Award season at UMHS? Health System continues to receive recognition in many areas

May 8, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Our Employees,

Award season is a year-round event at the U-M Health System as our institution is continually recognized for outstanding work in a variety of disciplines and areas.

Just last month, we earned ‘Straight A’s’ for Patient Safety from Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score. We are one of only 182 hospitals in the country to have gotten 6 straight A’s. This award shows how well U-M clinicians protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The award gives patients a quick way to understand how well health care institutions are doing on a broad range of safety measures.

The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. The data behind UMHS’s “A” grade is available here. A full Leapfrog report on UMHS is available at

In light of this recognition, and the many others we’ve received recently, here is a summary of UMHS accolades received in the past year.

UMHS named among America’s best employers by Forbes
We were named the 26th best employer in the country, out of 500 companies ranked by Forbes on the America’s Best Employers List for 2015. More than 20,000 employees at companies with at least 2,500 people were surveyed for the America’s Best Employers List. In the survey, respondents were asked if they would recommend their employer — or other industry competitors — to a potential new hire.

UMHS Value Analysis Program received Bronze award for 2013 performance
Our Value Analysis Program received the University HealthSystem Consortium “bronze” Value Analysis Award for its performance in 2013.

UMHHC named among top 100 hospitals and top 15 teaching hospitals in U.S.
Truven Health Analytics released its 100 Top Hospitals based on independent and objective research measuring hospital and health system performance.

UMHS provided highest community benefit dollar value among SE Michigan health systems
Crain’s Detroit Business compiled a list of how health systems in southeast Michigan compare when it comes to serving the community. UMHS comes out with the highest dollar value of community benefits, and the highest percentage of total expenses spent on services for the community.

U-M Medical School ranked 10th among research-based medical school, 5th among medical schools for primary care training

  • Six Medical School training specialties ranked in the very top tier in the country, with Geriatrics tied for 4th; Internal Medicine, Women’s Health and Family Medicine each ranking 7th; and Pediatrics ranking 12th.
  • The School of Nursing is tied for 6th in the nation for master’s level training, in the first ranking based on both statistical and reputational data
  • In reputation-based rankings, the School of Nursing tied for 2nd in training in nurse administration, and is 3rd in the training of nurse practitioners specializing in adult/geriatric and family care. It’s also 9th for nurse practitioner training in pediatric primary care, 10th in nurse midwifery training, and 10th in training nurse practitioners in acute care for adults and seniors.
  • The School of Public Health once again ranked 1st in the nation for training in health care management, and 4th for public health training.
  • An informal ranking of medical schools by their federal 2014 NIH funding totals shows U-M was 12th overall. NIH does not compile rankings; the data come from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

U-M ranked #6 nationally for excellence in training doctors
Based on a survey of physicians by, the U-M Health System and its Medical School ranked #6 nationally, for excellence across 20 specialties. The achievement is based on the number of residency training specialties that rank in the top 10 nationally.

C.S Mott Children’s Hospital ranked in top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is among the best children’s hospitals in the country in pediatric specialty care and is the only hospital in Michigan ranked in all 10 specialties evaluated, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. The rankings recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in each of those 10 pediatric specialties. Only 89 hospitals nationwide were ranked in at least one specialty.

UMHS named among top 100 Hospitals in America
We were named to the 2014 Becker’s Hospital Review list of “100 Great Hospitals in America.” UMHS was only one of four hospitals in Michigan that was named to the list. UMHS has received this distinction every year since Becker’s Hospital Review formed the “100 Great Hospitals in America”.

UMHS was selected based upon its rich history, strong credentials and growing focus on how to best care for patients in an era of reform.

Additionally, UMHS was recognized named among 100 Hospitals With Great Neurosurgery And Spine Programs by Becker´s Hospital Review.

UMHS named among 150 great places to work
We were named among Becker’s Hospital Review’s 150 great places to work in healthcare in the United States. For the second year in a row, the list featured both healthcare providers as well as other types of healthcare-specific companies, such as consulting firms, health IT vendors, medical societies and more. A version of this list has been published every year since 2011.

U-M ranked in national top tier in 15 medical specialties
The annual U.S. News and World Report survey of hospitals put U-M in the national top tier in 15 different medical specialties for treating patients with everything from joint disorders, cancer and eye conditions to heart disease, kidney failure and ear, nose and throat complaints.

This year, only 144 of the thousands of hospitals across the country earned even one ranked spot on the U.S. News lists of Best Hospitals. But UMHS earned that distinction in eight specialties. In another seven, U-M’s care was recognized among the nation’s finest. The rankings are based on a compilation of data points that serve as indicators of a hospital’s performance in patient safety, specialty-specific performance, survival of patients, nurse staffing and reputation. This is the 22nd year in a row that UMHS has been recognized for strong across-the-board performance on a national level.