WVU-Medicine-WVU Hospitals was ranked the sixth top academic medical center out of more than 200 participating organizations in a national study of major academic medical centers and community hospitals. WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals received Vizient’s 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D., Quality Leadership Award for superior performance.

A recent video was produced celebrating the award. It was shown on the scoreboard at the WVU-Kansas Big 12 football game on Nov. 5 at Milan Puskar Stadium and will be shown during the Mountaineers' final two home games.

The rankings are determined by Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study, which has been conducted annually since 2005. Awards are given to academic medical centers and community hospital members that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care based on mortality, safety, efficiency, effectiveness, patient centeredness, and equity. These top organizations consistently demonstrate a shared sense of purpose, hands-on leadership style, vertical and horizontal accountability, a focus on results, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  

The top-ranked academic medical centers for 2016 are:

  1. University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
  2. NYU Langone Medical Center
  3. Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester
  4. Froedtert Health-Froedtert Hospital
  5. Rush University Medical Center
  6. WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals
  7. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  8. Cedars-Sinai Health System
  9. Houston Methodist
  10. Nebraska Medicine
  11. The Ohio State University Wexner Health System
  12. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Center
  13. University of Vermont Medical Center

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven healthcare performance improvement company in the country, presented the award on Sept. 29 during the 2016 Vizient Clinical Connections Summit held in Dallas. For more details, read the press release.