Study ranks Rush no. 4 among leading U.S. academic medical centers
May 4, 2018

Rush University Medical Center ranked fourth among 107 leading academic medical centers in the United States in a national study conducted by the health care services company Vizient.

Rush University Medical Center ranked fourth among 107 leading academic medical centers in the United States, up from fifth in 2016, in a national study conducted by Vizient, a health care services company. With this ranking, Rush has made the top five in the annual Quality and Accountability Study five times in a row and nine times since the University HealthSystem Consortium, now part of Vizient, began the study in 2005.

The ranking confers a Birnbaum Award on Rush. This award recognizes Rush for demonstrating superior performance as measured by the study, which also included 161 community hospitals. Vizient announced the Birnbaum award winners Sept. 14 at its Clinical Connections Summit in Denver, CO.

The study evaluated medical centers and hospitals on criteria based on the Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care: safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and patient centeredness.

Unlike other hospital reviews, which take reputation into account or limit evaluation to data about patients with Medicare or Medicaid, the Vizient study focuses entirely on objective data related to patient outcomes for all patients regardless of insurance. The analysis determined the rankings based on the most recently available full year of data from Vizient’s clinical and core measures databases; the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ hospital consumer assessment of healthcare providers and systems survey; and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network.

“We are proud that Rush has been ranked among the top in this study for the fifth consecutive year,” said Larry Goodman, MD, CEO of the Rush system and of Rush University Medical Center. “In the midst of dramatic changes in how hospitals deliver care over the past five years, one thing that hasn’t changed is that Rush consistently provides exemplary care for our patients, as the results of this study have shown repeatedly.”

The Birnbaum Award honors academic medical center members that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care based on five key organizational characteristics: shared sense of purpose, hands-on leadership style, vertical and horizontal accountability, a focus on results, and collaboration.

“By winning this award, Rush University Medical Center exemplifies a leadership style that is focused on results and a culture of collaboration and adaptability that is necessary to succeed during this time of uncertainty and change in the health care industry,” said Byron Jobe, president and chief administrative officer for Vizient.  “We congratulate them on their achievement.”

Vizient was formed in 2015 by combining the UHC, an alliance of academic medical centers; VHA Inc., a national health care network of not-for-profit hospitals; and Novation, the health care contracting company UHC and VHA owned jointly.