UF Health Jacksonville’s ranking among academic medical centers in the United States has jumped significantly in 2017, with the hospital rising 33 spots in the latest rankings by Vizient, the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country.
UF Health Jacksonville is now ranked 44th in the country, with major improvements in five of the six categories measured. The hospital improved in the areas of mortality, effectiveness, safety, efficiency and equity.
UF Health Jacksonville’s improvement over the past several years has been dramatic in many areas of patient safety.
Since 2014, the hospital has seen a 52 percent decrease in its mortality index, a 66 percent decrease in central line infections, a 74 percent decrease in urinary tract infections, a 57 percent decrease in pressure ulcers, a 78 percent decrease in respiratory failure, a 70 percent decrease in surgical infections and an 88 percent decrease in bleeding events.
As recently as 2015, UF Health Jacksonville was getting black marks for its hospital-acquired infection rates.
In May 2015, hospital officials had to answer questions from Gov. Rick Scott about the fact its score for hospital-acquired infections and injuries was the worst in Florida.
Then, at the end of July, Consumer Reports released an article titled “How Your Hospital Can Make You Sick,” which looked at the issue of hospital-acquired infection rates. In a statement describing the article, UF Health Jacksonville was identified one of a dozen hospitals nationally given the lowest rating for failing to avoid five types of infections.
Vizient analyzes data from more than 100 academic health centers and 124 community hospitals. It assesses dozens of measures in the six categories and includes patient satisfaction data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys.
“This dramatic improvement is incredibly satisfying because it’s…