Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) was selected as the winner of the 2017 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. The award recognizes LVHN for demonstrating superior quality and safety performance as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, which has been conducted annually since 2005. The award was presented during the 2017 Vizient Clinical Connections Summit held in Denver.

In 2017, 107 academic medical centers were included in the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study. The study measured performance based on the Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care: safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient centeredness. The composite scoring system uses patient-level performance data from a variety of sources, including the Vizient Clinical Data Base, the Vizient Core Measures Data Base, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network. LVHN benchmarked eighth for quality and patient safety among the 107 academic medical centers, finishing in the top ten along with organizations like Mayo Clinic, NYU Langone Health, New York and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

"Lehigh Valley Health Network employees strive to keep our patients at the center of everything we do,” said Matthew McCambridge, MD, LVHN’s Chief Quality Officer. “This remarkable achievement is reflective of the high quality and safe patient care we provide to our community. Together with our community we hope to raise the bar even higher in the future."

The Vizient Quality and Accountability Study helps academic medical centers identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity.

“Leading hospitals today are leveraging advanced analytics and innovative technology to most efficiently provide superior patient experiences and clinical outcomes while managing costs,” said Byron Jobe, president and chief administrative officer for Vizient. “By winning this award, Lehigh Valley Health Network exemplifies a leadership style that is focused on results and a culture of collaboration and adaptability that is necessary to succeed during this time of uncertainty and change in the health care industry. We congratulate them on their achievement.”