Clinical Effectiveness at UCM encompasses all efforts to develop, synthesize, and implement evidence-based practice to ensure that our patients receive care that is safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered, and equitable, as outlined by the Institute of Medicine. Clinical Effectiveness is a collaboration of every staff member at University of Chicago Medicine, each dedicated to ensuring the best quality of care is delivered to the right patient, at the right time, every time.

University of Chicago Medicine Awards and Recognitions

The University of Chicago Medicine earned re-designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The Medical Center is one of only two NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Illinois- and one of only 41 nationwide- to have earned this prestigious distinction. Our 210 renowned physicians and researchers continue to translate groundbreaking research into personalized medicine to prevent and treat cancer.

The Medical Center earned an extension of its inclusion in Aetna’s Institute of Quality’s Bariatric Surgery Network, a designation based on clinical quality, cost efficiency and access to bariatric services.1

University of Chicago Medicine was one of only 98 hospitals to have received an ‘A’ in every single semiannual review since Leapfrog began in 2012. Of the 2,571 U.S. hospitals surveyed in Spring 2016, only 798 received an ‘A’ grade.

The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association have recognized the University of Chicago Medicine as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, a new certification for institutions with specific abilities to treat the most complex stroke cases. The University of Chicago Medicine was the first hospital in Chicago to earn this distinction. Physicians at the University of Chicago Medicine perform carotid endarterectomy as well as carotid stent procedures on the most complex patients with excellent outcomes: the combined stroke and death rate for 2013-2015 was 2.6%.

Preventing Readmissions Reducing high readmissions rates is a major priority for Medicare nationally and UCM locally. We have a number of teams working to reduce readmissions, not only in adults but also in children. This year, we have expanded our focus to include patients with COPD, pneumonia, and those receiving hip and knee replacements.

Accidental Puncture and Laceration is one of the national, standard Patient Safety Indicators managed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. It reflects a combination of real harm to patients and how well we document our care. UCM now performs better than any other academic medical center in the country on this important measure.

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Cardiac Arrest Compared to other hospitals, patients at UCM who have an inpatient cardiac arrest are 25% more likely to get their pulse back and 40% more likely to survive to leave the hospital

Central Line Infections cause thousands of deaths each year and they add billions of dollars in costs to the U.S. healthcare system alone. We have seen dramatic reductions in the risk of central line infections at UCM: today’s rates are more than 90% lower than they were in the not-too-distant past. In fact, in a large database of more than 115 U.S. academic medical centers, we now have the third-lowest rate of central line infections in the country.


Pediatric Asthma Care  At UCM, we follow a bundle of three measures to track how we’re doing with our asthma care. Asthma causes more hospital admissions- and more school absences- than any other chronic disease in children. Our bundle measures reflect both our medication choices and how we educate our patients and families to manage asthma at home. We’re seeing major improvements in these important measures, and we’re not done yet.


A team from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a five-year, $3.9 million award from the National Cancer Institute to serve as a Lead Academic Participating Site for the newly created National Clinical Trials Network. The team scored the best possible score in the highly competitive process.



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