UTMB Health is among the top 3% of hospitals in the U.S., according to an independent quality analysis by PINC AI™ and reported by Fortune, which named the health system to its newly released 100 Top Hospitals® list.
To create the list, an objective, quantitative analysis of publicly available data was conducted to identify the top hospitals in the United States. The primary purpose of the PINC AI™ 100 Top Hospitals® program is to inspire hospital and health system leaders to pursue higher performance and deliver added value to patients and communities.
The program leverages transparent, nonbiased data to help inform strategies for sustained performance. Organizations do not apply to participate in the study, and award winners do not pay to market their honor.
UTMB Health was the only member of the University of Texas System to receive the 100 Top Hospitals® designation.
“Being recognized in this way for the exceptional and compassionate patient care provided by our health care professionals each and every day is a remarkable achievement and speaks to our commitment and dedication to caring for our communities,” said Dr. Jochen Reiser, president of UTMB Health. “I’m proud of each of the dedicated members of our UTMB Health family who have made this recognition a reality as we fulfill our mission of providing Best Care to our patients and their families.”
Dr. Gulshan Sharma, senior vice president and chief medical and clinical innovation officer at UTMB Health, said the honor recognizes UTMB Health’s concerted effort to patient safety and the staff’s collective effort to provide excellence in health care to the individuals, families and communities the health system serves.
“This is a remarkable honor that highlights the efforts of every one of the talented and compassionate professionals who work here to continually and increasingly strive to offer Best Care to every patient, every time,” Sharma said. “Together, we are making an important and life-affirming difference for our patient population and our community.”
This is the second time UTMB Health has a received a 100 Top Hospitals® award. The prior award was given by IBM Watson Health (now Merative) in 2020.
100 Top Hospitals® program performance
This year, based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar hospitals, the analysis found that 100 Top Hospitals® delivered better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost. Compared to non-winning hospitals, this year’s winners had:
- 31 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals
- 9 percent fewer patients with complications
- 39 percent fewer health care-associated infections
- Nearly 20 percent lower inpatient expenses per discharge
- 0.5-day shorter average length of stay
- Better reported patient experience scores, with a top-box Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems score of 77 percent versus 70 percent for non-winning hospitals
“As hospitals continue to share the nation’s focus on changing health care for the better, hospitals and health systems are recognizing the importance of identifying areas within their walls for quality improvement,” said Leigh Anderson, Premier’s chief operating officer and the leader of PINC AI™. “The transparent and nonbiased measures this study provides help leaders make informed decisions for change and proves that UTMB Health excels across a range of core performance indicators, which can directly lead to significantly higher quality patient outcomes, with fewer readmissions and complications.”
About the program
The PINC AI™ 100 Top Hospitals® program focuses on short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of patients. Premier conducted the PINC AI™ 100 Top Hospitals® program study in August 2023. Researchers evaluated 2,644 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals and health systems. All research was based on the following public data sets: Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Care Compare website. For complete methodology details, please review the Methodology section on page 36 of the complete study here.
Eligible hospitals are ranked for performance across 10 measurement grouping areas.
Final rank is determined based on performance for all individual measures. Hospitals are ranked within five separate peer groups: major teaching hospitals (UTMB is one of just 15 winning facilities in this category), teaching hospitals (25 winning facilities), large community hospitals (20 winning facilities), medium community hospitals (20 winning facilities), and small community hospitals (20 winning facilities).