UTMC named outstanding performer in federal program

November 18, 2016 | News, UTMC
By Rebecca Schwan

The University of Toledo Medical Center has been recognized by Vizient’s Hospital Engagement Network as an Outstanding Performer for its efforts toward achieving patient safety goals.

UT Medical Center

UT Medical Center

The award recognizes the highest level of performance a participating hospital can earn, ranking within the top 18 percent of the network hospitals who achieved goals set by the federal Partnerships for Patients initiative.

The Partnerships for Patients initiative is led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care. The organization’s goals are to reduce preventable inpatient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent, with an emphasis on 10 core areas of focus, including adverse drug events, readmissions, surgical site and other infections, and hospital-related illnesses.

“Through the outstanding commitment and work of our physicians, nurses and staff, we have met or exceeded the expectations of this program,” said Dan Barbee, interim chief executive officer of UTMC. “Our care teams continually strive to provide the best patient care experience possible, and this recognition affirms we are meeting that goal.”

More than 240 hospitals across the country participated in the three-year program.

Vizient is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations working to improve performance and efficiency in clinical, financial and operational management. The Hospital Engagement Network works with hospitals to make care safer, more reliable and less costly by meeting the goals set by the Partnerships for Patients initiative.

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