CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UHC has awarded its Rising Star honors to Duke University Hospital, Medical University of South Carolina, Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, and Cleveland Clinic during the UHC Annual Conference 2012 in Orlando, Fla. The award recognizes significant improvements and exemplary performance in patient safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, and equity of care as defined in UHC's Quality and Accountability Study.
"UHC congratulates these hospitals for successfully focusing on health care quality and accountability improvement," said Irene M. Thompson, UHC president and chief executive officer. "This Rising Star achievement is especially notable because other academic medical centers are also working in earnest to improve patient safety and quality, and thus it has become quite difficult to stand out among more than 100 peer organizations."
UHC's Quality and Accountability Study was designed to help academic medical centers identify structures and practices that are associated with high performance in quality and safety.
UHC is an alliance of the nation's leading nonprofit academic medical centers, which are focused on delivering world-class patient care. Based in Chicago, Ill, UHC fosters collaboration with and among its 116 academic medical center and 276 affiliated hospital members through its renowned programs and services in the areas of comparative data and analytics, performance improvement, supply chain management, strategic research, and public policy. UHC helps its members achieve excellence in quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness. Formed in 1984, UHC's membership includes a majority of the nonprofit academic medical centers in the United States. For more information, visit uhc.edu.