Two Houston Methodist hospitals received the highest honors from Vizient, an alliance of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. Both Houston Methodist Hospital and Houston Methodist West Hospital were honored with the 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Award given to hospitals and academic medical centers that have demonstrated superior performance as measured by Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study, conducted annually since 2005.
Houston Methodist Hospital ranked No. 9 among academic medical centers, and Houston Methodist West Hospital was one of 14 community hospitals honored. This was the first time Vizient has recognized community hospitals. The study was designed to help academic medical centers identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care. The Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care – safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient centeredness – were again used as a guide in structuring the study criteria.
This year, more than 100 academic medical centers and 124 community hospitals were included in the analysis, which used performance data from a variety of sources. “This is a great honor, because it identifies Houston Methodist hospitals as being focused on safety and quality,” said Marc Boom, MD, president and chief executive officer of Houston Methodist. “Our physicians and employees are dedicated to providing patients the best care possible. This is why our flagship hospital won this national award three years in a row and why Houston Methodist West was also recognized this year in the first ever community hospital ranking. This recognition belongs to our employees and physicians.”
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