UMHS receives excellence award for quality and accountability

October 11, 2016  //  FOUND IN: UMHS News

Congratulations to the University of Michigan Health System on recently being awarded the 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award.

The award, presented by Vizient, Inc., recognizes the organization for demonstrating superior performance as measured by Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study, which has been conducted annually since 2005. The study helps academic medical centers and community hospitals identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activities.

The Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care — safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient centeredness — were used as a guide in structuring the study criteria.

“We are proud to once again be named among the national leaders in health care,” said David A. Spahlinger, MD, executive vice dean for clinical affairs and president of UMHS. “Serving the needs of our patients is our first priority and our employees work hard every day to ensure our patients get the highest quality of care in a safe, comfortable environment. Our employees’ dedication is the cornerstone of our success.”

This year, more than 100 academic medical centers and 124 community hospitals were included in Vizient’s study, which reviewed performance data from a variety of sources, including Vizient’s Clinical and Core Measures Data Bases, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network.

“The Birnbaum Quality Leadership Award recognizes the high quality and safety of care provided by all members of our staff,” said Steven Bernstein, MD, MPH, chief quality officer at UMHS. “By working together in multidisciplinary teams and placing patients and their families first, our employees deliver the type of care our patients deserve.“

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