UMMC Named One of 100 Great Hospitals in the U.S.; CEO Rivest Named One of Top 100 Hospital Executives

For immediate release: May 25, 2012

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Karen Lancaster

klancaster@umm.edu | 410-328-8919

Baltimore, Md.-- Becker's Hospital Review has recognized the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) as one of “100 Great Hospitals to Know” for 2012. In addition, UMMC President and CEO Jeffrey A. Rivest has been named to Becker's list of “100 Leaders of Great Hospitals.”

The hospitals acknowledged by Becker's “have demonstrated greatness through clinical accolades, innovation in care delivery, recent capital developments, and the offering of new services, specialty programs or technology.” Criteria for the list includes contributions to the history of American healthcare, noteworthy accomplishments in 2011 and continued strides in 2012.

According to Becker's, “within the Baltimore area, Maryland and the country as a whole, the University of Maryland Medical Center has made a lasting imprint in how it delivers quality care.” UMMC, which is also one of the most environmentally advanced and responsible organizations as ranked by Practice Greenhealth, was the first institution in the world to receive the Outstanding Facility Achievement Award in Perioperative Nursing from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. UMMC was also recognized for its surgical intensive care unit's rate of zero central line-associated bloodstream infections for a 25-week period, mainly due to the dedication and oversight of appointed infection control nurses.

On the list of “100 Leaders of Great Hospitals,” Mr. Rivest is in the company of other hospital presidents, CEOs and directors who have emphasized organizational excellence, patient safety, quality service, financial savvy and an appropriate management demeanor.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team accepted nominations, conducted research and considered other recognized industry sources to develop their lists. Sources include U.S. News & World Report, Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals, HealthGrades, Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients.

The University of Maryland Medical Center is a 779-bed teaching hospital in Baltimore and the flagship institution of the 12-hospital University of Maryland Medical System. As a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation, patients are referred nationally and regionally for advanced medical, surgical and critical care. It also has one of the nation's largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily. All physicians on staff at the Medical Center are faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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