UC Health medical centers receive recognition for patient safety, care quality

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Vizient ranked two of UC San Diego Health’s hospitals, located in La Jolla and Hillcrest, as seventh nationally, and both hospitals have achieved top-performer status for two consecutive years. (Photo by Coolcaesar under CC BY-SA 3.0.)

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Three of UC Health’s academic health centers received recognition for patient care quality and safety programs.

This recognition comes from the 2020 Quality and Accountability study by health care organization Vizient, with three UC medical centers ranking in the top 13 of 100 academic health care systems in the United States.

The health systems were ranked based on six criteria — safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, patient-centeredness and equity, according to a UC Office of the President, or UCOP, press release.

“Our internal programs and measurements guide our quality and patient safety efforts while helping all of our hospitals strive for continuous improvement,” said UCOP spokesperson Heather Harper. “Third-party assessments provide important national benchmarks for our academic health centers among similar institutions.”

According to the press release, Vizient ranked two of UC San Diego Health’s hospitals, located in La Jolla and Hillcrest, as seventh nationally, and both hospitals have achieved top-performer status for two consecutive years.

UCSD Health itself ranked fourth in safety, which is a reflection of its substantial reduction of infections.

In addition, UC Irvine Health’s Medical Center, which ranked eighth nationally, also earned top-performer status and a five-star ranking, according to the press release.

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center ranked 13th and also achieved top-performer status and a five-star rating, the press release stated. Additionally, UCLA Health’s Santa Monica Medical Center ranked within the top 20.

“UCLA Health is proud of recognition from Vizient, which reflects a commitment to our priority of providing safe, high-quality care to patients at all times,” said UCLA Health spokesperson Phil Hampton.

According to Hampton, UCLA Health was recently ranked first in California and fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Hampton added that UCLA Health has placed on the U.S. News & World Report honor roll for 31 consecutive years, which is a distinction that only 20 hospitals have received.

Contact Leon Chen and Tarunika Kapoor at [email protected].