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MNI Moves to the Top 10 Nationally in Neurosurgery Mortality Rankings

UHC logoThe University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) has ranked the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and UTHealth Medical School’s neurosurgery program among the top 10 in the nation in mortality. In average length of stay, neurosurgery moved up to No. 6 nationally.

UHC represents and ranks the top academic medical centers in the nation, fostering collaboration among its 120 medical centers and 300 affiliated member hospitals and helping them achieve excellence in quality, safety and cost effectiveness. To generate the listing, the consortium assesses quality and safety performance using an acuity-adjusted outcomes-based approach across six domains of care: mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness and efficiency.

The organization also takes into account Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) patient safety measures, Joint Commission core measures and publicly reported patient satisfaction rankings from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAH PS) survey. “Competition continues to grow among academic medical centers, and hospitals across the country are successfully raising the bar in terms of quality and patient safety,” says Amanda Spielman, chief operating officer for neurosciences at Memorial Hermann Health System.

The success of MNI and Memorial Hermann-TMC, which was once again ranked among the 25 top-performing academic medical centers in the nation, is driven by physicians and a strong collaboration between the hospital and
UTHealth Medical School. “At MNI and UTHealth, we’ve worked to develop a culture of patient safety, which has resulted in significantly improved outcomes,” says Dong H. Kim, M.D., director of MNI and professor and chair of the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at UTHealth Medical School. “Five years ago MNI was ranked 110th in mortality among neurosurgery programs at academic medical centers. We’re proud of the gains we’ve made in neurosurgery and hope to improve further going forward.”