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Mayo Clinic earns awards for quality, accountability

Mayo earned the Vizient 2017 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D. Quality Leadership award as its Rochester campus earned the No. 1 spot among all academic medical centers and Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing finished first among all community hospitals.

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DENVER, Colo. — Mayo Clinic brought home two prestigious honors from a recent national event thanks to its quality and accountability in patient care.

Mayo earned the Vizient 2017 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D. Quality Leadership award as its Rochester campus earned the No. 1 spot among all academic medical centers and Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing finished first among all community hospitals.

The awards were announced Thursday at the 2017 Clinical Connections Summit in Denver.

"We're honored that Mayo Clinic hospitals received the 2017 Quality Leadership Award," said Dr. Paula Santrach, Mayo's chief quality officer. "The unique Mayo experience is the dedication to quality, safety and service that our staff displays each day. Their hard work and firm commitment to excellence will make us even better in the future."

Last month, Mayo was voted No. 1 in the U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 Best Hospital rankings, which is widely considered the gold standard in the healthcare field. It was the third time in four years Mayo has earned that distinction.

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The leadership award was created in 2015 by Vizient, which is a combination of a health care network of not-for-profit hospitals, an alliance of the nation's leading academic medical centers, and the health care contracting company — Novation — they jointly own.

The award is based on the results of a quality and accountability study aimed at helping hospitals improve their patient care. The six areas of study — safety, timeliness, effectiveness, equity and patient-centeredness — are determined by the Institute of Medicine's guidelines.

Data was examined from Vizient, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network.

"Although no single set of measures can perfectly represent health care quality, we are proud to be recognized with this quality leadership award and grateful to our staff," said Brian Whited, who was promoted earlier this year to CEO of MCHS in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. "What we take the most pride in is what this ranking means for our patients, Red Wing and surrounding communities.

"It validates that patients receive exceptional Mayo Clinic care close to home for the majority of the health care they will need throughout their lifetime."

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