The University of Arizona Medical Center Wins Quality Leadership Award

The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus has won a prestigious 2012 University HealthSystem Consortium Quality Leadership Award.
 
The hospital won the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) award in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and now again in 2012.
 
The Quality Leadership Award honors the top 10 performers in UHC’s Quality and Accountability Study, which ranked The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus ninth overall in performance in the areas of mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness and efficiency. Just over 100 academic medical centers were ranked this year. The top 10 are:
  1. University of Colorado Hospital
  2. Emory University Hospital
  3. The University of Kansas Hospital
  4. University of Utah Health Care
  5. Beaumont Health System (Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak)
  6. Emory University Hospital Midtown
  7. Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minn.
  8. NYU Langone Medical Center
  9. The University of Arizona Medical Center
  10. Denver Health
“This honor means a lot to us because it compares us to our peers – the nation’s academic hospitals,” said Andreas Theodorou, MD, chief medical officer for The University of Arizona Medical Center. “Quality and safety are top issues at all hospitals these days, so for us to rank among the top performers in a crowded and impressive field – that makes us very proud. I am grateful to my hospital colleagues and co-workers. Tucson is fortunate to have them.”
 
Karen Mlawsky, co-CEO of The University of Arizona Health Network, Dr. Theodorou and other hospital executives traveled to Orlando, Fla., to receive the award at UHC’s national conference on Sept. 13.

“I am so very proud of our physicians, nurses and entire staff for this honor,” she said. “It is a testament to their dedication and excellence on behalf of our patients every day. It’s a privilege to work with this team.”
 
"Improving patient care and operational effectiveness is of paramount importance to every health-care provider, and these organizations are the best of the best," said Irene M. Thompson, UHC president and chief executive officer. "Being named a UHC Quality Leadership Award winner is truly a reflection of everyone's efforts at the hospital – from the executives and board members to the physicians to the nurses and support staff."
 
Formerly known as University Medical Center, the 487-bed hospital at 1501 N. Campbell Ave. in Tucson is part of The University of Arizona Health Network, the state’s leading academic medical system. It is the primary teaching hospital of the UA Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing. Its mission is Advancing Health and Wellness through Education, Research and Patient Care.