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Our Quality Journey

Nothing is more important to us than our patients’ safety as they receive health care services from us. That’s why clinical quality is the No. 1 strategic priority of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. 

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Over the last several years, UMMC has invested heavily in a comprehensive clinical quality improvement program, staffed by a group of highly skilled professionals with a singular vision for achieving clinical excellence in all our services. This team leads our program, but every health care provider and staff member at UMMC owns the responsibility to ensure high quality care and a positive experience for our patients.

Our quality journey is occurring in a national context in which health care organizations are increasingly accountable for their performance. Through its “Hospital Compare” online database, the Medicare program defines performance gaps on a set of clinical quality measures for all hospitals that provide services to Medicare beneficiaries. In addition, a  number of private organizations, such as The Leapfrog Group, rely on these publicly reported measures – along with others tailored to their objectives – to generate their own quality ratings of hospitals.

It’s important to remember that the public measures tracked by Medicare, and upon which other ratings groups rely, vary from one to four years old when they are published.  For that reason, and for the benefit of our patients and their families, UMMC publishes its quality data on this website. These data are the same that are provided to the Medicare program, but reflect our performance on these measures in the current year.   

We hope you find this information useful as you make choices about your health care.