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Stanford Medicine earns top ranking for quality, safety from Vizient

Vizient, an organization that promotes and measures improvement in health care performance, has ranked Stanford Medicine among the top academic medical centers in the United States.

Stanford Medicine scored in the top 10% of academic medical centers for inpatient and outpatient care.
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Stanford Medicine was ranked in the top 10% of comprehensive academic medical centers for inpatient and outpatient care by Vizient, a national health care performance improvement organization.

Stanford Medicine earned “5 Star” status in the Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking — a notable achievement, given the difficulty medical centers have faced during the coronavirus pandemic, according to David Levine, senior vice president of analytics and data science at Vizient.

“Our momentum in quality speaks volumes about who we are as a community,” said David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care. “It’s inspiring to be part of a team and culture where the patient is truly at the core of everything we do — and it shows. I see it every day in a million different ways that our people continuously strive to improve how we do things, never settling for the status quo.”

Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, said, “That Stanford Medicine has ranked in the top 10% for both inpatient and outpatient care is a testament to the dedication of our staff and faculty. In the midst of a pandemic, which demanded so much from health care workers, they never stopped providing top-quality care to all our patients.”

Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare also earned high marks from Vizient. In its first time participating in Vizient’s Quality and Accountability survey, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare earned four of five stars and placed near the top quartile among complex care medical centers.

In outpatient care, Stanford Medicine ranked fifth of 53 academic medical centers. The outpatient ranking was based on access to care, quality of care, efficiency of care, continuum of care and equity of care. For inpatient care, Stanford Medicine ranked 10th of 101 academic medical centers. The inpatient ranking was based on safety, mortality, effectiveness, efficiency and patient-centeredness. The ranking period for both categories is July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Vizient is a nonprofit health care services organization that provides expertise, software tools and networking opportunities to improve patient outcomes and lower costs.

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