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Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center Ranked #2 Nationally for Quality and Safety

Among the 124 Participating Community Hospitals in Vizient’s 2016 Quality and Accountability Study

LEXINGTON, N.C. – Sept. 30, 2016 – Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center is among 14 top-performing community hospitals from across the country to take national honors as a recipient of Vizient, Inc.’s 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D., Quality Leadership Award.

The Birnbaum Award is presented to community hospitals and academic medical centers that are Vizient members and demonstrate excellence in delivery of high quality patient-centered care based on mortality, safety, efficiency, effectiveness and equity data.

Lexington Medical Center President Bill James praised the hospital’s physicians and staff for their hard work and daily efforts to make patients feel cared for like family. "I am incredibly proud of our entire staff for their dedication to providing safe, compassionate care. The fact that it has been recognized in such a significant way with this award is just amazing."

This year, more than 100 academic medical centers and 124 community hospitals were included in Vizient’s 2016 Quality and Accountability Study. The study reviewed hospital performance data from Vizient’s own clinical and core measures data bases, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) patient satisfaction survey and safety data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network.

“Vizient is proud to continue a tradition started by University HealthSystem Consortium of honoring top- performing academic medical centers with the Quality Leadership Award and to extend this recognition to qualifying community hospitals,” said Jody Hatcher, Vizient’s president, sourcing and collaboration services. “This year’s winners all demonstrate a successful leadership style, a shared sense of purpose, a focus on results, and a culture of collaboration, accountability and adaptability; attributes that are necessary to succeed during this time of unrelenting change in our industry. Congratulations to each winning organization.”

The awards were presented during the Vizient Clinical Connections Summit held September 28-30 in Dallas. The event drew approximately 2,200 attendees which included health care professionals from 350 member hospitals and health systems. The Birnbaum award honors Bernard “Bernie” Birnbaum, M.D., a noted health care leader and former member of the University HealthSystem Consortium’s (which is now part of Vizient) board of directors.

Here is the full list of the 2016 community hospital winners:

  • Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing
  • Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
  • Parkland Health Center – Farmington
  • Vidant Duplin Hospital
  • Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital
  • University of Colorado Health – Poudre Valley Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital
  • Vidant Beaufort Hospital
  • Beaumont Hospital – Grosse Pointe
  • Methodist West Houston Hospital
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix Arizona

Media contacts:

Mac Ingraham,, 336-716-3487
Joe McCloskey,, 336-716-1273.