• By Rhoda Madson

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

October 12, 2018

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ROCHESTER, Minn. Five Mayo Clinic sites have received the Vizient 2018 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D., Quality Leadership Award for high-quality patient care.

This award honors superior performance among academic medical centers and community hospitals nationwide for delivering safe, timely, effective, efficient and equitable patient-centered care.

“We are honored that five Mayo Clinic sites received the 2018 Quality Leadership Award,” says Paula Santrach, M.D., chief quality officer, Mayo Clinic. “This recognizes our staff’s total commitment to patient care and the extraordinary depth and breadth of our medical practice.”

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota ranked first among 99 academic medical centers. Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida ranked third. Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona ranked sixth. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, ranked eighth among 100 teaching medical centers. And Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Minnesota, was second among 93 community hospitals.

This was the third straight year that the Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing was in the top three.

"This award validates that patients receive exceptional Mayo Clinic care in our community practices,” says Annie Sadosty, M.D., regional vice president, Southeast Minnesota region, Mayo Clinic Health System. “As we invest in world-class expertise, services, technologies and facilities, patients can not only get better, but live well close to home.”

This is the first year Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire was recognized.

“This is truly an honor,” says Richard Helmers, M.D., regional vice president, Northwest Wisconsin region, Mayo Clinic Health System. “I’m so proud of our staff that tirelessly works every day to ensure the needs of our patients come first.”

The awards are based on the results of a quality and accountability study that help hospitals enhance patient care. The Institute of Medicine’s six areas of care – Safety, Timeliness, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Equity and Patient-Centeredness – guided how the study criteria were structured.

The study 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.

The awards were presented on Oct. 4 during the 2018 Vizient Clinical Connections Summit in Las Vegas.

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