Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak named among top 10 academic medical centers for quality leadership by UHC

University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers, has selected Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak as one of 10 winners of its 2012 UHC Quality Leadership Award.

The award is given to academic medical centers that have demonstrated excellence in delivering high-quality care as measured by the annual UHC Quality & Accountability Study.

The 2012 winners are:

  1. University of Colorado Hospital
  2. Emory University Hospital
  3. The University of Kansas Hospital
  4. University of Utah Health Care
  5. Beaumont Health System (Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak)
  6. Emory University Hospital Midtown
  7. Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minn.
  8. NYU Langone Medical Center
  9. The University of Arizona Medical Center
  10. Denver Health
Leslie Rocher, M.D.,
physician in chief

The UHC Quality & Accountability Study was designed to identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity. The Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care – mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness and efficiency – are used as a guide for the study. This year, 101 UHC members were included in the analysis.

“Being recognized for quality, safety and efficiency outcomes on a national level by UHC is a significant honor,” says Leslie Rocher, M.D., physician in chief, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. “Through this award, the UHC recognizes the best overall performance among  more than 100 elite academic medical centers.”

Shane Cerone, president
Beaumont, Royal Oak

“This recognition is a direct result of the exceptional care that our Beaumont doctors and staff provide to patients every day,” says Shane Cerone, president, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. “It demonstrates our team's focus on high quality care, patient safety, low cost and outstanding outcomes, which equates to high value for our patients, the communities we serve and local employers.” 

The award winners were announced on Sept. 13 at the 2012 UHC Annual Conference in Orlando which drew leaders in quality and safety from more than 100 academic medical centers across the country.

Beaumont qualifies for UHC membership as a fully, integrated academic medical center through its role as the exclusive clinical teaching site of the new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

“Improving patient care and operational effectiveness is of paramount importance to every health care provider, and these organizations are the best of the best,” said Irene M. Thompson, UHC president and chief executive officer. “Being named a UHC Quality Leadership Award winner is truly a reflection of everyone’s efforts at the hospital—from the executives and board members to the physicians to the nurses and support staff.”

About Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

Beaumont’s 1,070-bed hospital in Royal Oak is a major academic, research and referral center with Level I trauma designation. It was named Michigan’s first Magnet-designated hospital for nursing excellence and is an associate member of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related institutions. The hospital ranks among the top hospitals in the United States for inpatient admissions and for surgical volume. Beaumont, Royal Oak has been named the “most preferred hospital” in a five-county area for 14 consecutive years in a consumer survey by National Research Corporation. The hospital is also named in 10 medical specialties on U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” 2012-13 rankings. Beaumont is the exclusive clinical teaching site for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine that welcomed its charter class in Aug. 2011. Visit Beaumont’s website at

About UHC

UHC is an alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers, which are focused on delivering world-class patient care. Based in Chicago, Ill., UHC fosters collaboration with and among its 116 academic medical center and 276 affiliated hospital members through its renowned programs and services in the areas of comparative data and analytics, performance improvement, supply chain management, strategic research and public policy. UHC helps its members achieve excellence in quality, safety and cost-effectiveness. Formed in 1984, UHC’s membership includes a majority of the nonprofit academic medical centers in the United States. For more information, visit