News Release: Emory Healthcare , Woodruff Health Sciences

Sep. 23,  2011

Emory Hospitals Make Leaps in University HealthSystem Consortium National Quality Rankings

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ATLANTA- Three Emory hospitals - Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, have made tremendous leaps in national quality rankings.

Out of 101 academic medical centers ranked by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), joint facilities Emory University Hospital and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital jumped to 10th (up from 45th in 2010) and Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked 11th (up from 42nd in 2010).  

The UHC rankings rigorously look at how academic medical centers are doing in multiple dimensions of quality and safety, and are traditionally looked upon as providing the best, most non-biased national quality measurement system available. Formed in 1984, UHC is an alliance of 114 academic medical centers and 255 of their affiliated hospitals representing approximately 90 percent of the nation's non-profit academic medical centers.

Emory Healthcare, in fact, takes these rankings so seriously that senior leaders five years ago added UHC data to the organization's system-wide scorecard. Since then, Emory has embarked on a mission to make improvements that will not only impact rankings, but, more importantly, will also redefine the care delivered to our patients, according to John T. Fox, president and chief executive officer for Emory Healthcare.

"As an academic medical center, one of the highest recognitions is to be a quality leader amongst our peers nationally. It brings me great pleasure to share this outstanding news with the entire Emory Healthcare family, our patients, and the communities we serve," says Fox. "Our physicians, nurses and employees have made an extraordinary impact on the lives of our patients now - and those who will seek our care in the future. Each day, we demonstrate the extraordinary through our unrelenting focus on quality. This focus by our team is evidence of our commitment and dedication to our patients, and proves that we are leaders in delivering exceptional care."

"The improvements we've achieved represent remarkable accomplishments that have been possible only through teamwork and collaboration, says William Bornstein, MD, PhD, chief quality and medical officer for Emory Healthcare. "These improvements are not just numerical rankings. They also represent the progress we have made in caring for our patients."

"We have always known that Emory nurses, physicians, allied health and support staff bring an unprecedented level of knowledge and expertise to patient care. Their collaboration across our system and within their teams has not only made a huge difference in our quality rankings, but is also changing the delivery of health care for future generations," says Susan Grant, MS, RN, FAAN, chief nursing officer for Emory Healthcare.

Academic medical centers, which often serve as community safety net hospitals, typically treat America's sickest, most complex patient cases, and a disproportionate number of patients who are uninsured, underinsured, or indigent. Additionally, many of these institutions are centers for cutting-edge scientific research and biomedical innovation, leading the way for tomorrow's treatments and cures.   

Emory Healthcare is the largest, most comprehensive health care system in Georgia, providing more than 2.8 million outpatient services and 55,000 hospital in-patient admissions in 2010. Encompassing The Emory Clinic, Emory-Children's Center, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Wesley Woods Center, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory Healthcare services more than 1,400 licensed beds and employs approximately 12,000 individuals. 



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