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Ratings & Recognition

Ratings & Recognition

The U-M is one of the nation's top-rated centers for heart and blood vessel care. We are honored to be recognized by many organizations and publications that have cited our programs and people as leaders in a broad array of fields.

Some examples:

U.S. News & World Report magazine cites U-M cardiac and cardiac surgery care as some of the best in the nation, as part of its annual Best Hospitals ranking. In 2014, U-M ranked in the top 50 overall for adult heart care and #2 in the State of Michigan. In 2014 our Congenital Heart Center ranked 6th overall and #1 in Michigan for pediatric heart care.

We continue to be listed as a Center of Excellence for Congenital Heart Disease by OptumHealth.

Get with the Guidelines Gold Performance Award

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) is an in-hospital program designed to improve acute stroke treatment and prevent future strokes and cardiovascular events. GWTG-Stroke focuses on quick diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients through Primary Stroke Centers. It also involves care team protocols once patients are admitted to ensure that they are treated and discharged appropriately. UMHS achieved the Gold Plus Performance Awards and is on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, recognized as a comprehensive stroke center by the American Hospital Association, the American Stroke Association, and The Joint Commission. Hospitals that have earned a Gold Performance Award follow treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 85 percent of the time, and have maintained this performance level for two years or more. Read more (PDF).

Two U-M programs have met strict national criteria to achieve official certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the same body that rigorously reviews hospitals. The CVC has been recognized for the high quality and coordinated care provided within our Disease Management programs for patients with heart failure and stroke, and for our the heart-assisting device program, which cares for patients who rely on ventricular assist devices (VADs). The U-M's performance in National Quality Improvement Goals was measured as above the target value for cardiovascular measures, with individual scores ranging from 97% to 100%.

The U-M Health System was one of the first 10 medical centers in the country to take part in Medicare's program to measure and improve the quality of health care for all Medicare participants. Our heart disease management programs are a major component of this effort, and are being made available to Medicare participants with complex medical problems who are being treated by any U-M physician. Read more here.

U-M's high-quality heart care has led the American College of Cardiology and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to tap U-M experts to lead quality-improvement projects that involve many hospitals. Our research shows these multi-center projects have saved both lives and dollars. Now, these projects are serving as models for many other hospitals.

Read more about the U-M's leadership roles in the ACC's heart attack project, called Guidelines Applied in Practice, and in BCBSM's angioplasty project.

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that set standards for high-quality and safe health care, and measures hospitals' performance against those standards, also gives U-M the highest marks for high-risk surgery and hospital safety. Additionally, U-M received the highest possible rating possible in the measures of ICU staffing and Safe Practices. Very few hospitals nationwide have achieved the highest rating. Learn more about Leapfrog ratings by following the instructions for consumers to see U-M's ratings.