Why UConn Health
UConn Health is a vibrant, integrated academic medical center that is entering an era of unprecedented growth in all three areas of its mission: academics, research, and clinical care. A commitment to human health and well-being has been of utmost importance to UConn Health since the founding of the University of Connecticut schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine in 1961. Based on a strong foundation of groundbreaking research, first-rate education, and quality clinical care, we have expanded our medical missions over the decades. In just over 50 years, UConn Health has evolved to encompass more research endeavors, to provide more ways to access our superior care, and to innovate both practical medicine and our methods of educating the practitioners of tomorrow.
UConn Health is dedicated to helping people achieve and maintain healthy lives and restoring wellness/health to maximum attainable levels.
In this quest, we will continuously enable students, professionals and agencies in promoting the health of Connecticut’s citizens. We will consistently pursue excellence and innovation in the education of health professionals; the discovery, dissemination and utilization of new knowledge; the provision of patient care; and the promotion of wellness.
UConn Health will be nationally recognized for improving the health of the citizens of Connecticut through innovative integration of research, education, and clinical care. To achieve this, UConn Health will:
- Be admired nationally for the quality of health professionals we train.
- Be viewed as a model for the integration of the latest knowledge into the provision of health care and disease prevention, and for transferring what we have learned into the community.
- Establish our research as relevant, contributory, and transforming.
- Ensure our signature programs’ national reputation based upon translational clinical research, so that patients from a broad geographic area will seek out UConn Health for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Have a strong reputation in our region for utilizing the most effective care practices, as well as maintaining the highest levels of patient safety and satisfaction, leading patients to consistently choose UConn Health medical and dental clinical services over other providers.
- Attract the best students to our schools, and the most skilled faculty and staff to our organization.
- Be an indispensable partner to the State in health care policy development.
- Make significant contributions to the improvement of the health of Connecticut citizens, particularly in underserved communities.
- Be financially strong.
- Excellence — We recognize and support greatness in our caregivers, educators, and students for the benefit of our patients.
- Teamwork — We realize the maximal potential of our students, faculty and staff.
- Leadership — We promote professionalism, compassion, diversity, and social responsibility in all areas.
- Innovation — We are dedicated to the discovery and communication of breakthrough ideas in education and health care delivery, and health promotion.
The Academic Advantage
Because UConn Health is home to the UConn School of Medicine and UConn School of Dental Medicine, patients receive the advantages of the latest innovations and research in health care. UConn physicians and caregivers are leaders in their fields, including emerging areas of personalized medicine, and many have received national and international acclaim.
Since UConn Health's inception, our faculty have been committed to high-quality research programs as part of the institution's fabric. The future of medicine starts here.
Through Bioscience Connecticut, the original research building on the UConn Health campus will be renovated to include space for start-up bioscience businesses. In addition, Bioscience Connecticut is bringing about a new collaboration between the state, UConn, UConn Health, Yale University, and the prestigious Jackson Laboratory. The project enables Connecticut to assume a position of global leadership in genomics and personalized medicine by developing new medical treatments tailored to each patient’s unique genetic makeup.
CONVENIENT COMMUNITY LOCATIONS
The Patient Care Advantage
EXCELLENT QUALITY OF CARE
UConn John Dempsey Hospital is the only hospital in the Farmington Valley awarded an “A” patient safety rating by The Leapfrog Group. This Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
UConn Health is vigilant in its commitment to measurable quality in patient care. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Hospital Compare website, UConn Health is among the best in Connecticut for heart attack care, pneumonia care, Emergency Department, and surgical care.
"A" Rating in Patient Safety
The Leapfrog Group
UConn John Dempsey Hospital has been awarded an “A” rating by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group. The group rates hospitals on the A, B, C, D and F scale, rating them on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety. The Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
BLUE DISTINCTION® IN SPINE SURGERY AND JOINT REPLACEMENT
BlueCross BlueShield Association
The UConn Musculoskeletal Institute is now designated a “Blue Distinction Center” for both spine surgery and total joint replacement.
“Blue Distinction” is a designation from the BlueCross BlueShield Association recognizing health care facilities for their expertise in the safe, efficient, and cost-effective delivery of quality specialty care. UConn Health has been designated as a “Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement” for meeting nationally established quality care and outcomes criteria, and as a “Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery” for meeting those criteria, plus meeting cost measures that address the need for affordable health care.
GOLD PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HOSPITAL
The American Heart Association
The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health has been recognized as a Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Gold Performance Achievement Award Hospital. The award signifies that UConn Health has achieved 85 percent or higher composite adherence to all Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 24-month intervals, and 75 percent or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients. Learn more.
GOLD QUALITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The American Heart Association
The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The recognition signifies that UConn Health has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.
GOLD SEAL OF APPROVAL®
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations
The John Dempsey Hospital at UConn Health earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes UConn Health’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
Advanced Minimally Invasive Gynecology Worldwide (AAGL)
UConn Health is an AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. The program recognizes hospitals and surgeons around the world providing exceptional minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care and dedicated to continuously improving healthcare quality and patient safety.
Quality and awards are nice, but they do not tell the most important part of the story. Making a difference in the lives of our patients is, to us, what we are here to do. Hear first-hand from our patients and their families and friends about their experiences with UConn Health.