Kansas University Hospital ranked second in the country in quality and safety among a survey of 101 academic medical centers, according to the University HealthSystem Consortium’s 2011 Quality and Accountability Study.
“To come out No. 2 once again is a real testament to this organization,” said Bob Page, CEO of KU Hospital.
KU Hospital was ranked No. 2 in the survey in 2009.
Page credited the hospital’s focus on patient care, its high-quality staff and its low risk-adjusted mortality rate, which takes into account the severity of a patient’s illness or injury, as factors that helped them earn the ranking.
The survey also took into account hospitals’ efficiency, safety and effectiveness.
The University of Colorado Hospital ranked No. 1 on the survey, which was made public Thursday night. Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the University of California-San Diego Health System also ranked in the top 10 on the survey.
“The efforts of these 10 hospitals in improving patient care and operational effectiveness distinguish them as leaders,” Irene M. Thompson said in a prepared statement. Thompson, UHC president and chief executive officer, was formerly president and CEO of the Kansas University Hospital Authority Board.
“Being named a UHC Quality Leadership Award winner is a testament to everyone at the hospital — from the executives and board members to the physicians to the nurses and support staff.”