For Immediate Release September 27, 2022


Tiffani Washington:

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Downtown Campus has received recognition from Vizient, Inc., the nation's largest health care performance improvement company, for achieving substantial improvements in key clinical quality performance measures.

UMMC is recognized with Vizient's 2022 Quality Leadership Rising Star Award, which honors the hospital for its strong advancement in year-over-year rankings among 107 comprehensive academic medical centers and scoring in the top quartile in the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study. UMMC made a substantial move upward from 48th of 101 academic medical centers in 2021 to the 20th spot in this year's list, and is one of only two hospitals in the nation so recognized.

"Our significant rise in this year's rankings reflects the tremendous focus and dedication of our teams across the medical center to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care," said Bert O'Malley, MD, President and CEO of UMMC. "This award, and our movement to the top quartile of performance measured by Vizient, affirms that we are on the right path to provide the highest quality of care to our patients."

Vizient counts among its membership 97% of academic medical centers in the United States.

The annual Vizient Quality and Accountability Study assesses data from participating academic faculty practices to measure performance in six domains: Safety, mortality, effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness and equity. Scores for each academic medical center factor in measures from the Vizient Clinical Data Base and includes performance data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey and the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network for work spanning July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

"We are excited to celebrate UMMC as a Rising Star for their achievement in quality performance in 2022,” said David Levine, group senior vice president, analytics and data science for Vizient. "Rising Stars demonstrate to their peers that engaging the clinical workforce in the adoption of evidence-based strategies focused on performance improvement yields optimal results."

About the University of Maryland Medical Center

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is comprised of two hospital campuses in Baltimore: the 800-bed flagship institution of the 11-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and the 200-bed UMMC Midtown Campus. Both campuses are academic medical centers for training physicians and health professionals and for pursuing research and innovation to improve health. UMMC's downtown campus is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurosciences, advanced cardiovascular care, and women's and children's health, and has one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the country. All physicians on staff at the downtown campus are clinical faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The UMMC Midtown Campus medical staff is predominately faculty physicians specializing in a wide spectrum of medical and surgical subspecialties, primary care for adults and children and behavioral health. UMMC Midtown has been a teaching hospital for 140 years and is located one mile away from the downtown campus. For more information, visit