Vizient announced today that four Houston Methodist hospitals have received a 2019 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D., Quality Leadership Award. Houston Methodist was the only hospital system in the country to receive four awards.


The award recognizes hospitals for demonstrating excellence in delivering superior quality and safety as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, which has been conducted annually since 2005.


Vizient recognized Houston Methodist Hospital in the comprehensive academic medical center category; Houston Methodist Sugar Land in the specialized complex care medical center category; and Houston Methodist Willowbrook and Houston Methodist The Woodlands in the complex medical center category.


“Having four of our hospitals on this list is extraordinary. Receiving such national recognition is an honor, but I’m most proud that the reason for these awards is our concerted focus on quality patient care,” said Marc L. Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist.


This year, 349 participating hospitals were divided into four cohorts for the Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking. The ranking measured performance based on safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency and patient centeredness. The ranking’s composite scoring system uses patient-level performance data from a variety of sources including the Vizient Clinical Data Base, core measures data, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).


The Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking helps participating hospitals and health systems understand their performance against their peers and identifies structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity. The recognition period is for work spanning from July 2018 through June 2019.


The award was presented on Sept. 19 during the 2019 Vizient Connections Education Summit in Las Vegas.


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