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Methodist Hospital Recognized as one of the Nation’s Best Academic Medical Centers

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INDIANAPOLIS - For the fourth consecutive year, Clarian Health’s Methodist Hospital has again been recognized as one of the nation’s best academic medical centers (AMC) by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). Methodist Hospital received the prestigious, national Quality Leadership Award in recognition for excellence in delivering high quality care, as measured by the UHC Quality and Accountability Study conducted annually since 2005.

Of 98 AMCs included in the analysis, Methodist Hospital is one of only five to earn the Quality Leadership Award. AMCs were assessed across a broad spectrum of care including safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient-centeredness. The AMCs ranked among the top five in the nation include:

Methodist Hospital - Indianapolis
Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN
University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics - Salt Lake City, UT
University Medical Center - Tuscon, AZ
Lehigh Valley Health Network - Allentown, PA

Methodist Hospital’s receipt of the Quality Leadership Award points to Clarian’s consistent focus on patient-centered care.

"At Clarian Health, the patient really is at the center of all we do. Our patients, who come to us from across the globe, can be assured they are receiving high quality, leading-edge care," said Daniel F. Evans, Jr., president and chief executive officer. "We are honored and pleased that UHC has again recognized Methodist Hospital with this award for the fourth consecutive year."

"National recognition is well-deserved for these organizations that have distinguished themselves as high-performing institutions for complex environments. I salute the top performers and extend our congratulations to all AMC leaders and employees who daily demonstrate a passion for improving patient care and operational effectiveness,”"said Irene M. Thompson, UHC president and chief executive officer.

The award will be presented today at the 10th annual UHC Quality & Safety Fall Forum in San Diego. Methodist Hospital officials - John Kohne, MD, chief operating officer; Michael Niemeier, MD, chief medical officer; and Linda Chase, chief nursing officer – will accept the award. Dr. Kohne and colleagues from other hospitals will speak about progress in the areas of enhanced communication, collaboration and innovation.

A Teaching Hospital
Clarian is part of an academic medical center that includes Indiana University School of Medicine. The collaboration designates Methodist and Indiana University Hospitals as institutions of learning and knowledge transfer.

"We work in close collaboration with Clarian to deliver quality, patient-focused care. This recognition amply acknowledges that fact about which we are proud," said D. Craig Brater, MD, dean, IU School of Medicine. "Educating our students and training our residents in such venues fosters a generation of physicians dedicated to patient-focused care with an emphasis on quality and accountability."

Emphasis on Quality
Clarian has been a strong advocate for an increased focus on quality and transparency to deliver enhanced health care to consumers at a fair cost and to elevate the quality of care provided.

"We have made a concerted effort to use technology to empower our patients and to elevate the standards of care," continued Evans. "The recognition for Methodist Hospital by UHC validates we are taking the right steps to ensure the delivery of quality, patient-focused care."

Patient Safety Collaboration
The UHC honor also reflects on Clarian's long-standing commitment to patient safety. Clarian has been an active participant in the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety. This organization of medical and clinical leaders from central Indiana hospitals meets regularly to share information and work together to improve patient safety, enhance clinical outcomes and work to ensure that each hospital has the best clinical practices in place. The goal is to achieve zero errors at all hospitals.

"All academic medical centers are working earnestly in the area of patient safety," said Kohne. "For Methodist to be ranked as a Top Performer for the fourth consecutive year demonstrates our level of commitment to patient care and safety."

More on the UHC Quality and Accountability Study
The UHC Quality and Accountability Study has been conducted annually since 2005 when UHC produced its first landmark study that examined key measures of organizational performance in quality and safety. The Institute of Medicine's six domains of care continue to be used as a guide in structuring the performance categories. The focus has centered on the outcomes of care to identify associated characteristics of high-performing academic medical centers.

About Clarian Health - As a preeminent leader in clinical care, education, research and service, Clarian Health is Indiana's most comprehensive academic medical center and one of the busiest hospital systems in the United States. Based in Indianapolis, Clarian is comprised of multiple hospitals and health centers throughout the state and maintains a strong partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine–the nation's second largest medical school and a global leader in medical education and research.

About University HealthSystem Consortium - UHC is based in Oak Brook, Ill, a Chicago suburb, and has 103 AMCs and 219 of their affiliated hospitals as members, representing more than 90% of the nation's nonprofit AMCs. UHC provides data products and services to members to support clinical, operational, financial, and supply chain improvement. UHC's Patient Safety Net® serves as the patient safety system for UHC's Patient Safety Organization, one of the first 10 named by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2008.

For more information, contact Margie Smith-Simmons at 317.962.4085.

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