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Aug. 14, 2008

UI Hospitals and Clinics among performance improvement leaders

University of Iowa Health Care leaders announced this week that UI Hospitals and Clinics was named one of the nation's performance improvement leaders by Thomson Reuters.

UI Hospitals and Clinics and its senior management team were recognized for being one of a hundred U.S. hospitals making the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five consecutive years.

The 2007 "Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders" have set national benchmarks for the rate and consistency of improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency and financial stability. Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and its staff have made major strides in increasing the quality and efficiency of services across the region.

"This award places our faculty and staff among the leaders in the nation in providing improved health care that offers high quality and great value to our patients," said Jean Robillard, M.D., UI vice president for medical affairs. "We cannot rest upon these laurels, however. This process is based upon continuous improvement, so we can take a moment to enjoy this recognition, but then we need to keep striving to raise the bar even higher."

Findings from the fifth edition of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders study appear in the Aug. 11 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

"This study identifies superior leadership, based on the success of hospital executive teams' long-term strategies for strengthening performance," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters. "These are true 'Good to Great' leadership teams that have focused on improving quality, efficiency, use of evidence-based medicine and financial stability in order to better serve their patients and communities."

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leaders study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient data.

The study rated hospitals on eight factors: patient mortality, medical complications, patient safety, length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio and use of evidence-based medicine. Researchers evaluated 2,867 short-term, acute care, nonfederal hospitals grouped into five categories: major teaching hospitals, other teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium-sized community hospitals and small community hospitals.

The Healthcare business unit of Thomson Reuters produces insights, information, benchmarks and analysis that enable organizations to manage costs, improve performance and enhance the quality of health care. Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. The firm combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision-makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, health care, and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minn., Thomson Reuters employs more than 50,000 people in 93 countries. For more information visit

Additional information about the performance improvement recognition can be found at under the "Media" tab.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, UI Physicians and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tom Moore, 319-356-3956,; David Wilkins, Thomson Reuters 734-913-3397,