Fletcher Allen Placed High in National Quality and Accountability Study

October 21, 2011

Michael Carrese
Marketing and Communications
802-847-2886

BURLINGTON VT – This year’s UHC Quality and Accountability Study results placed Fletcher Allen 14th among 101 member academic medical centers across the country in quality of care and patient safety. Over the past three years, Fletcher Allen has moved from 41st in 2009 to 33rd in 2010, to 14th in this year’s study.

“This is a significant trend that we should celebrate,” said John Brumsted, Fletcher Allen’s interim president and chief executive officer. “This achievement was made possible by all our staff working together to put our patients first. While everyone has a role in making this happen, a special thanks to our clinicians, our nurses, our Environmental Services staff, our Health Information Management (medical records) staff, and our Jeffords Institute for Quality staff.   These results demonstrate that Fletcher Allen continues to perform extremely well among our peer academic medical centers.”

UHC, formerly known as the University HealthSystem Consortium, is an alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers.  The results of the study, which UHC has conducted annually since 2005, were released in late September.

The study is designed to help academic medical centers identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity. The Institute of Medicine’s 6 domains of care – mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness, and efficiency – were used as a guide in structuring the study.

About UHC

UHC is an alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers, which are focused on delivering world-class patient care. Based in Chicago, Ill, UHC fosters collaboration with and among its 114 academic medical center and 255 affiliated hospital members through its renowned programs and services in the areas of comparative data and analytics, performance improvement, supply chain management, strategic research,and public policy. UHC helps its members achieve excellence in quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness. Formed in 1984, UHC’s membership includes more than 90% of the nonprofit academic medical centers in the United States. For more information, visit www.uhc.edu.

About Fletcher Allen

Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont's academic medical center.  Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment.  Fletcher Allen serves as a regional referral center – providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York – and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at http://www.fletcherallen.org or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.fletcherallen.org/socialmedia.