News Release

September 30, 2009

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

ICU Care at UConn Health Center Receives National Accolades

National Study Ranks UConn Among the Best

FARMINGTON, CONN. – A recent study by a national alliance representing the majority of university hospitals in the U.S. ranked the University of Connecticut Health Center in the top 10 for several key measurements of quality care in intensive care units (ICUs).

The University Health System Consortium looked at specific metrics related to care in hospital ICUs such as length of stay, cost, and mortality for patients needing specialized services, including ventilators. The Health Center was ranked among the top 10 nationally in four out of six specific measurements and was among only three academic hospitals which ranked in the top 10 for four or more measures.

“This report validates the work of our highly trained staff in helping patients with critical illness due to life-threatening lung and heart conditions, and more. While it is very gratifying to be among the top performers in the country, our main goal is to deliver the best care possible every day for our patients,” said Dr. Joseph Palmisano, interim chairman of the Department of Medicine and a board-certified specialist in critical care medicine.

“We’re constantly working to stay ahead of the curve and offer the latest approaches to help patients recover more quickly,” added Dr. Mark Metersky, a nationally recognized expert in pulmonary infections and director of the Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship Program. Dr. Metersky has led interventions addressing factors that would reduce the likelihood of ventilator associated pneumonia.

The mission of the University Health System Consortium is to advance knowledge, foster collaboration, and promote change to help members succeed in their respective markets. Its vision is to be a catalyst for change, accelerating the achievement of clinical and operational excellence.

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