Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington just received high marks in a national health quality study.
According to the annual University HealthSystem Consortium Quality and Accountability Study, Fletcher Allen provides the safest patient care and ranks seventh overall among the 100 participating university hospitals nationwide, for the first time cracking into the top 10.
Officials say Fletcher Allen's success in nearly eliminating bloodstream infections associated with central line catheters was a key factor in its number one patient safety ranking and top 10 status.
"It means that the quality of services provided here at Fletcher Allen Health Care right here in Burlington, Vermont, are equal to the most elite academic medical centers teaching hospitals in the country. And that is something that we have worked hard for as an organization to gain this kind of recognition; it has been a goal of ours for the past many years," said John Brumsted, the president and CEO of FAHC.
Fletcher Allen also ranked number two in the country when it comes to supply chain efficiency, which involves buying and distributing all clinical and nonclinical items at the lowest possible cost.