UVM Medical Center again in top ranks nationally

The University of Vermont Medical Center is again being counted as a top performer among leading academic medical centers in the 2014 University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality and Accountability Study, nationally recognized as the most important analysis of its kind. UHC is an alliance of nearly all of the academic medical centers in the United States.

Excellent results in infection prevention, low rates of complications and readmissions, and overall efficiency of care contributed to the high ranking.

“The elite university hospitals are in this study, so this means our patients are getting some of the best care in the country close to home,” said John Brumsted, MD, president and CEO of The University of Vermont Medical Center and The University of Vermont Health Network. “This achievement is due to the relentless efforts our employees make to provide the best possible care for every patient every single time.”

“The most important lesson from all of this is that, among the nation’s leading academic medical centers, we are demonstrating consistency and competence at every level,” he continued. “The numbers show that we are more than holding our own, and that quality and patient safety are embedded in our culture.”

Continued Leadership in Supply Chain Performance
In a separate analysis, UHC determined that for the second year in a row, The University of Vermont Medical Center ranked #2 in supply chain efficiency, which follows a #1 ranking in 2012. Supply chain involves buying and distributing all clinical and non-clinical items at the lowest possible cost. Among other functions, the supply chain operation makes sure doctors and other providers have the items they need at the time they need them to provide the best care for patients. Over the past 3yearsThe University of Vermont Medical Centerhas produced more than $15million in direct savings and/or cost avoidance in acquisition of supplies and equipment.

“This year’s UHC findings confirm what other studies have shown - The University of Vermont Medical Center is a national leader in providing high quality, low cost health care,” said DrBrumsted.

Source: University of Vermont Medical CenterThe University of Vermont Medical Center(formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care), is a 447 bed regional referral center providing advanced care to approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York. Together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont’s academic medical center. The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member ofThe University of Vermont Health Network, a four hospital system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community we serve. Our partners are:The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center;The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital; andThe University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital.The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information visitwww.UVMHealth.org/MedCenteror visit our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites athttp://www.UVMHealth.org/MedCenterSocialMedia