Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been recognized as a top performer in the 2021 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Annual Ranking by Vizient Inc. Ranked No. 9 out of 121 Vizient members in the Complex Care Medical Centers cohort, Houston Methodist Willowbrook is recognized for demonstrating excellence in delivering high-quality care based on the Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking, which has been conducted annually since 2005.


“The fact that we earned this ranking during a pandemic is a testament to the skills and dedication of our physicians and staff,” said Keith Barber, chief executive officer at Houston Methodist Willowbrook. “I am incredibly proud of our team for working together to earn this achievement, which is the ultimate recognition for keeping our patients at the center of everything we do.”


This year, 565 participating hospitals were segmented into four cohorts for the Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking. The ranking measures performance on the quality of patient care in five domains: safety, mortality, effectiveness, efficiency and patient-centeredness. The ranking factors in measures from the Vizient Clinical Data Base and includes performance in core measures data, the HCAHPS survey and the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network.


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 July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.


“As hospitals and health care systems continue to provide patient care during these unprecedented times, it’s important to recognize their accomplishments,” said David Levine, group senior vice president, analytics and data science for Vizient. “This year, all Vizient member accomplishments will be celebrated in November at the Vizient Connections Education Summit.”