Vizient, Inc. Presents the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award to 27 Top-performing Academic Medical Centers and Community Hospitals

IRVING, Texas--()--Vizient, Inc. today announced 27 winners of the 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. The award is given annually to academic medical center and community hospital members that have demonstrated superior performance as measured by Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study.

The award was posthumously renamed in 2015 to honor Bernard “Bernie” Birnbaum, MD, a noted health care leader and former member of the University HealthSystem Consortium’s board of directors. Dr. Birnbaum served as senior vice president, vice dean and chief of hospital operations for NYU Langone Medical Center.

The Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award is given to academic medical centers and community hospital members that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care based on mortality, safety, efficiency, effectiveness, patient centeredness and equity. These top organizations consistently demonstrate a shared sense of purpose, hands-on leadership style, vertical and horizontal accountability, a focus on results and interdisciplinary collaboration.

This year, more than 100 academic medical centers and 124 community hospitals were included in the study, which reviewed performance data from a variety of sources, including Vizient’s Clinical Data Base, core measures data, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network.

The academic medical center winners for 2016 are:

  • University of Utah Health Care
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester
  • Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • WVU Medicine West Virginia University Hospitals
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Cedars-Sinai Health System
  • Houston Methodist
  • Nebraska Medicine
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • University of Michigan Health System
  • University of Vermont Medical Center

The community hospital winners for 2016 are:

  • Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing
  • Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
  • Parkland Health Center
  • Vidant Duplin Hospital
  • Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital
  • UCHealth—Poudre Valley Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital
  • Vidant Beaufort Hospital
  • Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe
  • Methodist West Houston Hospital
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona

“Vizient is proud to continue a tradition started by University HealthSystem Consortium of honoring top- performing academic medical centers with the Quality Leadership Award and to extend this recognition to qualifying community hospitals,” said Jody Hatcher, president, sourcing and collaboration services. “This year’s winners all demonstrate a successful leadership style, a shared sense of purpose, a focus on results, and a culture of collaboration, accountability and adaptability; attributes that are necessary to succeed during this time of unrelenting change in our industry. Congratulations to each winning organization.”

The awards were presented during the Vizient Clinical Connections Summit held September 28-30 in Dallas. The event drew more than 2,200 attendees which included health care professionals from 350 member hospitals and health systems.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient serves a diverse membership and customer base which includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents almost $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as the recently acquired MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, which includes Sg2. In 2016, Vizient received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizient headquarters is based in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.


Vizient, Inc.
Angie Boliver, 972-830-7961

Release Summary

Vizient announces 27 winners of the 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. The award is given annually to member hospitals for superior performance.


Vizient, Inc.
Angie Boliver, 972-830-7961