awarded Rush a five-star rating, the highest possible, for its overall performance. For the fifth consecutive year, Rush received a perfect score of 100 percent in the equity of care category, which measures whether patient outcomes differ due to gender, race or socioeconomic status.
"This result indicates that we provide the same level of care to all our patients, regardless of background. We all can take great pride in maintaining that high standard of equality," Goodman says.
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