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News Release

March 12, 2007

Contact: Jane Shaskan, 860-679-4777

UConn Health Center Named a Top 100 Hospital

FARMINGTON, CONN. – The University of Connecticut Health Center today was named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals, according to the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks for Success study for 2006. The UConn Health Center is one of only 15 hospitals nationwide recognized in the major teaching hospital category.

Now in its 14th year, the Solucient study is considered one of the hospital industry’s most prestigious awards. It uses a scorecard based on objective statistical measurement of performance in critical areas including clinical outcomes, patient safety, operational efficiency and growth in patient volume. Winning hospitals display an ability to provide sustainable and reliable health care services to their communities.

“This honor reflects the extraordinary hard work and complete commitment of our physicians, nurses and other medical staff to be the very best when it comes to patient care, quality and medical innovation,” said Peter J. Deckers, M.D., executive vice president for health affairs and dean of the UConn School of Medicine

“Our efforts to gain approval of a replacement hospital are clearly supported by this latest recognition of the quality of care at the UConn Health Center,” Dr. Deckers added. “A hospital that achieves this level of excellence, despite its facility shortcomings, must be allowed to thrive in the future.”

This is the third consecutive year the UConn Health Center has been recognized by Solucient, a leading source of healthcare information that conducts the annual study. During the previous two years, the Health Center was named a Solucient Top 100 Performance Leader nationwide. That award recognizes senior management teams who have led their organizations to achieve the fastest rate of consistent annual improvement.

The 100 Top Hospitals® study scores hospitals according to nine key organization-wide measures: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, patient safety, growth in percent community served, severity-adjusted average length of stay, expense per adjusted discharge, profit from operations, cash to debit ratio, and tangible assets per discharge.

According to Solucient’s key findings, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those in the top 100 hospitals, there would be:

  • Higher survival rates. More than 100,000 additional patients would survive each year.
  • Fewer complications. An additional 114,000 patient complications would be avoided.
  • Money saved in healthcare costs. Expenses would decline by an aggregate $10.9 billion per year. The Top 100 Hospital facilities spent an average of 12 percent less, per discharge, than peer hospitals.
  • Patients would go home faster. The average patient stay would decrease by more than half a day.

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