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UCI Health among nation’s top 10 academic medical centers for high-quality care

Outpatient care network is also ranked one of the top 10 ambulatory systems in the U.S.

September 22, 2023

Orange, Calif. — UCI Health has been recognized as a five-star hospital and a top 10 performer nationally in the 2023 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Annual Ranking by Vizient, Inc. UCI Medical Center was ranked in the top 10 for comprehensive academic medical centers in the U.S. for inpatient care. The UCI Health outpatient care network was also ranked among the top 10 ambulatory systems nationwide.

“UCI Health is a national leader in providing accessible care driven by clinical innovation and a relentless commitment to quality,” said Chad T. Lefteris, CEO of UCI Health. “We are proud that the work of our amazing UCI Health clinicians and co-workers is recognized in one of the country’s top 10 comprehensive academic medical centers.”

The Vizient Quality and Accountability and ratings in inpatient and ambulatory care are among the most comprehensive assessments of quality and safety a health system can face.

“Providing our patients with the safest environment and highest quality of care is the top priority for UCI Health,” said Dr. Joseph C. Carmichael, chief medical officer for UCI Health. “The annual Vizient Quality and Accountability Scorecards are the gold standard for academic medical centers across the country use to measure their progress toward this goal.”

UCI Health is Orange County’s only academic health system and benchmarks its quality and safety performance against the nation’s top health systems. Vizient analyzes data for 116 centers in its comprehensive academic medical center cohort. The 2023 recognition is for the period spanning July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. The Birnbaum award honors academic medical centers and community hospitals that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care based on measures of safety, mortality, effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness and equity of care.

UCI Medical Center has consistently been recognized for quality and safety. The health system was cited as a top performer by Vizient in its 2022 Ambulatory Quality and Accountability Ranking, one of only four facilities in the U.S. to be recognized for demonstrating excellence in delivering high-quality outpatient care. UCI Medical Center also received the Birnbaum Quality Leadership Award in 2021.

“UCI Health has demonstrated high level commitment to the continuous improvement that is necessary to succeed in today’s evolving healthcare environment,” said David Levine, group senior vice president, advanced analytics and data science for Vizient.

“The annual ranking leverages a unique, comprehensive and timely metrics-based methodology to recognize hospitals that achieve results on key measures that define quality patient care and delivery. Congratulations, UCI Health, on this prestigious honor.” 

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About UCI Health

UCI Health is the clinical enterprise of the University of California, Irvine, and the only academic health system in Orange County. Patients can access UCI Health at primary and specialty care offices across Orange County and at its main campus, UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif. The 459-bed, acute care hospital, listed among America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 23 consecutive years, provides tertiary and quaternary care, ambulatory and specialty medical clinics, behavioral health and rehabilitation services. UCI Medical Center is home to Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, high-risk perinatal/neonatal program and American College of Surgeons-verified Level I adult and Level II pediatric trauma center and regional burn center. UCI Health serves a region of nearly 4 million people in Orange County, western Riverside County and southeast Los Angeles County. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 224 degree programs. It is located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities, and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $7 billion annually to the local economy and $8 billion statewide. Learn more about the university at www.uci.edu ›