UVM Medical Center remains in top ranks of teaching hospitals

Respected study awards high quality scores for 6 years in a row

“I was so excited to get that call,” says Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, president and chief operating officer of The University of Vermont Medical Center. And you can see why.

The caller was sharing the news that, for the sixth consecutive year, the hospital was being rated as one of the very best among academic medical centers participating in the annual Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, recognized as the most credible analysis of its kind.

To be neck-and-neck in quality with Mayo Clinic, Cedars Sinai and other elite hospitals means our patients are getting some of the best care in the country.

Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, president and chief operating officer, UVM Medical Center

“To be neck-and-neck every year in quality performance with Mayo Clinic, Cedars Sinai and other elite hospitals means our patients are getting some of the best care in the country right here in Vermont,” Whalen said.

Low readmission rates, excellent results in patient safety and shorter-than-average length of patient stays were among the factors that placed the UVM Medical Center at 13th in the nation, up from 16th in 2015.

In a separate study of outpatient care, the hospital moved up to No. 6 among participating hospitals from last year’s No. 8 ranking.

“This continued excellence is due to the relentless efforts our team makes to provide the best possible care for every patient every single time,” Whalen said.

Vizient, Inc. is the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. More than 100 academic medical centers participated in the 2016 study.

Read about how the Jeffords Institute for Quality plays a key role in constantly improving the quality and safety of care.