• By Kelley Luckstein

Mayo Clinic again receives top honors for high-quality patient care

November 23, 2021
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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Nine Mayo Clinic hospitals received high rankings for quality patient care in the Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D., Quality and Affordability Study by Vizient Inc., the nation's leading health care performance improvement company.

The rankings honor superior performance among academic medical centers; large, specialized, complex care medical centers; and community hospitals nationwide for delivering safe, timely, effective, efficient and equitable patient-centered care.

"These exceptional rankings are well-deserved recognition for our staff's sustained commitment to placing patients at the center of safe and high-quality care, no matter the challenge," says Sean Dowdy, M.D., Mayo Clinic's chief value officer. "Congratulations to every Mayo Clinic site for excellent performances in the national study this year."

These are the 2021 Vizient rankings across Mayo Clinic:

  • Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona
    Ranked No. 7 among 117 large, specialized, complex care medical centers.
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital in Florida
    Ranked No. 1 among 117 large, specialized, complex care medical centers.
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester
    Ranked No. 1 among 101 academic medical centers.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea and Austin, Minnesota
    Ranked No. 18 among 226 community hospitals.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    Ranked No. 15 among 121 complex care medical centers.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System Fairmont, Minnesota
    Ranked No. 24 among 226 community hospitals.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System La Crosse, Wisconsin
    Ranked No. 21 among 121 complex care medical centers.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato, Minnesota
    Ranked No. 3 among 121 complex care medical centers.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System Red Wing, Minnesota
    Ranked No. 4 among 226 community hospitals.

"On behalf of our staff and the communities we serve, we are honored and humbled that Mayo Clinic Health System received national recognition for patient quality and safety," says Prathibha Varkey, M.B.B.S., president of Mayo Clinic Health System. "We appreciate and thank our hardworking teams for their resilience amid the pandemic, in addition to their relentless pursuit of excellence focused on patient-centered care."

The rankings are based on a quality and accountability study that helps hospitals enhance patient care. The Institute of Medicine's six areas of care — Safety, Timeliness, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Equity and Patient-centeredness — structure the study criteria.

The study also includes data from Vizient's clinical and core measures databases, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network.

Vizient Inc. was founded in 2015 as the combination of VHA Inc., a national health care network of not-for-profit hospitals; University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of the nation's leading academic medical centers; and Novation, the health care contracting company they jointly owned.

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Media contact:

Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, newsbureau@mayo.edu