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Dec. 3, 2015 - USA Medical Center awarded four stars in quality by University HealthSystem Consortium


The University of South Alabama Medical Center was recently awarded four stars by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) through its annual University Health Center Quality and Accountability Study.

In the latest UHC study, USA’s Medical Center also was ranked 28 overall of 102 academic medical centers across the U.S. The new 2015 rating was a move up from previous years in the survey. USA’s Medical Center received its highest rating in safety, coming in fifth of the 102 medical centers, according to survey results. It ranked 11th in patient centeredness and 17th in effectiveness of 102 participating academic medical centers. 

The top three medical centers in the UHC report were NYU Langone Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester.

“We’ve always known the quality of care given to patients at the Medical Center is excellent,” said Beth Anderson, University of South Alabama Medical Center administrator. “We’re extremely proud that fact has been recognized by such a well-respected organization.”

UHC's Quality and Accountability Study was designed to help academic medical centers identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity. The Institute of Medicine's six domains of care — safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and patient centeredness — were used as a guide in structuring the study criteria.

“Everyone is part of this success story,” said Dr. Clara V. Massey, a cardiologist, Director of the Division of Cardiology at USAMC and chair of the Performance Improvement Committee. “It takes hundreds of people working together to create this kind of change.”

This year, 102 UHC member institutions were included in the analysis, which used performance data from a variety of sources, including the UHC Clinical Data Base/Resource Manager, the UHC Core Measures Data Base, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network. As in previous years, the scoring and ranking methodology was refined for the 2015 study to ensure that contemporary measures of quality and safety are included.

About the University of South Alabama Medical Center

With nearly 7,000 admissions annually, the University of South Alabama Medical Center offers the highest level of care to the central Gulf Coast with services including Mobile’s only Level I Trauma Center and the Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center. With a workforce of more than 1,200, the medical center also offers centers of excellence in stroke care and cardiovascular diseases, and a wide range of acute care services. As a teaching and research center for the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, the hospital plays a key role in the development of tomorrow’s technology and in the training of the next generation of health care professionals.

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