Recognizing recent award winners

Vizient recently recognized award-winning hospitals for their achievements in the areas of clinical, quality and operational performance. The awards were presented at the 2018 Vizient Clinical Connections Summit, held Oct. 2-4, in Las Vegas. Please see below for more information on the awards and a complete list of winners.

Fall 2018 award winners

Vizient recognized award-winning hospitals for their achievements in the areas of clinical, quality and operational performance at the 2018 Clinical Connections Summit. Please see below for more information on the awards and a complete list of winners.

About the award

The Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award is given to members from top-performing academic medical centers, complex teaching medical centers and community hospitals that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care based on the measures in the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study. The measures include safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness and equity of care. The award also considers performance in 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 award was posthumously renamed in 2015 to honor Bernard “Bernie” Birnbaum, MD, who served as senior vice president, vice dean and chief of hospital operations for NYU Langone Medical Center and as a member of the former University HealthSystem Consortium’s board of directors.


Academic medical centers

  • Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • NYU Langone Medical Center (video)
  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (video)
  • The University of Kansas Health System (video)
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • University of Utah Health
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center
  • Tufts Medical Center (video)
  • Morristown Medical Center (video)

Community hospitals

  • Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing
  • Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
  • Sanford Worthington Medical Center
  • Saint Luke's South Hospital (Overland Park, Kan.)

Complex teaching medical centers

  • Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital
  • The Chester County Hospital and Health System
  • Mayo Clinic in Florida
  • Beaumont Hospital – Grosse Point (video)
  • Houston Methodist West Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic in Arizona
  • Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire
  • Beaumont Hospital – Trenton (video)
About the award

This award honors academic medical centers that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality outpatient care in the following five key domains: access to care, capacity management and throughput, quality and efficiency, continuum of care, and equity.

  • UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital – University of Colorado Medicine (video)
  • UW Health (Madison, Wis)
  • NYU Langone Health (video)
  • Emory Healthcare Physician Group Practices
  • University of Utah Health
About the award

The Rising Star Award recognizes academic medical centers that made significant improvements in their year-over-year rankings and perform in the top quartile in the annual Vizient Quality and Accountability Study - a study that identifies exemplary performance in safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness and equity of care.

  • Stanford Health Care (video)
  • Saint Luke's Hospital (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital
  • UK Health, Lexington, Ky. (video)
About the award

This award recognizes member health care organizations that have implemented digital health technology solutions that changed or enhanced care delivery performance, total cost performance or market performance.


Vizient Quality and Accountability Study

The Vizient Quality and Accountability Study identifies high-performing principal member organizations in the areas of quality and safety and provides tools as a catalyst for organizational improvement. To learn more about the Quality and Accountability Study and award winners from previous years, please view the related resources section here.

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Spring 2018 award winners

Vizient recognized hospitals for their achievements improving the performance of their supply chain and lowering the overall cost of care over the course of 2017.

Recognizes member organizations achieving the greatest performance improvement as measured by documented cost savings in 2017

Integrated Delivery Network

  • Sutter Health – Top Ranked Performer 
  • MultiCare Health System
  • Providence St. Joseph Health
  • Baptist Health Care, Pensacola, Fla.
  • Tidelands Health

Community Hospital

  • Stormont Vail Health – Top Ranked Performer
  • Crouse Health
  • Regional West Health Services
  • Erie County Medical Center Corporation
  • Lawrence General Hospital 

Recognizes performance in supply chain management as measured by supply expense at the facility level as well as for select departments such as pharmacy, laboratory, imaging, radiology, blood services, cardiology and surgical services

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown – Top Ranked Performer
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • University of Vermont Medical Center
  • University of Toledo Medical Center
  • UAB Medicine

Recognizes member organizations that achieved the highest performance in cost management as measured by group purchasing organization savings and value

Integrated Delivery Network

  • BJC HealthCare – Top Ranked Performer 
  • Mayo Clinic 
  • Sentara Healthcare
  • Partners HealthCare System

Community Hospital

  • Aultman Hospital – Top Ranked Performer
  • Licking Memorial Hospital 
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center 
  • Huntington Hospital

Recognizes the innovation resulting from member projects or initiatives that improve supply chain performance in the areas of: distribution, logistics and inventory management, sourcing and resource management processes, and supply chain management innovation

Distribution, Logistics and Inventory Management 

  • Temple University Health System – Top Ranked Performer
  • BJC HealthCare
  • Parkview Health

Sourcing and Resource Management

  • Parkview Health – Top Ranked Performer 
  • BJC HealthCare
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 
  • University of Utah Health
  • WellStar Health System 
  • Novant Health
  • Aspirus, Inc.
  • Providence St. Joseph Health
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Supply Chain Innovation

  • Penn Medicine – Top Ranked Performer
  • Providence St. Joseph Health



Recognizes the member that best champions inclusion in their supply chain and accelerates economic growth in their local community through the engagement and empowerment of minority-, women- and veteran-owned business enterprises

  • Parkland Health & Hospital System

Recognizes the member that positively contributes to human and environmental health through responsible purchasing decisions

  •  Advocate Health Care